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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

DAR celebrates 30th CARP year, hands P59M production loan

By Joie Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 -- Twenty-three agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations received a production loan amounting to PhP59 million during the opening ceremony of the 30th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) last June 25, 2018, here.

The production loan, released under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP), will benefit more than 1,400 farmers in the five provinces of Caraga region. 

DAR 13 Regional Director Alejandro Otacan led the distribution ceremony, together with Assistant Director Engr. Daylinda Narisma, Linbert Fajunio and Arnel Caalim of the Land Bank of the Philippines Lending Center Agusan del Norte and Surigao Sur, respectively, and Joy Maso of the Department of Agriculture.

In his message, Otacan urged the farmer beneficiaries to honor CARP by respecting, protecting and making the land productive.

“This will ensure food for your home, your family, your community and fellow Filipinos,” he added.

Otacan also thanked all the partner agencies for their support in the implementation of CARP.

“The achievement of CARP over the past 30 years is indeed a product of collaborative efforts of the DAR and its partner agencies," he said.

In the same occasion, DAR and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) also distributed over PhP6.6 million indemnity checks to 469 farmers to cover the damages to their crops.

Under the APCP, crops are covered with insurance which premium is paid by the government. The insurance will cover damages brought by pests and natural calamities. 
APCP is implemented in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Department of Agriculture. (DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)