KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- Two agrarian reform beneficiary groups in South Cotabato recently received machineries with a combined cost of Php10.5 million intended to boost their production and profit.
Report from the Department of Agrarian Reform in South Cotabato identified the beneficiaries as the Glamang Communal Irrigators’ Association (GCIA) in Polomolok town and the Banga Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (BARCCO) in Banga town.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix Frias disclosed that the GCIA was given two
90 horsepower Massey Ferguson tractor and one corn sheller with accessories and tools. These have a total value of Php 6.3 million.
Meanwhile the BARCCO received a 120 horsepower Massey Ferguson tractor amounting to Php4.15 million.
Representatives of the recipient Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) gratefully welcomed the free farm machineries that the government granted them.
“We’ve waited for the promised tractor for almost three years, which came to a point that we thought there is no hope this would be realized,” said Romeo Balleras, BARCCO chairman.
“Now that the we have finally received this tractor from DAR, we are delighted because we have in our hands machineries that would definitely promote improvements in the lives of our members and other ARBOs in our area,” he added.
Meanwhile, Godofredo Diot, chairperson of Barangay Glamang and chairman of the GCIA, pledged they will be watchful of the upkeep of the machines they received.
“We assure the Department of Agrarian Reform that we will always be true to Trust Agreement on which we have promised to properly manage the machines so that these would bring forth more blessings for our cooperative. More power to DAR and its programs.
The machineries were turned over to the associations as common service facilities under the DAR- Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).
ARCCESS aims to promote livelihood of the ARBOs through the dispersal of services that could help develop the livelihood of the agrarian reform beneficiaries and their family. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from KDSespeñe-DAR SoCot)