25 Pamana ‘peace’ projects turned over to Zambo farmers

web pamana01THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has sown the “seeds of peace” when it turned over 25 “peace” projects to 25 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) aimed at spurring rural development and promoting lasting peace and order in Zamboanga del Sur.

DAR-Western Mindanao Regional Director Julita Ragandang said 1,896 farmer-beneficiaries, comprising 6,088 households with an estimated 34,000 population, would directly benefit from the projects, which included water systems, post-harvest facilities, solar and stilt dryers, farm implements and a number of cattle heads for fattening, among others.

web pamana02Ragandang said the projects represent the initial offering out of the 166 projects that are being implemented under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana), which is being carried out by the DAR under the direct supervision of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

They serve as DAR’s legacy to the public under the Pamana Phase 1 project in agrarian reform areas,” Ragandang said.

web pamana03Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Arturo Soria said the finished project were turned over to the barangay chairmen of the 25 villages in Dinas town where the 25 ARBOs are operating.

Soria said among the projects that were turned over to the barangay chairmen were multi-purpose buildings for barangays Bacawan, Benuatan, Nian, Guinicolalay, Don Jose, Songayan, Pisaan and Lower Dipaya; water systems for Barangays Kinakap, Ignacio Garrata, Legarda Uno, Dos and Tres and Dimaya Proper.

Soria added that a number of cattles for fattening were distributed for farmers in Dongos; six mud boats and a hand tractor for East Migpulao; tire path for Poblacion; solar dryer for Sumpotan and Sambulawan, stilt dryer for Locuban; and, water systems for Sagacad, Legarda Uno, Old Mirapao and Nangka.

“Sangko sa langit ang akong kalipay sa mga ekwipo nga among nadawat (I am highly overjoyed for the farm equipments that we received),” barangay chairman Mosnain Diwa said during the simple turnover ceremonies.

Diwa added that the projects under Pamana prove that our government is sincere in delivering much-needed support services that would help harmonize the relationship between Christians and Muslims. Truly, neither creed nor tribe hinders us to realize our dreams through Pamana.