Samar ARC gets early
Christmas gifts from House AR Committee
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Agrarian reform beneficiaries at Panoypoy Agrarian Reform
Community got an early Christmas treat from House Committee on
Agrarian Reform members Representatives Pryde Henry Teves and Nasser
The two congressmen
visited Panoypoy agrarian reform community (ARC) during their recent
trip to Samar province for the congressional hearing on House Bill 374
(Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill) held in Calbayog City.
Former Agrarian Reform
Secretary now “AA KASOSYO” Party List Representative Pangandaman
pledged P100,000 assistance to a cooperative composed of agrarian
reform beneficiaries (ARBs) as he and Representative Teves (3rd
District, Negros Oriental) side-tripped to Panoypoy ARC prior to the
start of the hearing in the afternoon of November 17 with the Bill
author “Anak Pawis” Rep. Rafael Mariano.
The amount will be
utilized for the Panoypoy Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc.’s livelihood
activities particularly on vegetable production to raise the income of
every ARB household here, Mr. Jose Alsmith Soria, DAR-8 Information
The cooperative was
required to submit a proposal before the amount will be released, Mr.
Development Facilitator Raul Monforte disclosed that the average
annual household income in this ARC is at P58,000 which is below the
For his part, Rep.
Teves, chairman of the committee on agrarian reform in the Lower
House, called on the members of the cooperative to submit resolutions
requesting funding for projects that would help improve the lives of
the farmers particularly the 62 ARBs in this area.
Teves instructed the
ARBs to submit all these documents to his office in the House of
Representatives as soon as possible to be included in the agenda of
the committee’s next session and eventually get funded under the
current fiscal year.
Among the problems
presented by the cooperative and prayed that these get funded are road
opening in the interior-most part of Barangay Panoypoy to hasten the
transportation of the farmer’s products for trading; and the upgrading
of water supply facility in the area from level-1 to level-2.
From Barangay Panoypoy
one has to take two rides with a total fare of P40 in reaching the
city proper, which is 24 kilometers away.
Eliasem Castillo of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), who
accompanied Teves and Pangandaman, was happy with the latter’s visit
to the ARC as it turned out to be beneficial to the ARBs.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Gregorio Fiel Jr. to provide
the necessary assistance to the ARBs in coming up with the required
proposals and resolutions before the deadline set by the congressmen.
According to him,
these are opportunities that we must grab in improving the quality of
life of the CARP beneficiaries.
likewise presented the accomplishments and balances of CARP
implementation in the region under its three program components – Land
Tenure Improvement; Program Beneficiaries Development; and Agrarian
Justice Delivery, during the hearing as the committee also assesses
the status of program implementation in the country.