Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO), Hilaria Callera
together with her staff, Caroline Sumayod and Marc Johann
Omega, and driver Manolito Estil, distribute relief packs of
supplemental food, vitamins and hygiene kits to the 70
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Wague, a
remote village in Leyte, Leyte. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
Leyte’s remote village thank DAR over relief packs
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 3, 2020
LEYTE, Leyte – Some
70 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from a far-flung farming
village in this town were so thankful to receive relief packs of
supplemental food, vitamins and hygiene kits from the Department of
Agrarian Reform (DAR).
“Ako, nagpasalamat ko nga
dunay tabang sa gobyerno. Pasalamaton ko kay gipangga pa diay mi’ng
mag-uuma.” (Thank you that there is assistance from the government.
I am grateful because the government still love us, the farmer.)
These were the words of
Rondino Villamor, a 66 years old ARB from Barangay Wague, after
receiving his relief pack.
Villamor and the 69 other
farmers were among the 448 ARB-recipients of the relief packs in the
On Thursday afternoon last
week, ignoring the risk posed by the coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) though observing the minimum health protocols, Municipal
Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Hilaria Callera assisted by
her staff, Senior Agrarian Reform Program Technologist Caroline
Sumayod and Agrarian Reform Program Technologist Marc Johann Omega,
delivered the 70 relief packs and distributed to the awaiting ARBs
outside of the barangay’s multi-purpose center.
Many of them came straight
from their farms.
Some packs we’re delivered
to the house of the vulnerable ones.
Each pack contains four
kilos of milled-rice, canned goods, noodles, vitamins, bath soaps
and face masks.
According to Callera, she
didn’t want these less-privilege members of the community to spend
P200 for fare alone just to claim the relief packs in the office.
Callera took advantage of
the DAR Provincial Office service vehicle driven by Manolito Estil,
which was among the vehicles used to transport the relief packs from
Tacloban City to the different DAR Municipal Offices throughout the
She requested to bring the
70 packs, intended for the ARBs in Barangay Wague, directly to the
area, a remote village 14 kilometers away from the town proper.
Another recipient of the
relief pack, Estrella Septimo, 62, said “Pasalamat ko nga nakadawat
mi, nga nahatagan mi ug hinabang sa DAR. Nga ang among gikinahanglan,
naa.” (We are thankful that we are able to receive assistance from
DAR. These are what we need.)
Ismael Aya-ay explained that the said distribution is just one of
the four components of the PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of
our Farmers from COVID-19 Pandemic project. This is DAR’s response
to Republic Act No. 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, he
According to him, the
distribution rolled out on May 14 this year at the national level.
In Region-8, we started the distribution on May 21 in the
Municipality of Palo, he added.
Aya-ay also disclosed that
9,532 ARBs all over Eastern Visayas are expected to receive the said
relief assistance to help ease their burden brought by the current
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Renato Badilla shared
that 4,941 ARBs in the Province of Leyte, and 140 ARBs in the
Province of Biliran will be benefited.