The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over a post-harvest facility (PHF) with solar dryer pavement worth Php 6.9 million in Catanduanes.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Alexander T. Teves said the project was implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP-III).
He said the facility is formally turned-over to the San Andres municipal government through Councilor Medin Zafe, who represented Mayor Peter C. Cua and to the farmer beneficiary organization of BisCab Multipurpose Cooperative represented by its Chairperson, Marites V. Santelices.
Teves said the post harvest facility was built on the lot donated by Mayor Cua at barangay Datag, one of the covered areas of ARC-SAHA in this municipality.
Teves added that the project is worth Php6,882,681.00 funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), its implementing arm. The MLGU-San Andres served its project equity as partner –recipient of the project.The Agrarian Reform Information and Marketing Center (AIM-C) building which is the PHF infrastructure support given under ARISP-III in Burabod ARC, will be host to different purposes in support to agri-product warehousing and trading, databank, investment forums and trainings, processing, and other extension services.
Aside from BISCAB-MPC, tasked to take charge of the building is the barangay council of Datag led by its Punong Barangay, Julio Avila. The village chief joined other officials present in the turn-over in assuring that the project located in his barangay would properly serve its purpose.
PARPO Teves, Mayor Cua and Mr. Gilbert Gualberto who represented Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, were one in saying that the project would be a great help to CARP beneficiaries in the municipality. (EDUARDO S. VILLAR)