CEBU, Philippines—The Department of Agrarian Reform in Central Visayas (DAR-7) launched two Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in Valencia, Negros Oriental last June 20.
The two communities included Valencia Social Development Committee (SDC)-1 and Valencia SDC-2.
SDC-1 covers barangays Apolong, East Balabag, West Balabag, Balayagmanok, Bong-ao, Calayugan, Jawa, Liptong and Lunga while SDC-2 includes covers Caidiocan, Cambucad, Palinpinon and Pulangbato.
It has a total land area of 1,630.4650 hectares, an agricultural area of 1,218.9835 hectares that will benefit 2,251 households.
SDC-1 has 3,375 agrarian reform beneficiaries. SDC-1’s ARC processed products are virgin coconut oil and abaca products.
The functional farmers organization/cooperative under SDC-1 are Valencia Community Development Cooperative and the barangay Liptong Small Coconut Farmers Association.
SDC-2, on the other hand, has a total land area of 1,426.1870, an agricultural area of 1,204.9965 that will benefit 776 households.
It has 1,194 agrarian reform beneficiaries.
The functional people’s organizations existing in the area are Valencia Community Development Cooperative Caidiocan Extension and Ticala Ilijan Farmers Association.
The launching was attended by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program officer for Central Visayas Dr. Antonio del Socorro, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) II Grace B. Fua, PARO 1 Pacifico Quindo Jr., Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzales and Vice Mayor Deodoro Ulasiman, Valencia Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Grace Mapili, Development Facilitator Marilyn Teves and barangay captains of the covered ARCs.
ARCs serve as basic convergence areas for support services, growth points in the countryside, pilot areas for partnerships/convergence and show-windows of DAR’s development interventions.
At present, there are 91 ARCs nationwide including 33 in Negros Oriental.