KIDAPAWAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Dec 2 (PIA) -- Banisilan Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in Banisilan, North Cotabato was recently adjudged as the 2014 Most Progressive ARC in Mindanao, an official of the Department of Agrarian Reform here announced.
Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II, said Banisilan ARC was recognized during the Annual Awards and Recognition Program Awarding Ceremonies at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Center in Quezon City.
“DAR-Cotabato Provincial Office is very proud for the feat the Banisilan ARC has achieved, where our hard work in community development is recognized,” Abella said.
DAR-National Agrarian Reform Community Task Force (NARCTF) evaluated ARCs for their level of development, agricultural productivity, social mobilization, development strategies, and sustainability mechanisms, wherein, according to Abella Banisilan ARC showed excellent performance.
“Banisilan ARC has been a recipient of UNDP-SARDIC program in 1998, DAR-STARCM project in 2002, and SPOTS I project in 2004 wherein the NARCTF has found the projects growing and sustaining up to this time,” Abella said.
“The cooperation and support of the communities has been the key to the success of all programs and projects extended to them by DAR, and other government and non-government organizations. Thus, the award would not have been made possible without the participation of the people.”
Banisilan ARC, comprised of barangays Gastav, Kalawaig, and Paradise, was launched as an ARC in 1993
It has a total land acquisition and distribution scope of 3,682.8312 hectares and with 860 agrarian reform beneficiaries.
DAR used ARC as a development approach to increase farm production, improve household income, and promote sustainable development in the countryside since 1993.
“We are also acknowledging the outstanding contributions and commitment of other key players who have made the success of CARP possible,” Abella said.
The award was given in line with the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming.
North Cotabato has 33 ARCs. (ROrejudos-DAR N. Cotabato/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)