The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over 18 six-wheeler hauling trucks to 18 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBO) in Tacloban City.
“Our commitment to our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) does not end with the distribution of farm lands. It is only a start of our continuing support to them,” said DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones.
“These ARBOs were fortunate to be included among the qualified recipients of the farm machineries identified nationwide. With 18 trucks given to 18 cooperatives, this translates to around 2,000 farmer-members and non-members that will be benefitted by the trucks,” added Castriciones.
The hauling trucks, worth P81 million, were provided under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program.
ARCCESS is a major component of the DAR that aims to assist the ARBOs in developing their business enterprise.
“The ARCCESS project aims to strengthen ARBOs by making them hubs of support services in the community which are expected to increase ARB household incomes and improve the farmers’ resiliency,” Castriciones said.
The ARBO-recipients of the equipment were the following: Pastrana Agrarian Reform Community Farmers Organization, Omaganhan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative, Maalsada Fisco, Hacienda Maria Multipurpose Cooperative, Merida Agricultural Diversified Services Multipurpose Cooperative, Bgy. Agutayan Farmers Association, Lico Agrarian Reform Cooperative, San Francisco Multipurpose Cooperative, Legaspi Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, Villa Hermosa Oriental Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, San Gabriel ARB Association, San Pablo Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Growers Integrated Farmers Association, Canloterio Farmers Association, Centralized Farmers Association, Victoria ARC Cooperative, San Jose Farmers Association and Northern Samar Rice Producers Multipurpose Cooperative.
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Emily Padilla said the trucks were awarded to the farmers’ organizations with the aim of improving the quality of life of its members, as this can greatly help the hauling needs of the farmers and serve as an added service of the cooperative.
“The earnings will be used as business asset of the organization and for the maintenance of the trucks,” explained Padilla.
Romulo Ocubillo, chief executive officer of one of the awarded ARBOs, said the truck will help improve the group’s services to its members. Farmer-members can use the dump trucks with lower rental fee.
By offering hauling services “our cooperative will have another source of income,” Ocubillo added.
Zosimo Amores, a farmer-member of another ARBO, said the dump truck would be of great help in hauling their rice and vegetable produce.
“We can now save money from rentals which cost P1,000 to P1,500 per trip depending on the distance and road condition,” Amores said.
Also present during the turnover ceremonies were DAR Regional Director Shiela Enciso, Assistant Regional Directors Fe Malinao and Ismael Aya-ay, Head Executive Assistant Lorenzo Castriciones, DAR lawyer Atty. Jason Collado, and Tacloban Governor Leopoldo Petilla.
Photo 1: Secretary John R. Castriciones led the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Governor Leopoldo Petilla, DAR Undersecretary Emily Padilla and Regional Director Shiela Enciso.
Photo 2: Zosimo Amores, a farmer-member of Northern Samar Rice Producers Multipurpose Cooperative said the dump truck would of great help in hauling their rice and vegetable produce.
Photo 3: Secretary John R. Castriciones inspects the hauling trucks hours before turning it over to 18 cooperatives.
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