Anna Carreon| Oct. 27, 2017
Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) from three barangays in Surallah, South Cotabato recently received livelihood kits in a joint effort to uplift the lives and help increase farmers’ household income.
The program, spearheaded by Pilmico Foods Corporation and Aboitiz Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), provided the nine (9) farmer-beneficiaries with piglets and egg machines as part of Pilmico’s flagship advocacy program, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin.
DAR Officer-in-Charge Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong, Surallah Mayor Antonio O. Bendita and Pilmico Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Apol Castro were present during the turnover.
In her keynote address, DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong thanked Pilmico and Aboitiz for forging a partnership with DAR that will benefit many agrarian reform beneficiaries.
In response, Pilmico Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Apol Castro said:
“Ang araw na ito ay naging posible dahil sa pagkakatugma ng hangarin ng DAR, Aboitiz Foundation at Pilmico. Dahil sa programang ito, nagiging bahagi kami ng Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Development and Sustainability Program ng DAR. Kaya gawin po nating adhikain na magtulungan – ang DAR, PARPO, Pilmico at ang inyong lokal na gobyerno – upang mapalago ang karagdagang kabuhayan na ito.”
(English: Today is a realization of the similar objectives of DAR, Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico. Through this program, our company is now part of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Development and Sustainability of DAR. Let us do our best to help each – DAR, PARPO, Pilmico and the local government – to grow and sustain this livelihood project.)
Launched in 2014, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin aims to promote sustainable livelihood through local produce and instill a “pride of product, pride of place” mindset for both farmers and local consumers.
For South Cotabato, one beneficiary will receive two sets of egg machines (1 set is equal to 48 ready-to- lay hens and rearing cages with built-in feeding trough, waterer, and one month worth of feeds) while 8 beneficiaries will get three piglets for fattening (3 piglets per beneficiary; each with one month’s worth of feed consumption) and technical assistance from Pilmico’s animal production specialists.
Gloria Aguilar, one of the farmer beneficiaries who received a livelihood package, said:
“Sisiguraduhin ko na papangalagaan at iingatan ko ang binigay sa amin ng Pilmico; malaki ang maitutulong nito para mai-angat ang buhay naming pamilya at ng mga kasama ko dito sa lugar namin.”
(English: “We will make sure to take care of the livelihood kits donated by Pilmico as it will surely increase our income and will elevate the lives of our family and our community.”)
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