Senate Oks P8B DAR 2019 budget

news national 1 pix 1 december 8 2018The Senate has approved the P8.202-billion proposed budget of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for 2019.

Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones said that through this budget the department will continue to support the beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and sustain the improvement of the agriculture sector.

“For 2019, DAR aims to distribute 41,077 hectares of land which will benefit a total of 31,132 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB),” Castriciones said.

He added that the agency made the 2019 budget proposal for DAR-CARP based on the National Expenditure Program comprising of P4.506 billion for Personnel Services, P3.548 billion for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses, and P147.960 million for Capital Outlay.

The budget also includes funding for programs on security of tenure (P2.47 billion), agrarian reform beneficiaries development and sustainability programs and foreign-assisted projects (P1.939 billion), and tiller’s rights and welfare (P806 million).

Earlier, Sen. Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, pushed the DAR to allot more funds for the development and sustainability programs of ARBs.

Villar urged the DAR to increase the budget for the acquisition of farm machines and equipment.

“The barriers of farmers toward stability and competitiveness is mechanization so we have to mechanize both in the aspect of producing and processing the products,” she said. 

Photo: Sen. Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, defends the DAR 2019 budget to the Senate plenary session as DAR Chief John R. Castriciones looks on.

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