60 East Visayas ARB
groups receive over P19-M farm implements from DAR
By Philippine Information
March 9, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – Officers and
members of 60 recipient Agrarian Reform Beneficiary organizations
trooped to the Department of Agrarian Reform Regional Office compound
on March 7 in order to personally receive the P19 million worth of
modern farm equipment from DAR Undersecretary Felix Perry Villanueva.
The sudden downpour did not
stop the turn over rites as the visibly over joyed ARBOs signed the
acceptance documents in front of USEC Villanueva, and Finance and
Administrative Director Teresita Panlilio from the Central Office and
DAR-Region 8 officials, Mr. Jose Alsmith Soria, DAR 8 Information
These farm implements
according to USEC Villanueva, are given to identified ARBOs as
capacity enhancement to the latter’s agricultural economic activities
under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic
Support Services (ARCCESS).
Tolosahay Upland Farmers
Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TOFAMCO) Chairman Balbino Leona explained
that with the new equipment given to their organization, land
preparation and harvesting of rice would now be much faster and
TOFAMCO is one of the two
recipients in the region of the P1.2 million combine harvester, which
functions as harvester and thresher, Mr. Soria said.
Mr. Balbino added that with
these equipment, the organization expects to incur less expenses and
earn more in their farm operations.
DAR Regional Director
Eliasem Castillo disclosed that there are 97 modern farm equipment
worth P19.4 million given away to 60 ARBOs regionwide.
These include 37 hand
tractors; 30 threshers; 10 cultivators; eight water pumps; six flatbed
driers; two reapers; two mechanical transplanters; and 2 combine
Among the economic
activities of these ARBOs that get funding support under ARCCESS,
Castillo added, are rice, organic vegetable, sugarcane and cassava
production and marketing.
DAR Regional Director
Eliasem Castillo expressed optimism that with these equipment provided
to them, the ARBOs will have higher yield from their awarded lots in
the succeeding agricultural years.
Eventually, the ARBOs will
hopefully have an increased income resulting to a better quality life
thereby contributing to poverty reduction and employment generation in
the rural areas under President Benigno Aquino’s 2011-2016 Philippine
Development Plan, Director Castillo added.