Farmer Irrigators Service Cooperative (FISCO) chairman,
Reynaldo Peja, said that aside from the quarantine
accreditation pass, the hauling truck provided by the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is of big help to their
organization as they continue to deliver milled-rice during
the lockdown. (Photo courtesy of Roberto Cajipe)
beneficiary organizations provide critical food supplies to
May 14, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – OIC-Regional
Director Ismael Aya-ay of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
was happy to know that the agency-issued quarantine accreditation
pass helped the marketing activities of the agrarian reform
beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Eastern Visayas survive
amidst the lockdown prevailing in the country due to the coronavirus
disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In the province of Leyte,
two DAR-assisted farmer organizations continue to provide critical
food supplies to government institutions.
Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, Renato Badilla, disclosed that
the MAALSADA Farmer Irrigators Service Cooperative (FISCO) continues
to deliver over 6,000 kilos of milled-rice to the Eastern Visayas
Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in this city despite the lockdown.
MAALSADA FISCO, situated
in remote Sitio Amanantas of Barangay Dapdap in Alangalang town, is
a farmer organization supported by the DAR.
On the other hand, Badilla
added, another DAR-assisted farmer organization, the Paglaum Farmers
Association (PFA), likewise sustains to supply some 3,000 kilos of
assorted vegetables to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP),
also in this city, despite the current situation.
PFA is based in an upland
village in this city some 15 kilometers away from the downtown area.
Both organizations are part of a separate marketing tie-up
arrangements facilitated by DAR under the Enhanced Partnership
Against Hunger and Poverty program (EPAHP).
According to Badilla,
under the marketing tie-up arrangements, EVRMC and BJMP will buy
milled rice, vegetables, fruits and other farm products which they
will use in feeding patients, and persons deprived of liberty (PDL),
respectively, from the two-mentioned ARBOs.
As assistance extended by
the office to the two ARBOs during this hard and trying times,
Badilla added that they were among those provided with the
DAR-issued quarantine accreditation pass which was authorized by the
inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious
Disease (IATF-EID) based on Resolution No. 19, dated April 3, 2020,
to allow agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) the continuous supply
of agricultural products to critical areas affected by the enhanced
Meanwhile, MAALSADA FISCO
chairman, Reynaldo Peja, shared that aside from the quarantine
accreditation pass, the hauling truck provided by DAR to their
organization, which is into rice trading business, is also of big
help to them.