Farmers to get houses from DAR
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it is spearheading the construction of affordable housing for agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) under the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the farmers and farmworkers housing program of the agency shall be part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for a “rebirth” of land reform in the country.
Castriciones said that under the second phase of agrarian reform, the ARBs housing program shall be one of the major programmes that would greatly improve the living condition of farmer-beneficiaries in the country.
“Most of our farmers and farm-workers are poor and does not own the house they live in. And even if they own it, most of their houses are dilapidated and needs repair. Why? Because the farmers would rather use their money for farming and family expenses than use it for house repairs,” said Castriciones.
“The ARBs housing program is our comprehensive solution to achieve inclusive growth by uplifting the quality of lives of CARP beneficiaries and their families through this housing project and though livelihood and educational support that we will provide,” he added.
For her part, DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Emily Padilla said the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council’s (HUDCC) Balay Filipino Program, along with other key shelter agencies namely the National Housing Authority (NHA), Pag-IBIG Fund, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC), Home Guarantee Corp. (HGC) and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (NHMFC), will be the key component for the ARBs housing program of DAR.
“These key shelter agencies will extend their respective programs, activities, and expertise in assisting and tapping subdivision developers in the housing industry to join the DAR’s ARBs housing program. They will also help us in providing guidelines for the farmers’ housing programs such as administration of the farmers’ housing fund and accreditation of housing developers,” said Padilla.