FARM TRACTORS, MULTICABS TURNED OVER TO ARBOs IN BARMM

Almost eight million peso (Php8M)-worth Common Service Facilities (CSFs) such as multicabs, farm equipment with implements, and processing facilities, were turned over to eight (8) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs)belonging to 8 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in the Bangsamoro Region, yesterday at the MAFAR Covered Court of the Bangsamoro Compound in Cotabato City.

The turnover ceremony was conducted by the agrarian reform office ofMAFAR-BARMM under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) and then Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Health Education Livelihood Peace and governance and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS).

Project focal persons Pendatun L. Mambatawan and Jarratul S. Radjid, explained the overview of the projects and said they are all aimed at increasing the productivity and income of the beneficiaries while enabling them to withstand the effects of climate change.

Under the CRFPSP, the ARBO recipients were Sultan Sa Barongis Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SSBMPC) and Tinungkaan-Gamek Small Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TGSFMPC) in Maguindanao, Santa Clara Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (SCARBIDC) in Basilan, and Magsaggaw Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MARBC) in Tawi-Tawi.

For the ARMM-HELPS project, the recipients were Al-Rahman Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Sitio Sedil Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Mamasapano, Women of War in Matanog, and Barangay Pandan Renewable Energy and Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Upi, all in the Province of Maguindanao.

Specifically, the CSFs turned over were 4 units of 4WD 90HP tractor with mounted disc plow, rotary, and trailer for the CRFPSP, 3 units of Suzuki Multi Carry, a unit of hand tractor with engine and implements, a unit of floating tiller with engine and implements,2 units  vacuum sealer and sterilizer, package sealer, 2 units weighing scale, stainless cabinets and tables, incubator with amenities, lead acid batteries, solar panel, inverter, juice extractor, evaporator, ginger grater, pulverizer, submersible pump, ginger washer, and generator.

Minister Mohammad S. Yacob and the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers (PARPOs) signed the Property Transfer Report, Trust Agreements, in whichthe official turnover of the facilities from the regional office to the provincial offices is stipulated.Also, the heads of the ARBOs signed the Acknowledgement Receipts.

Assisted by Rebecca R. Bautista, CEO VI, Assistant Regional Secretary, Agrarian Reform; Datu Musiban M. Solano, Assistant to the Minister for Agrarian Reform; Dr Taugan S. Kikay, Consultant on Agrarian Reform Special Concerns; and the respective MAROs, Minister Yacob led the turnover of certificates of award to the ARBOs.

Inspiring the project recipients, Minister Yacob remarked that the level of happiness of the people who gave and received the service facilities, might not be measured but certainly, the endeavor was geared towards attaining the mission of the ministry under its agrarian reform office that is to deliver the support services directly to the people as its commitment. Being part of the implementers, the MAFAR head was happy and he congratulated the ARBOs for having finally received the facilities after waiting for almost three months. “I look forward that these CSFs shall be useful in lifting the condition of the agrarian reform communities; the responsibility has been transferred to the ARBOs and the empowerment of the communities lies in their leadership”, Minister Yacob said.

Meanwhile, representatives from the ARBOs expressed their gratefulness and commitment to take utmost care of the CSFs they received and make them productive and sustainable to uplift the livelihood of their communities.

After the turnover ceremony, a contact signing with the consultancy firm “Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM), Incorporated” was conducted for the Bangon Marawi Projects.Orientation on Operation and Maintenance (O&M), and test drive were also carried outto initially capacitate the beneficiaries and ensure that the facilities are operational and in best condition.

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