(Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones (seated middle) leads the turn-over of equipment to agrarian cooperatives in Bataan during the Farmers and Fishermen’s Summit 2019 organized by the Office of 1st District Representative Geraldine B. Roman. (DAR))
ORANI, Bataan — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) conferred Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) and agricultural equipment to farmers in Bataan.
During the Farmers and Fishermen’s Summit 2019 held in Orani town, about 41 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) received their CLOAs that cover 150 hectares of agricultural lands in Hermosa town.
Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones urged the beneficiaries to do their part in improving their respective farmlands and elevating their economic lives.
“We promise to give you support services like farm machines, access to credit and various trainings to help you sustain the gains that you reap from this land that is now legally yours,” Castriciones stressed.
The cabinet official also vowed housing projects for farmers, provision of crop insurance from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation and AFFORD-ARB credit assistance from Land Bank of the Philippines, among others.
Moreover, agrarian cooperatives in the province received farm machines and equipment under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project.
It aims to boost farmers’ household income by modernizing their farming through the provision of new equipment.
DAR turned over a four-wheel-drive tractor to St. Thomas Agricultural Cooperative, Hermosa Bataan Eagle Farmers Association and Tapulao Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative; four units of hand tractors, four grass cutters, four 2-HP mechanized water pumps, four power sprayers, four backpack sprayers and four generators to Pagalanggang Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Morong Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Samal Organic Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Tapulao Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and two solar power irrigation to Tapulao Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Nagbalayong Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
The Farmers and Fishermen’s Summit 2019 with the theme “Magsasaka at Mangingisda: Karapatan ay Isulong, Kabuhayan ng Mamamayan ay Babangon” was organized by Office of 1st District Representative Geraldine B. Roman to inform her constituents of the programs and policies of government agencies. – PIA 3