The Department of Agrarian Reform has exceeded its target for the enhancement of beneficiaries' human, financial and physical capital in 2019.
Undersecretary for Support Services Emily Padilla said they are “happy to serve more agrarian reform beneficiaries in 2020.”
At least 467,890 agrarian reform beneficiaries have been trained in various livelihood and skills development program, 122,074 beneficiaries more than its target of 345,816, for an accomplishment rate of 135.30 percent.
In her report during the DAR 2019 summative assessment and 2020 planning conference, Padilla said the enhancement of the beneficiaries’ human capital is vital in raising their technical know-how in modern farm technology to improve the quality and volume of their harvests.
Some 206,483 farmer-beneficiaries were given access to credit and micro-finance services, 50,354 beneficiaries more than the 156,129 targeted beneficiaries last year, for 132.25 percent accomplishment rate in the department’s effort to improve the beneficiaries’ financial capital.
Padilla cited the level of improvement in the physical capital of the farmer-beneficiaries as 3,547 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations benefited in various forms of support services.
While DAR’s development intervention exceeded expectations last year, she cautioned DAR officials and personnel not to sit on their laurels as there are still more to do.
She said more beneficiaries that are still in need of assistance, and called on field officials and personnel to work harder, reach out to more farmers and extend to them the much-needed support services.