STA. ROSA, Nueva Ecija — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provided farmers here a total of P9.31 million in assistance as part of its thrust to lessen the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Secretary John Castriciones said they have been doing the rounds nationwide since the pandemic was declared last year and they recognize that the country must maintain food security.
A total of 75 motorcycles with sidecars, worth P5.51 million, were given to Novo Ecijano farmers under its livelihood program in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Two 40-horsepower tractors were also turned over to the Lawang Kupang Farmers ARB Cooperative from San Antonio and the Calabalabaan Farmers ARB Cooperative from the Science City of Muñoz amounting to P1.99 million.
DAR, along with LandBank of the Philippines, likewise provided financial assistance worth P1.81 million to the Talavera Handicraft Makers and Processed Foods Producers Cooperative and the Bagong Talavera Agrarian Reform Cooperative.
The department also distributed 216 Certificate of Land Ownership Awards covering 111.34 hectares to 200 farmers.
Castriciones said one of DAR’s primary mandates is to provide farmlands to uphold social justice, as farmers who have been tilling for years deserve to have their properties.