The Department of Agrarian Reform Region (DAR) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Cagayan Valley region have renewed their partnership to help agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in sustaining their livelihood activities.
The agreement, implemented under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty Program (EPAHPP), is a government initiative addressing food security, hunger, and poverty problems through the cooperation and convergence of essential services of various government agencies.
In a statement, the DAR said the activity is in consonance with the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III to uplift the economic lives of the ARBs.
DAR Regional Director Primo Lara and BJMP-Region 2 Jail Senior Superintendent Brendan Fulgencio signed the memorandum of understanding specifying that the ARBs would supply their agricultural products to the food requirements of the BJMP.
Lara said apart from addressing food security, EPAHPP also helps augment the income and productivity of the farmers to help mitigate poverty in the countryside.
“I would like to thank the BJMP for their continued support to our ARBs. Providing the food requirements for the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in this region is a great economic opportunity for our farmers,” Lara said.
Fulgencio said the responsibility of the BJMP does not stop by keeping the society safe but also to give hope to the PDLs to become good citizens again.
“Apart from giving our PDLs fresh and nutritious foods we are glad that, through the budget allocated for them, we are also able to help our farmers by providing an additional steady market for their products,” he said.