The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed farm production inputs under farm productivity assistance to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (Component 2) and livelihood support for rural women in a crisis situation (Component 3) to 34 qualified ARBs from two ARBOs in the municipality of Barbaza, Antique.

PARPO II Florentino D. Siladan led the project distribution held at the conference hall of Barbaza Farmer’s Irrigation Association (BFIA) Inc., July 13, 2020.

In his message, he said that the project is the agency’s response to the call to deliver services to its clients who are greatly affected by the health crisis. He also emphasized that the project aims to mitigate the impact of the community quarantine measures on the agrarian sectors in the community.

“The 34 beneficiaries from Barbaza are expected to produce vegetables and crops that would support the continual food supply in the community. The project doesn’t end with the mere distribution of farm inputs but the agency would help in linking your harvest to the identified markets together with our partner agencies such as the local government unit,” Siladan said. Also, present during the event is Mayor Gerry C. Necor who also delivered a message.

“On behalf of the people of Barbaza, we would like to extend our gratitude to the Department of Agrarian Reform for the agricultural assistance they have provided. I hope these farm inputs would be beneficial and would help you during these trying times”, Necor said.

Two ARBO leaders, BFIA president Jose Mario Rico Magtulis and Esparar MPC chairperson Celia E. Villaram, delivered their message of gratitude. They extended their gratitude for being DAR’s partner organizations for years in various project implementations and irrigation projects.

Words of Commitment were also heard from ARB recipients who committed to value the farm productivity assistance received from the department.

In her closing remarks, MARPO Vicky O. Sandoy thanked everyone who was present during the distribution activity for their continual support and the time allotted despite their busy schedules.

The assistance under Component 2 consists of starter kits for crop production such as seeds, fertilizer, and necessary farm tools. Meanwhile, women ARBS under Component 3 received 15thousand worth of farm inputs consisting of seeds, vermicompost, humus/plant stimulant, rake, hoe, sprinkler, plastic drum, spading fork, pail and dipper.