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Rural women in Negros Occidental get livelihood boost

LIVELIHOOD BOOST. Rural women-members of three agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations receive farm productivity support from the Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental-North recently. (Contributed Photo)

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North has continued the delivery of farm productivity support to women beneficiaries in the rural communities of Toboso, Sagay City and Cadiz City.

The Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) of DAR-Negros Occidental I, through "The Passover: Arbold Move for Deliverance of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries from the Covid-19 Pandemic" project, distributed three sacks of chicken feeds for the egg layering business of women-members of three agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (Arbos) recently.

Five women from each of the Arbos, namely Mirasol Development Corporation Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Sagay City, San Jose United Agrarian Farmers Association in Toboso, and Hacienda Lilia II Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Cadiz City, will benefit from the project.

Teodoro Che Salido, chief of Enterprise Development and Economic Support section of the PBDD, said the delivery of feeds is part of the Arbold Move Project's component, three which aims to provide livelihood support for women in a crisis situation.

"The egg layering chickens were already distributed to the three Arbos last month," Salido said, adding that the DAR ensures the project's sustainability, thus, assistance for the productivity of their business like the delivery of feeds continues.

The Arbold Move is the agency's response to Republic Act 11469 or the "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act," which aims to provide essential support to farmer-beneficiaries, mitigate the negative impact of the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, and prepare the agricultural sector in coping with the "new normal."

The project has four main components including support to Arbos as frontliners in the food supply chain; farm productivity assistance to ARBs; livelihood support for women in a crisis situation; and package of supplemental food and non-food items.

As the country now observes the 18-day campaign to end violence against women, DAR-Negros Occidental I said it has its own way of supporting this crusade.

The agency believes that through providing opportunities that enhance women productivity, their rights are being upheld and their contribution to society is being acknowledged, it added.


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