Balbalan, Kalinga – Sixtyone Agrarian Reform beneficiaries in Barangay Tawang, Balbalan received livelihood assistance amounting to P132,187 from the Department of Agrarian Reform on Friday, October 9,2020.
Said assistance is part of the Passover ARBold Move to Heal as One for the Delivery of ARBs project of the agency, having a total of 1,819 ARBs throughout the province as its recipients.
In an interview with Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Agustina Duyan, she said that those chosen as recipients are those having a land title covering an area of 500 square meters and above, having titles issued from 2010 to 2019 and are registered to the Registry of deeds.
Assistance given includes farm tools, vegetable seeds (pinakbet vegetables) and organic fertilizers.
As shared by Duyan, the project was initiated for the farmers not to depend only on planting corn and rice but rather attempt to plant and produce vegetables which could both provide food for their family and augment their income especially during this time of pandemic.
“…tapnu dagituy farmers ket haan lang nga agdepdepend ti rice ken corn, nu di ket agmula da pay ti vegetables, different kind of vegetables nga mostly ket Pinakbet vegetables tapnu ma-augment ti income ti family karkaru tatta ta lockdown(panawen ti pandemic) nga awan unay pagkwartaan ti ta,” Duyan said.
She further told that they will also provide marketing assistance for the beneficiaries as they have already made a Memorandum of Agreement with institutions including hospitals, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Department of Education and the Department of Health in the province who will be the one to order products of said recipients out of the vegetable seedlings given.
“Cooperatives ti gumatang ken dadduma pay nga associations idiay so gatangen da kadagidiay farmers, iconsolidate da and then dagituy cooperative isu ti agideliver. Kadwaan mi isuda ket ideliver kadagidiay naki MOA,” she said.
Duyan, during the interview, also encouraged the recipients to plant the vegetable seeds given to them and to grow them well in order for the assistance to serve its purpose.
“Agpatulung tayu kadagituy Municipal agriculturist ken dadduma pay nga farmers nga nalalaing nga aggarden tapnu mausar nga nalaing dagidiay seeds, maimula and then tapnu mausar para iti pagsayaatan ti pamilya, iti community ken tapnu sumaysayaat ti biag,” she added.
The officer advised them to call their agency for help, may it be technical or marketing in nature.
Simultaneous with the giving of assistance is the awarding of land titles to 107 individuals in the barangay facilitated by the Land Tenure Services team headed by OIC-CARPO Reynaldo Manongyao.