(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. π—¦π—¬π—‘π—’π—£π—¦π—œπ—¦: Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) affecting southern Mindanao. Ridge of High Pressure Area extending over the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA). Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Agsur ARBs receive CLOAs, FMR, farm machineries from DAR 


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – Some five hundred sixty-three (563) farmers from the different municipalities/city in the province of Agusan del Sur have recently received their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office, with the presence of the officials from central office, during the turn over ceremony at the Municipal Gymnasium of Trento, Agusan del Sur.


Mayor William Calvez of Trento, who hosted the said event in his municipality, expressed his thanks to DAR and to all the ARBs for working together and for putting more efforts to uplift the lives of the farmer sector.


“I am happy to see our ARBs have received their own land titles from DAR. Thank you to all the officials of DAR for your sincerity in helping our farmers,” said Calvez.


Of the more than two thousand farmers who attended the event, many have expressed their gratitude to DAR Provincial Office Agusan del Sur headed by Regional Director Jamil Amatonding, Jr., and their working staff for doing an extra mile, especially that they have been waiting for the CLOA to be given to them for many years. 


“Napakasaya ko at sa wakas ay naibigay na ang titulo ng lupa na mula pa sa yumaon kong ama. Mas palalaguin ko pa ang aming lupain at pupunuin ang taniman para mas kumite (I am delighted that finally the land title which my late father have long been wanting to have is already in my hands now. I will nurture the farm land and have it planted with more planting species),” bared Gilbert Plaza, ARB from Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur.


“Maraming salamat kay President Bongbong Marcos, Jr. sa malasakit niya sa amin at sa pagbigay ng titulong ito. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa DAR sa kanilang pagsisikap na matulungan ang mga farmers (Big thanks to our President Bongnong Marcos, Jr., for his concern and sincerity in wanting to help us by ensuring that we will have our own land. I also thanked the DAR for their perseverance),” shared Maria Fe Montilla, ARB from Rosario, Agusan del Sur.


With the turned-over farm-to-market road (FMR) and farm machineries from DAR, the farmers’ sales and income are expected to rise, especially that the FMR has covered the pathway to Barangay Poblacion, where the Vetrebuns Arc Cluster Rice Processing Complex is located.

"This program is implemented under the Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Because of this, we expect to have higher harvest and income,” said Maximo Gegato, Jr., Manager, Vetrebuns Arc Cluster Rice Processing Complex, Trento, Agusan del Sur.


Atty. Kazel Celeste, Undersecretary for Field Operations Office of DAR emphasized that DAR will continue to pour in more aid for the farmer sector to help more ARBs, per directive of  President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.


Meanwhile, Dir. Jamil Amatonding, Jr., Provincial Director of Dar-Agusan del Sur highlighted the significant role and contribution of the farmers as they ensure food security in the province, and in the region, in general. "We give value to our farmers because without them we won't have food to eat,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)