The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently completed the implementation of 68 peace projects amounting to P20.4-million in 68 barangays in six municipalities of Sultan Kudarat.
The completed projects include 25 solar dryers, nine multi-purpose buildings, nine animal dispersals, eight solar dryer with shed, seven construction of fences around barangay halls and schools, six subdivision surveys of barangay sites, two potable water systems, one post harvest facility and one mini rice mill.
The projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan in Agrarian Reform Areas (PAMANA-ARA) are implemented in partnership with 68 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in 68 barangays and local government units (LGUs) of Columbio, President Quirino, Lambayong, Isulan, Senator Ninoy Aquino and Lutayan, to spur rural developments and promote peace and order in the area.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Rodolfo Alburo said that there are 4,739 direct beneficiaries of the projects, 3,155 of them are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), 1,328 non-ARBs and 256 indigenous peoples.
He said that the figures represent the total number of members listed in the ARBOs in 68 barangays.
“Each direct beneficiary belongs to one household, so imagine how many could actually benefit from these projects by simply multiplying it with each member of the household,” Alburo added.
He cited the farmers from neighboring barangays that could also benefit from the projects.
“For instance, a solar dryer or a potable water system in a far-flung barangay can serve not only the locals but also residents from neighboring barangays,” Alburo cited. “It could even be an income-generating service of the ARBO.” he added. (Jose Jemuel B. Dael)