Some 300 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Rizal were all sated and glowing with glee after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently feted them with a day of food, fun and games.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Amado Blor said that the objective of the event is to have an assembly of farmer-beneficiaries of Rizal for a “kumustahan,” to determine the farmers’ current situation.
“This Farmers’ Day was held at the Veranda Banquet Hall in Tanay,Rizal to know their concerns so we can properly address them. It is also a way to show them the various projects and support services that DAR has provided them,” Blor said of the day-long festivities on Monday.
“The Farmers’ Day started with an open forum where they threshed out their concerns on land, titling and their requests for support services,” Blor said, adding that the DAR provided the farmers a short lecture on how to adapt to climate change.
“There were also product sampling of the farmers’ products like carrot and malunggay noodles, fruit jams and fruit wines to determine what each product needs to improve on. All these activities were interspersed with hearty meals, parlor games and raffle draws,” added Blor.
A prototype of an ambulant vending vehicle was also shown to the farmers to sell and promote the products of agrarian reform communities (ARCs) of Rizal.
“We plan to have six of these vehicles for each of the six ARCs of Rizal. We are currently drafting a memorandum of agreement for this vending vehicle project,” Blor said.
The invited farmer-beneficiaries came from the municipalities of Jalala, Tanay, Pililla, Morong and Baras. The second and last batch for the Farmers’ Day will be on October 29 for the farmer-beneficiaries of Antipolo, Angono, Pinugay, Rodriguez, San Mateo and Teresa.
“We are happy to see them having a relaxing and enjoyable day. With all their back-breaking work, they deserve it,” said Blor.
Present at the Farmers’ Day were Tanay Mayor Rafael Tanjuatco and Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Director Teresita Panlilio.