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DAR part and parcel of economic recovery plan, official says

by RG Alama

Davao City (20 June) -- Aside from the achievement of social justice, through land reform, The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is also contributing to the Government's economic resiliency plan aimed at mitigating the effects of the global crisis.

Datu Yusoph B. Mama, DAR-XI Regional Director said that DAR aims to provide livelihood and augment the income of its farmer beneficiaries, generate more jobs through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) mechanism.

DAR has been part of the agencies which President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has mandated to implement the relevant programs of the ERP.

Mama, said that CARP's present 21st anniversary's theme "Enhancing the Agrarian Reform Communities: Creating Jobs, Empowering farmers and ensuring food security," reflects the current mandate of the agency.

We plan that for every hectare a new job is created, says Mama. For 6,000 hectares targeted to be distributed in 2009, there are 6,000 jobs estimated to be created. Aside from farmers, jobs for farm laborers will also be needed.

Mama said that CARP farmer-beneficiaries in the region earns an average of P120,000 to P130,000 and are better off than non-CARP farmers. There are about 140,000 farmer-beneficiaries in the region and every year about 10,000 farmer-beneficiaries are added.

Support services like infrastructure will also be infused to the region to improve the capability of its ARBs (Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries) for 2009 to 2014, the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Program third phase (ARISP 3) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be implemented in which the region will be infused with a total of P700-million worth of projects for five years.

Mindanao Sustainable Settlement Area Development Project (MINSSAD) will also be implemented in Compostela Valley province with projects worth P100-million. (PIA XI) [top]

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