“Ako malaumon nga atong mapadangat ang kalamboan ngadto sa tibuok probinsiya pinaagi sa atong mga proyekto alang sa mga katawhan.” (I am hopeful that progress and development will be attained by the province through the different projects we implemented for the people)
These were the words of Governor Roberto Y. Uy of Zamboanga del Norte during the recent groundbreaking ceremony of the 2.5 kilometers ZNAC, Tampilisan farm-to-market-road amounting to P12.1 million under the Department of Agrarian Reform - Agrarian Reform Community Project II (DAR-ARCP2).
Governor Uy also stressed all these different government projects aim to uplift the standard of living of our farmers and that he is grateful to DAR for bringing about community development through this project.
It can be noted that DAR accelerates the delivery of support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries and other farmers through the implementation of foreign- assisted projects (FAPs), one of which is the ARCP2. Under the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Communities Development Framework, these FAPs provide a package of interventions designed to ensure the productivity of awarded lands, increase household incomes and enhance the socio-economic status of Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) residents. Specifically, it covers gender and development as well as participation of the indigenous people.
OIC PARO II Moh. Dassan J. Adju, in his message during the program, also expressed that DAR’s thrust is to continue its development efforts for the welfare of the agrarian reform beneficiaries towards poverty alleviation. “We never stopped to push the development of our agrarian reform communities,” he said.
On his part, Tampilisan Mayor Angeles Carloto II, expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards DAR for their efforts in working towards the development of their municipality through ARCP2. He also challenged his constituents in pursuing this project until its completion.
The ARCP2 is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its long-term development goal is to reduce poverty in about 152 ARC clusters located in southern Philippines. Specifically, it aims to contribute to sustained improvements in the incomes of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and non-ARBs and in the quality of life in the ARC.
The ARCP2 is designed to provide development investment in the different components; namely: the community-driven development as a lead component to mobilize the community, strengthen the organizational processes, improve governance and build stronger platform for sustainability. Agriculture and Enterprise development to increase productivity and profitability of income generating activities, develop and improve markets and market linkages, and promote agribusiness. On the other hand, the rural infrastructure component is an enabler to improved production, cropping intensity, cost effectiveness and access to services, and enhanced ARC connectivity to promote agribusiness. — Ma. Socorro C. Reambonanza – Information Officer IIII