By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to distribute more than 2,000 hectares of lands in various parts of Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region before the end of this year.
DAR-Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega told The Manila Bulletin on Wednesday that some 250 Certificates of Land Ownership (CLOAs) are set for distribution to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and farmers in Agusan del Norte province.
“The other CLOAs will be distributed to farmers and ARBs in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur,” he said.
He added that the distribution of agricultural lands by DAR 13 Regional Director Leomides R. Villareal before the end of this year will also boost the rice production of farmers in Caraga region.
Meanwhile, at least 2,796 ARBs in Caraga region are now assured of credit and insurance program assistance under the agency’s Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).
APCP aims to provide credit assistance to ARBs or ARB households channeled through organizations, like Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations ARBOs), or other conduits which were not given the chance to access credit from other lending institutions.
This project is aimed to support the farmers’ individual or communal crop production.
Credit assistance worth P52.1 million was provided to 24 ARBOs in Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.
The credit assistance will be utilized by the farmer-beneficiaries for land preparation and farm cultivation including seeds, fertilizer and other expenses until they are able to harvest their produce.
APCP ensures sustainable production of crops and increase the income of ARB household members and at the same time strengthen the ARBOs, Villareal said.
The project also aims to improve the capabilities of ARBs through the provision of institutional capability building activities, he added.
The APCP is a joint credit and capacity development project of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, and Land Bank of the Philippines.
It is also aimed at providing credit assistance to farmer organizations and ARBs who are not yet qualified to avail of LBP’s financing programs.