THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental - North, through its Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Project (Claap), has turned over livelihood grant to two associations in Bacolod City on Monday, January 13.
The Benez Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association and Cabutongan Carp Beneficiaries Association received poultry and livestock feeds supply and hog fattening enterprises, respectively, in rites held at Barangay Alangilan.
DAR officer-in-charge chief agrarian reform provincial officer Rizalina Yuguing said that out of the 57,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in northern part of the province, only 462 were qualified to be listed under the project.
The identification and selection process were tedious tasks and beneficiaries are sensibly and methodically selected.
Yuguing motivated the beneficiaries to be good stewards of the project.
Claap is the agency’s collaboration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which aims to expand and increase farmers’ access to economic opportunities.
The DSWD, for its part, has allocated and transferred to the DAR a total of P1 billion for the conduct and provision of social preparation, technical capacity building and capital assistance.
This is also for the establishment of livelihood and microenterprise projects duly identified and chosen by the farmer-beneficiaries themselves.
In northern Negros Occidental, 15 ARB organizations were identified to receive livelihood grants which include various enterprises, chicken layering, fertilizer trading and sugarcane production support, among others.
The turnover ceremonies for some of these livelihood projects are already scheduled this year.
DAR chief administrative officer Ma. Corazon Mondia lauded the beneficiaries for working for the progress of their respective associations.
Mondia, who witnessed first-hand how the organizations thrived, said the farmer-beneficiaries are now ready to receive the responsibilities as owners of their businesses.
Meanwhile, DSWD project development officer II Teresita Lopez has encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to overcome challenges as “managers” of their enterprise as it will improve the quality of their lives.