La Union ARBO hails DAR for helping them survive Covid 19-induced hunger, poverty

An officer of the INAMPIC gives a representative of the BJMP details of the bureau’s purchase order.

AN agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO) in La Union has expressed its gratitude to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for coming to their rescue when the going got tough during the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus 19.

Jose Laroya, chairperson of the Inabaan Norte Agricultural Multi-Purpose Cooperative (INAMPC), said the DAR turned things around for them when the agency started distributing quarantine passes, which have enabled them to sell their harvests even beyond their village.

A member of the INAMPC lends a hand to a jail officer in bringing to the BJMP vehicle the purchased farm products.

“The strict health protocols had confined the marketing of our harvests within our barangay and neighboring villages, which often left our products rotting due to limited sales,” Laroya recalled.

DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones took it upon himself to make representation for the farmers before the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to grant them some leeway in the marketing of their harvests.

“The idea was to make food available in the urban areas where hunger was prevailing due to the scarcity of food, and allow the farmers to save their crops from spoilage while turning them into cash,” Bro. John, as Castriciones is fondly called, said.

The farm products the BJMP bought from the INAMPC.

Laroya said his group quickly grabbed the opportunity, pooled their harvests together, and embarked on marketing them to various localities in La Union.

The biggest break, Laroya said, came when the DAR and other national government agencies launched the “Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP),” where farmers’ organizations have been introduced to various government agencies and private institutions to serve as marketing outlets for their farm products.

For seven months the INAMPC grossed P330,768 from the sales of its products to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in La Union and to the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, making it the fourth top grosser among farmers’ organizations nationwide.

“We owe it to the government, especially the DAR, for turning things around for us for the better,” Laroya said.

La Union ARBO pinasalamatan ang DAR sa pagsalba sa kanila mula sa gutom at kahirapan sa panahon ng pandemya

MARUBDOB ang pasasalamat ng isang agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO) sa Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) sa pagsalba nito sa grupo sa bingit ng kahirapan sa panahon ng hagupit ng Novel Coronavirus 19.

Sinabi ni Jose Laroya, chairperson ng Inabaan Norte Agricultural Multi-Purpose Cooperative (INAMPC), na binago ng DAR ang kanilang buhay tungo sa kasaganaan simula nang mamahagi ito ng quarantine passes na nagbigay daan upang maibenta nila ang kanilang mga ani sa iba’t-ibang bayan ng lalawigan ng La Union.

“Noong pinaiiral ang napakahigpit na health protocols, ibinebenta lamang namin ang aming mga ani sa loob ng barangay, dahilan upang mabulok ang aming mga ani dahil sa kakaunti lamang ang namimili,” ani Laroya.

Si DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones ang unang tumugon sa kanilang pangangailangan nang pakiusapan nito ang Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) na bigyang luwag ang mga magsasaka na maibenta ang kanilang mga ani.

“Ang ideya ay ang mailuwas ang mga pagkain sa mga kabayanan kung saan umiiral ang kagutuman dahil sa kakulangan sa pagkain, at bigyan ng pagkakataon ang ating mga magsasaka na maisalba sa pagkabulok ang kanilang mga ani at maibenta ang mga ito,” pahayag ni Bro. John, nakasanayang tawag kay Castriciones.

Ayon kay Laroya, mabilis na sinunggaban ng kanilang grupo ang pagkakataon, at kanilang inipon ang mga ani at ibinenta sa iba’t-ibang bayan ng lalawigan ng La Union.

Ang malaking pagkakataong dumating sa grupo, sabi ni Laroya, ay nang ilunsad ng DAR, kasama ang iba’t-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan, ang “Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP),” kung saan hinikayat ang iba’t-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan at maging sa mga pribadong kumpanya na bumili na lang nang direkta sa mga magsasaka ng kani-kanilang suplay na pagkain.

Sa loob ng pitong buwan nakapagbenta na ang INAMPC ng may kabuuang P330,768 mula sa mga dinala nilang mga ani sa Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) sa La Union at sa Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, na nagtampok dito bilang ika-apat na organisasyon na may napakalaking benta sa buong bansa.

“Utang namin ang lahat ng ito sa ating pamahalaan, lalong lalo na sa DAR, na naging daan upang mabago ang aming kalagayan, mula sa kahirapan tungo sa kasaganaan,” sabi ni Laroya.