DAR-8 formulates contingency measures for ARBs amid COVID-19 pandemic
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 24 (PIA) — In order to provide immediate essential support services to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) to mitigate the impact of community quarantine measures due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in region 8 (DAR-8) has formulated a contingency plan called PaSSOver: ARBold Move to Heal as One Deliverance of ARBs from COVID-19 Pandemic.
During the recently-conducted Panindugan Virtual Kapihan hosted by PIA Regional Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu, OIC-Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay of DAR-8 underscored the importance of looking after the welfare of the farmer-beneficiaries as frontliners in the midst of the pandemic.
“Binigyang pansin talaga namin ang aming farmer-beneficiaries because we believe that they are the producers of our basic crops, for example, the rice and vegetables which are really needed in these pandemic times. We would like to sustain their initiatives and their move that they will continually produce the basic crops so that we have something food to eat on our table,” Aya-ay said.
Aya-ay said the PaSSOver: ARBold move program has four components: Support to ARBs as frontliners in food security or food supply chain to help farmers overcome the obstacles in the consolidation marketing; Farm Productivity Assistance to ARBs which will help boost farm productivity to generate additional income and providing them seeds, fertilizers and pesticides and the necessary basic tools for small farm gardening; Livelihood Support for Women in Crisis Situation especially those head of the family, senior citizens, single parents and persons with disabilities (PWD) women but has the capability to cultivate; and the Package of Supplemental Food and Non-food Items composed of hygiene kits, vitamins and supplemental food worth P500 per package.
“We believe that these four components could at least mitigate or lessen the effect of this pandemic time,” Aya-ay said.
DAR-8 is targeting some 20,318 farmer beneficiaries, of which at least 13,000 ARBs have already benefitted this program in the region. (ldl/cba/PIA-8)