QUEZON CITY, Nov. 20 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 120 hectares of agricultural lands in Donsol town in the province of Sorsogon. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Leonito M. Gaveria said 35 farmer-beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program received the certificate of landownership award (CLOAs) and are now expecting a great improvement in their economic lives.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 120 hectares of agricultural lands in Donsol town in the province of Sorsogon.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Leonito M. Gaveria said 35 farmer-beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program received the certificate of landownership award (CLOAs) and are now expecting a great improvement in their economic lives.
“The DAR’s mission is not only to distribute lands to landless farmers; but also to provide support services because our purpose is not only to make you owners of the land you till but also to transform you into entrepreneurs,” Gaveria said.
Gaveria advised the farmer-beneficiaries to join in agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) so that they would benefit more in terms of getting a package from DAR’s support services.
He cited the Village-Level Processing Center Enhancement Project in Bulan, another town in Sorsogon, and other projects under the program beneficiaries’ development as example of how the DAR transforms the ARBs into entrepreneurs.
Donsol Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz said that the farmer-beneficiaries are very fortunate to have the said opportunities. “Make your land productive, it is your ticket as your way out from poverty,” she added.
Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Representative Rollie Dela Peña said the distributed properties were formerly owned by private individuals and that the new CLOA holders should pay their amortizations to the LBP.
“I am so thankful to DAR because I got this land. Me and my fellow beneficiaries will pay our dues and we promise that we will do our best to develop these landholdings,” said Fe Tan, one of the Land recipients. (alura jaso)
GUINOBATAN, Albay—Thirty farmers from the town of Sungtan here graduated from the Farm Business School (FBS) established by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to develop their farm enterprise and make their business operations profitable.
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Atty. Leo Miguel A. Ramos said the graduates are farmer-members of the Guinobatan Highland Agrarian Reform Community Association (GHARCA).
“The FBS is an on-site entrepreneurial training and education that aims to capacitate our farmers on farm technology and agribusiness. This is a realization and fulfilment of the memorandum of agreement executed between the DAR-Albay and the municipality of Guinobatan on April 19, 2016,” explained Ramos.
FBS Coordinator Josefa Riva said the farmers were taught how to become entrepreneurs and how to treat farms as enterprises to improve farm production.
“During the 25 sessions, they were trained on market survey, accounting, farm budget planning, benchmarking, and market forum and matching,” added Riva.
Farmer Delia Rebueno, the batch’s first honor, said the training has opened opportunities for her as she is now considered an entrepreneur.
Present at the graduation rites was Guinobatan Mayor Ann Ongsioco who said farmers can expect assistance without hesitation as long as the LGU is capable of providing such assistance.
“I am very grateful to the farmers of GHARCA for their cooperation and responsiveness to the projects given to them,” Ongsioco stated.
She also acknowledged Dong Arevalo, a member of the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Agriculture for his support and assistance; and the Municipal Agriculture Officer Stephen Oli, for sharing his expertise and experiences in agriculture.
The produce of the farmers were likewise showcased and sold to the audience after the graduation.
The graduation rite was held on July 28, 2016. (Joan D. Neo)
Photo 1: PARPO Atty. Leo Miguel Ramos delivers his message to the graduates.
Photo 2: FBS coordinator Josefa Diva Riva (left) together with the outstanding ARB-graduates.
NAGA CITY—Farmers here are now earning extra income after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) launched the Lirag Organic Rice Coffee to the buying public on June 15, 2016 at the DAR provincial office here.
The organic rice coffee product is grown and produced by the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Lirag Agrarian Reform Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative (LARFBCO).
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Raquel P. Claveria said the farmer-members of LARFBCO, whose main income comes from rice farming, is not enough for their families.
“Their income just cover their basic needs. They badly need additional income to pay for other necessities like clothing and school expenses for their children,” Claveria said.
Claveria said the ARBs, headed by cooperative Chairman Engr. Jaime Abonita, went to the DAR to ask assistance in venturing into rice coffee production with the objective of generating employment and additional income to ARB members.
The DAR, in response, went into partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA).
“The DTI provided the trainings in putting-up the rice coffee business, the DOST taught the farmers in processing organic rice into instant coffee mix while the CBSUA trained the farmers in organic rice farming,” explained Claveria.
According to Claveria the cooperative started the rice coffee business last January where they market-tested the product. “With the help of our partner-agencies, the product has greatly improved its quality and is now at par with the commercial brands in the market.”
“It is also very affordable. The suggested retail price is only P 45.00 per 100-gram pouch,” added Claveria.
According to Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Augusto Medina, Jr. the emergence of numerous coffee shops in the Bicol region will help boost the rice coffee business of the farmers.
“It means they have a ready market for their product. We are helping them sell their products by linking them to buyers like groceries and coffee shops in the province,” Medina said. (May B. Peña)
Photo 1: The Lirag Organic Rice Coffee served with variations during its product launching on June 15, 2016, held at the DAR Camarines Sur 1 Provincial Office in Naga City.
Photo 2: The Lirag Rice Coffee mix in 100-gram packs.