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Gov’t provides relief assistance for 2,760 farmers in Cebu

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has made 2,760 farmer-beneficiaries happy after recently completing its relief operations under its outreach program to ease the impact of the Novel Coronavirus-19 in six (6) cities and 36 municipalities in Cebu province.

Cebu province agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) holding the relief packs distributed by the DAR in Aloguinsan town. (Photo by DAR)

DAR-Central Visayas Assistant Regional Director Varinia B. Fabillar, who is also the concurrent Cebu provincial agrarian reform program officer-in-charge, stressed that all those given with relief packs, containing basic food items, vitamins, face masks, hygiene kits and P500 cash, are certified holders of Certificates of Land Ownership Award.

Fabillar said the outreach program, dubbed as “the PaSSOver:. ARBold Move to Heal as One for Deliverance of ARBs from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” or ARBold Move for brevity, seeks to help keep the agrarian reform beneficiaries healthy so that they could continue tilling the farms to help the government in pursuit of its “food sufficiency program” to combat the continued affliction of the dreaded virus.

Apolinario Cabamo, a beneficiary from barangay Kandingan, Aloguinsan town, expressed his heartfelt thanks to the DAR for the relief packs extended to them during these difficult times of the pandemic.

Roberto Escandalio, a 64-year old farmer-beneficiary from Dumanjug town, said: “Thank God you did not forget us during these trying times, for sharing these relief goods to us. Thank you, DAR, we appreciate what you’re doing to us, farmers.”

Fabillar said the relief operations is just the first of four components of the ARBold Move. The three others are: Support to ARB Organizations as Frontliners in the Food Supply Chain, Farm Productivity Assistance to ARBs, and Livelihood Support for Women in Crisis Situation.

She said that in the second component, about 59 ARBOs throughout the province had been assisted in marketing their products and, at the same time, help ensure the continued delivery of food supply during the lockdown.

She said DAR-Cebu is now pursuing the third component of the project — the provision of starter kits for crop production to 865 farmer-beneficiaries.

For the third component, at least fifteen (15) identified female-ARB will be provided with poultry livelihood project scheduled for distribution within this month.

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