A total of seven hundred ninety-five (795) agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from Oriental Mindoro happily received their relief packs from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under “The PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of our Farmers from the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
Each ARBs received a pack containing 4 kilos rice, 5 canned sardines, 2 pcs 250 grams seaweed noodles, 20 tablets of vitamin C, 4 pcs washable face masks and a bar of seaweed bath soap, seaweed being one of the major products in the area.
Brigido Francisco, Jr., a 39-year-old ARB from Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and a member of the Hanunuo Mangyan tribe, expressed his gratefulness to the DAR for the relief package he received for his family.
“Malaking tulong po ang inyong hatid sa amin. Sapat na po ito para sa amin sa loob ng isang linggo, dagdag pantawid-gutom ng aking pamilya. Nawa’y matapos na ang krisis na kinakaharap natin,” Francisco said.
“One of the major components of the project is to provide food for the ARBs to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic to their families. We also provided non-food products like vitamin C, bath soaps and face masks to help them improve their health and maintain hygiene,” said OIC-Chief of Program Beneficiaries Development Lima A. Turano.
Turano stressed that the beneficiaries of the relief packs are those who have not yet received social amelioration or food assistance programs from other agencies.
“Our field personnel ensured that we reached those families who are really in need at this time of crisis. And we also ensured that DAR personnel followed strictly to health protocols during the distribution process, particularly the wearing of face masks, protective shields, frequent hand washing, sanitation, and social distancing,” she said.
“It is a good feeling that we are able to help our farmers in these difficult times. There is more to come for our farmers as we roll out the ARBOld Move project in the following weeks,” Turano said.
(dargovph/ SRNY/ RSP)