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Leyte, Samar farmers get help from DAR

FIVE agrarian-reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar recently received farm machineries from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to help them rebuild their lives after Supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc over central Philippines.

DAR Region 8 Director Sheila Enciso recently turned over some P15.5 million worth of farm machineries which include farm tractors funded under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services project.

The tractors were intended for the clearing and rehabilitation of farm lots in areas whch have been largely affected by the typhoon. Three tractors were distributed in Leyte and one tractor each for the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar, respectively.

The DAR entrusted to five ARBOs the operations and maintenance of the machines, which cost P3,117,920 per unit.

For Leyte, the DAR turned over the machines to the Saint Benedict’s Association for Sustainable Farming which is based in Tunga; the Boroc Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative in Ormoc; and the Zaragosa Agrarian Cooperative in Matalom.

Meanwhile, for Eastern Samar and Samar, the DAR turned over the machines to the Carapdapan Small Farmers and Fishermen Producers Cooperative based in Salcedo, Eastern Samar and the Legaspi Farmers and Fishermen Association in Marabut.

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