The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently held “Magsasakang Pinaunlad ng Agraryo” (MPA) among the different Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) to recognize their success based on their awarded lands and on the support services provided to them to uplift their quality of life.
DAR Region 2 Director, Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson said 15 farmers were awarded with the MPA in five different categories, namely Rice Category, Corn Category, High Value Commercial Crops (HVCC) Category, and Integrated Farming Category.
Ayson said the awardees for the Magsasakang Pinaunlad ng Agraryo in Rice Category are Ramon U. Ipan, Sr. in Cagayan, Ricarte B. Ilarde in Isabela, Romulo B. Curameng in Nueva Viscaya, and Reynaldo Quesada in Quirino.
Awardees for Magsasakang Pinaunlad ng Agraryo - Corn Category are Leonita F. Paleg in Cagayan, Modesto C. Garo in Isabela, Jose D. Bibas in Nueva Viscaya and Harry A. Bangasan in Quirino.
Awardees for Magsasakang Pinaunlad ng Agraryo - HVCC Category are Francisco Delos Santos in Cagayan, Raquel G. Peralta in Nueva Viscaya and Benjamin Castillo in Quirino.
Awardees for Magsasakang Pinaunlad ng Agraryo - Integrated Farming Category are Ricardo G. Pamittan in Cagayan, Norberto C. Rosales in Isabela, Mariano P. Gaco in Nueva Viscaya and Angelina T. Nicolas in Quirino.
Ayson said the search for a “Maunlad at Progresibong ARBO” for every province was also held which gave recognition to the most progressive Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in all aspects.
Ayson disclosed that the ”Maunlad at Progresibong ARBO” were awarded to Batanes – Caparian Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, Cagayan – Bugnay Farmers Marketing Cooperative, Isabela – Villacabanes Credit Cooperative, Nueva Vizcaya – Bantinan Consumers Cooperative and Quirino – Aglipay North Agri-business Association (ANABA).
“These exemplary farmers and ARBOs need to be given due recognition for their determination to improve their quality of life out of the lands awarded to them and with the corresponding support services that DAR provides for them. Their accomplishments are clear representation of DAR’s fulfilment of its goals and mandate,” Ayson added. (Danielicah dela Cruz)