local buyers buy fresh eggs right at the farm of members of
BSF Farm Workers and Beneficiaries Agrarian Reform
Cooperative in Biliran, Biliran who are into egg-layering
business. (Photo courtesy of Maryvic Cempron)
farmer organizations continue to earn amidst quarantine
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
May 2, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran – A
famous Filipino saying, “Kapag may itinanim, may aanihin,” may
perfectly apply to some members of agrarian reform beneficiaries
organizations (ARBOs) who nurtured the various assistance extended
to them by the government during the sunny days.
Regional Director Stephen
Leonidas of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) was elated to
know that despite the implementation of the community quarantine as
a precautionary measure to control the spread of the dreaded
coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), several members of the seven
DAR-assisted farmer organizations in this province continue to earn
income from the various livelihood assistance extended to them in
the past by DAR and other government agencies.
Moreover, they contribute
to food sustainability during this hard and trying times.
In a report submitted to
him, disclosed that 31 members of the Anislagan Ceramic Agrarian
Reform Cooperative (ACARCO) from this capital town, as well as 31
members of the BSF Farm Worker’s and Beneficiaries Agrarian Reform
Cooperative from the adjacent Biliran town, continue to supply fresh
eggs in their respective communities.
These 62 ARBO members are
into egg-layering business which they started when they became
recipients of the Convergence of Livelihood Assistance for ARBs
Project (CLAAP) late last year. CLAAP is a joint project of DAR and
the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which
provides livelihood assistance to both ARB members of ARBOs and 4Ps
In Kawayan town, 44
members of the Ungale Fish Vendors Association continue to earn
income from dried fish processing. These 44 ARBO members were able
to avail of financial assistance from the Land Bank of the
Philippines thru the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) in
2018, which they used as additional capital in sustaining their
In the municipality of
Cabucgayan, the Balaquid Agrarian Reform Cooperative which is into
rice production and trading, continues to supply milled-rice,
contributing to the province’s sufficient supply of staple food.
This cooperative is a recipient of the foreign-assisted Agrarian
Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP).
In Caibiran town, the
Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Caibiran (NaMaCa) Multi-Purpose
Cooperative, sell pork from the swine production of the said ARBO.
Meanwhile, 34 ARB members
of the Almeria Seafarers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and nine ARB
members of the Villa Rice Farmers Producers Association, both from
Almeria town, continue supplying fruits, vegetables and poultry
products to local buyers. The two farmer organizations are
recipients of Linking Smallholder Farmers to the Markets with
Microfinance (LinkSFarMM) program.
From the last week of
March to mid-April this year, the above-mentioned ARBs/ARBOs earned
a combined gross sale of P83,987.
According to Leonidas,
some activities of these farmers can be sustained even amid the
current situation for these are done only in their respective homes,
in their front or backyards.
Further, as assistance for
these farmers to have access in checkpoints while community
quarantine is enforced, Leonidas disclosed that DAR had provided
them with the agency-issued quarantine accreditation pass, which was
authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of
Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), for the continuous supply of
farm products in town markets, food lanes, and other designated