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30 Albay farmers graduate from farm business school

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 26 2016GUINOBATAN, 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.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 26 2016

“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.


Farmers earn extra from organic rice coffee

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 7 2016NAGA 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.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 7 2016

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.


DAR turns over P17.2M road in Masbate

news reg 2 pix 1 july28 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over a P17,293,026 worth farm-to-market road to the local government unit (LGU) of Mobo in the province of Masbate to provide the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) easier and faster access to deliver their products to various markets.

DAR Regional Director Luis Bueno, Jr said the 3.4-kilometer road, stretching from Barangay Lalaguna to Barangay Umabay Interior, both within LaUmaExinPi (barangays Lalaguna, Umabay Exterior and Interior, Pinamalatican) Agrarian Reform Community, would certainly boost the economic lives of the ARBs in the community because the faster travel time to deliver their farm produces would give them more time to cultivate their farms.

The farm-to-market road was the second completed project in this community funded by Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Program-Phase III (ARISP III) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Mobo. The first infrastructure project was a P2.7 million worth Communal Irrigation System (CIS) which was turned over to Sagawsawan-Mobo Irrigators Association in 2014.news reg 2 pix 2 july 28 2016

"It is very heartwarming to see our ARISP III projects being fully utilized and enjoyed by our farmer-beneficiaries and other farmer-residents in Mobo. This road complements the irrigation system since both projects help in increasing the agricultural productivity and market accessibility of farmers in LaUmaExinPi ARC. I commend the local government of Mobo for showing and giving us goodwill, support and cooperation," Bueno said.   

news reg 2 pix 3 july 28 2016Vice Mayor Percival Castillo upon receiving the certificate of completion of the project from the DAR  said that the road project is a double blessing since it does not only advance the agricultural sector, it also opens up tourism spots in the area that could give additional livelihood to the residents of the community.

"The farm-to-market road has connected distant farms in Barangay Umabay Interior to the national road. It lessened the effort and expenditure of farmers in bringing their produce to the market; and provided a faster and safer access to tourist spots in the area like the Sagawsawan Waterfall and the biggest Toog tree (Philippine Rosewood) in the country." Castillo said.

Aside from, Director Bueno and Vice Mayor Castillo, representing Mayor Susan Castillo, other personalities who attended the ceremony include Assistant Regional Director Rodrigo Realubit, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Felix Fruto, OIC-PARPO I Herald Tambal, OIC-Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Floro Espares; and other government officials. (PIO Ross Aguilar Lustestica)

Catanduanes is now LAD-Free as it distributes 50 more land titles

news reg pix 1 july 13 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently declared Catanduanes free from land acquisition and distribution (LAD).

In a formal declaration, Regional Director (RD) Luis B. Bueno Jr. handed over to Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Alexander T. Teves a LAD-Free Certification he signed together with Asst. Regional Director for Operations, Samuel Solomero.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Alexander T. Teves said  Catanduanes has a total scope on LAD of 15, 014.5970 hectares.

He said under private agricultural land mode of acquisition, 95% rate were distributed in different activities such as operation land transfer, government financing institution, voluntary offer to sell, compulsory acquisition, and voluntary land transfer.

Teves added that there are 10,270 farmer beneficiaries benefited from the program.news reg pix 2 july 13 2016

In the same event, RD Bueno led the key regional officials and the Bicol PARPOs in distributing certificates of landownership award (CLOA) to 50 beneficiaries in Palumbanes Island, Toytoy, Caramoran  covering  102 hectares.

The beneficiaries were unanimous in their pledge of commitment to make their newly awarded lands become productive and consistent with the DAR’s rural development activities in the agrarian reform communities. (Eduardo S. Villar)


Region V News

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30 Albay farmers graduate from farm business school

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… Read More..
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Farmers earn extra from organic rice coffee

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… Read More..
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DAR turns over P17.2M road in Masbate

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over a P17,293,026 worth farm-to-market road to the local government unit (LGU) of Mobo in the province of Masbate to provide the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) easier and faster access to deliver… Read More..
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Catanduanes is now LAD-Free as it distributes 50 more land…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently declared Catanduanes free from land acquisition and distribution (LAD). In a formal declaration, Regional Director (RD) Luis B. Bueno Jr. handed over to Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO)… Read More..

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