By MB Online
The Department of Agrarian and Reform (DAR) continued to provide its assistance to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB’s) affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) through the distribution of relief packs to the farmers of Oriental Mindoro.
In a statement on Wednesday, June 10, DAR said that a total of 795 ARB’s from Oriental Mindoro received relief packs under the department’s “The PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of our Farmers form the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Each farmer received a pack containing four kilos of rice, five canned sardines, two pieces of 250 grams seaweed noodles, 20 tablets of vitamin C, four pieces of washable face masks, and a bar of seaweed bath soap—seaweed being one of the major products in the area.
OIC-Chief of Program Beneficiaries Development Lima A. Turano said that one of the major components of the project is to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic to the ARB’s families.
Turano underscored that the beneficiaries of the relief packs are those who have not yet received social amelioration or food assistance programs from other agencies.
Meanwhile, Brigido Francisco, Jr., a 39-year-old ARB and a member of the Hanunuo Mangyan tribe, expressed his gratitude to the department for the relief package he received for his family.
“Malaking tulong po ang inyong hatid sa amin. Sapat na po ito para sa amin sa loob ng isang linggo, dagdag pantawid-gutom ng aking pamilya. Nawa’y matapos na ang krisis na kinakaharap natin (It has been a great help to us. This relief is enough for our family for a week. Hopefully, the crisis may come to an end),” Francisco said.