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ARBS from Manapla get organic veggies enterprise project
THE Department of Agriculture Reform (DAR) through the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) turns over the Sustainable Livelihood Support for Disaster-affected Areas in the form of Organic Vegetable Production Enterprise with Water System and Reservoir.
The project is expected to benefit 41 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and small farmer members of Hacienda Rita Balud Farmers Association (HARBFA) at the town’s Barangay San Pablo, a statement from DAR said.
It added that the project is part of the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) of the PBDD and has a total project cost of P360,000.
DAR Regional Director, Atty. Sheila Enciso spearheaded the turn-over ceremony and was witnessed by the agency’s Assistant Regional Director, Lucrethe cia Taberna; PBD Division Oic-chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer, Aisha May Ardiente; Dar-manapla Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer, Ma. Victoria Delgado among others and Gina Barreto, from DAR Central Office among others.
The ceremony was then followed by a ribbon-cutting event held at HARBFA’S vegetable garden area and in the ARBO’S community-built water system with a reservoir.
The construction of the water system facility is in support of their enterprise and to make water readily to HARBFA and to nearby communities.
The ceremony was also graced by the presence of Mr. Alejandro Malijoc, Muthe nicipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of Manapla and Jonalina Andrino, Barangay Kagawad, Brgy. San Pablo.
Before the turn-over of the project, HARBFA members underwent capacity-building and skills training by the PBDD to improve their technical, management and marketing skills.*