DAR Cebu distributes food packs, hygiene kits to 2,760 farmers
CEBU CITY, July 21 (PIA) — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office of Cebu recently completed the distribution of supplemental food packs and non-food items worth P500 per pack to 2,760 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in six cities and 36 towns.
The distribution kicked off on May 21, 2020.
The supplemental food pack included rice, canned sardines, instant noodles, and non-food items face masks, a bath soap and packets of ascorbic acid.
Officer-in-Charge Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II of DAR Cebu and concurrent Assistant Regional Director for Operations of DAR 7, Varinia Fabillar, said this is DAR’s initiative to align the projects and activities of the department to address the COVID-19 pandemic dubbed as “The PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of ARBs from the COVID-19 Pandemic”, which is DAR’s response to Republic Act No. 11469, otherwise known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Fabillar explained that the identified beneficiaries of the project were holders of the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) for year 2016-2019 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and another group of beneficiaries with registered leasehold contracts.
ARBold Move project is divided into four components: 1. Support to ARB Organizations (ARBOs) as Frontliners in the Food Supply Chain; 2. Farm Productivity Assistance to ARBs; 3. Livelihood Support for Women in Crisis Situation; and 4. Distribution of Relief Packs of Supplemental Food and Hygiene Kits.
DAR Cebu is now preparing to implement other project components of the ARBold Move project, assistance for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) and livelihood support for women.
Under the second component, some 865 identified ARBs will receive their starter kits for crop production scheduled for distribution later this month.
For the third component, at least 15 identified female ARBs will be provided with poultry livelihood project and scheduled for distribution on the last week of July.
Under the first component, 59 ARBOs identified under the ARBold Move Project throughout the province were assisted in the marketing of their products and provided with quarantine accreditation passes for the continuous delivery of food supply during the lockdown. (hfg/PIA7/with report from DAR 7)