Senate approves P10.27B budget for DAR
The Senate recently approved the 10.27-billion 2018 proposed budget of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), with no lawmakers wanting to interpolate or question the budget proposal.
Now, Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, is pushing DAR to earmark more for the development and sustainability programs of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs).
Villar also urged DAR to allocate more for the provision of farm machines and equipment.
“The barriers of farmers toward stability and competitiveness is mechanization so we have to mechanize both in the aspect of producing the product and in processing,” she said.
For her part, DAR Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong said the agency under the Duterte administration will work to provide sufficient support to farmers and further develop the agriculture sector of the country.
The P10.27 -billion proposed budget under the 2018 National Expenditure Program (NEP) includes, among others, a P1.59-billion allocation for general administration and support as well as P693.4 million for support to operations, which include funding for policy formulation, planning, monitoring and agrarian reform information and education.