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Five support services available for ARBs

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BACOLOD City – With five support services from multi-agencies, agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) now have better chances of increasing productivity from their small parcels of land.

The five are:

* Land Tenure Integration – Program Beneficiaries Development (LTI-PBD)

* Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP)

* ARB Insurance Program by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation

* DAR-Cooperative Development Authority Partnership Program, and

* Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services or ARCCESS.

In Negros Occidental, most ARBs are not farmers but farm workers who do not have capital and are not organized, so no financial institutions will lend money.

But with the LTI-PBD, a new holder of a Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) should simultaneously avail himself of the support services and capability-building opportunities offered by DAR.

LTI-PBD, one of the latest support services launched only in January 2013 was pilot-tested in 27 land holdings in the province.

ARBs gathered at the Bacolod Pavilion Hotel recently to receive their CLOA, together with support services.

A total of 498 of these ARBs from the cities of Escalante, Sagay, Cadiz, Silay and Talisay were given P26.85-million worth of credit support through the APCP.

Some received crop insurance policies from the PCIC.

A total of 1,134 new agrarian reform beneficiaries received their CLOA for the first time covering a total of 1,526.25 hectares from 53 landholdings. (PIA-6/PN)