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10 ARCs in East Samar ready for take off under ARCP-II

Tacloban City (February 6) -- Ten agrarian reform community areas in Eastern Samar are now ready for take off with the launching of the second phase of the Asian Development Bank funded Agrarian Reform Community Project.

This was reported by Jo Fabile of DAR-Eastern Samar, who said that an orientation on the enhanced participatory action planning activity has been conducted by Ms. Remedios Ambal, chief of the Beneficiaries Development Coordination Division of the Department of Agrarian Reform, in various ARCs in Eastern Samar.

Said activity was conducted for Balangkayan and San Julian ARCs on January 26; Borongan, Taft and Giporlos ARCs on January 27; Lawaan, Salcedo and Dolores ARCs on January 28; and Balangiga and the Eastern Samar Settlement Project ARCs on January 29.

Present in said occasions were the planning team of each concerned local government unit, which included the municipal project development coordinators (MPDC), municipal engineers, municipal agricultural officers, the municipal social welfare and development officers, the municipal health officers, barangay chairmen of affected barangays, and some farmer-leaders.

Mayors Fidel Anacta Jr. of Borongan City, Melchor Gagante of Salcedo, Nida Gabornes of Lawaan, Emiliana Villacarillo of Dolores and Viscuso De Lira of Balangiga, were also present.

During the action planning that followed, the municipal and barangay LGU representatives expressed their commitments to the project implementation in terms of providing vehicle, meals and snacks and reproduction of materials needed in updating their ARC development plan, which will be done in their respective areas from February 1 to April 15 this year.

Provincial Project Manager Enrique Granados III and his deputy Lea Godes were happy to note of everybody's cooperation towards the successful implementation of this project which could be benefited not only by the agrarian reform beneficiaries, but all residents in these areas as well.

Meanwhile, DAR Regional Director Elmo Baņares disclosed that Eastern Visayas is so fortunate to have the most number of ARCs benefited by this project.

According to the new Regional Director, about 40 ARCs covering 325 barangays in 4 provinces in Eastern Visayas are included under the ARCP-II.

These include the 16 ARCs in the province of Leyte; ten ARCs in Eastern Samar; eight ARCs in Northern Samar and six ARCs in the province of Samar.

An ARC is an area launched by DAR as a convergence point where there is a critical number of agrarian reform beneficiaries awaiting the full implementation of the government's Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). (PIA 8) [top]

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