A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Department of Agrarian Reform-2 and the local government of Isabela for a project called Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty, or PHAP Project.
The MOA was signed by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Lucrecia Taberna, Isabela Councilor Elsa Candelario, representing Mayor Joselitxo Malabor, and Brgy. Banog-banog Agrarian Reform Farmers Association president Rodito Balasabas.
The PHAP Project is a cooperation of the three line agencies composed of the DAR, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Social Welfare and Development withthe objective to reduce hunger and poverty in rural communities and to increase the income of the households of every agrarian reform beneficiary.
Under the MOA, the DAR will allocate P400,000 for project-related activities like trainings, purchase of farm machineries and equipments. The BBARFA will allot a 1,000-quare meter land to be used as demo farm for the project site.
Also, BBARFA will spearhead the construction of the project facilities and will serve as integrator in the production of vegetables and other produce. They will also maintain the operations and facilities, being the joint venture of the association and the individual farmers.
The local government of Isabela meanwhile, will serve as marketing arm of the project. They will purchase the farmers' produce for the Supplemental Feeding Program of the DSWD and for distribution to markets.
BBARFA is the first and only recipient of the PHAP Project in the whole of Negros Occidental. The project will directly benefit some 1,000 residents of the barangays, particularly the 53 ARBs of the BBARFA.*