The various assistance from the government gives hope to the farmers to cope with the challenging time and improve their lives.
The Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Valderrama, Antique expressed their gratitude to the government for the various projects
they received to enhance their livelihood and farm productivity.
Recently, the Department of Agrarian Reform recently turned over various projects in the amount of P2 million to four Agrarian Reform
Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) in the said municipality to assist farmers in the production and marketing of their products.
“Our cooperative extends gratitude to the services and assistance given by DAR to enable us to deliver quality products of vegetable, peanut, and rice,” said Leandro Aquino of Tigmamale Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Valderrama, Antique.
“We will commit to fully implement and enhance these livelihood opportunities given to us for the benefit of our members and the community where we live,” he added.
Tigmamale Agrarian Reform Cooperative availed of P1 million worth of livelihood projects from the Department of Labor and Employment and P250,000 capability-building programs from DAR
under the Agriculture and Agri-Business Development Project.
Katilingban Kang Mangunguma sa Pandanan (KAMPA) Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAMPA MPC) representative Mr. Danilo Bayog also expressed his gratitude saying that the provision of projects and technical skills training by DAR would inevitably alleviate his fellow residents in their agrarian reform communities from poverty because of the additional job and income it brings.
KAMPA MPC is a recipient of Village Level Farm Productivity project with a budget allocation of Php 300,000 and an additional P400,000 from the Municipal Government of Valderrama intended to enhance their peanut processing center and marketing of their product.
In addition, two other ARBOs in Valderrama availed of projects also from DAR namely the Buluangan 1 Multi-Purpose Cooperative which got a Mini Delivery Truck amounting to P600,000 for marketing transport facility and Katilingban kang mga Magagmay nga Mangunguma sa Buluangan 2, Valderrama which also got the greenhouse project under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support for Sustainable Livelihood in the amount of P250,000.
The said agrarian reform beneficiary organizations have a combined membership of 817 farmers who will directly benefit from the various projects in their respective agrarian reform communities.
DAR Regional Director and lawyer Sheila B. Enciso, during the turnover ceremony, said that despite the pandemic and the challenges posed by the weather, DAR remains committed to assisting farmers' organizations in the province in increasing their revenue.
“The DAR doesn’t only distribute lands but also provides necessary support services to uplift the life of all the agrarian reform beneficiaries,” Enciso said.
She likewise encouraged everyone to apply the skills and knowledge acquired from the training and seminars and enrich the support facilities being provided to increase their productivity to enable them to become farmer-entrepreneurs.
For his part, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Florentino D. Siladan reiterated that all the interventions of the agency are in line with DAR’s battle cry “Tunay na Pagbabago sa Repormang Agraryo” under the leadership of Secretary Bro. John R. Castriciones with a goal towards rural development and national industrialization. (JBG/DAR/PIA-Antique)