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Naliyagan Festival ends with multi-million livelihood assistance to farmers and self-employed

By Dave M. Suyao

Butuan City (17 June) -- Six municipalities in Agusan del Sur are lucky enough to possess 18 dump trucks from the Department of Agrarian Reform under the Mindanao Sustainable Settlement Area Development project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

According to DAR Caraga Regional Director Elmo Banares, the P15 million worth dump trucks is part of DAR's commitment in providing services to the agrarian reform beneficiaries thru the local government units.

"Consistent to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's development program to provide better income to farmers and self employed, the dump trucks will be used to maintain government infrastructure projects like roads and bridges in the DAR's settlement areas in Agusan del Sur in order for farmers to bring their products to the market the easiest way and reduce traveling costs", MinSSAD National Project Manager Persival Dalugdug said.

The recipient municipalities who receive the dump trucks are San Francisco, Prosperidad Talacogon and San Luis who comprises the Agusan resettlement and Bunawan and Veruela of the Kaunlaran Settlement.

Aside from the P15 million worth of dump trucks, DAR also distributed some 86 Certificates of Land Ownership Agreement (CLOAs) to 86 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Grace Estate in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur with the total land area of 92 hectares.

At present, the ARBs are producing coconut, Falcata, Cacao and root crops in the resettlement area.

In her message, Gov. Tina Plaza said this is a concrete display that Agusan del Sur is gearing towards more progress and economic stability in spite of the global recession. Acknowledging the President's love for the province, Gov. Tina Plaza said President Arroyo always see to it that Agusan del Sur is always included in all the national programs, be infrastructure, agricultural and social.

"We are open for business and development. In fact, we are in the high level in the information technology. But we also see to it that our environment is always protected and food production is not neglected. That is why, our Naliyagan slogan says "Lifting Productivity", Gov. Tina Plaza said.

The distribution of the multi-million livelihood assistance took place right after the holy mass and is one of the highlights during the culmination program of the Naliyagan Festival that started June 12, in time of the celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day. (PIA) [top]

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