THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced that it recently spearheaded the inauguration of two sites in the towns of Magsaysay and Kalambugan in Lanao del Norte for housing projects that will benefit Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) in the province.
The project is implemented under the project titled “Building Adequate, Liveable, Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities” or “Broom”. This project is a joint venture of DAR with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), DAR said in a statement.
Northern Mindanao Regional Director Zoraida O. Macadindang thanked the Local Government Units (LGU) staff for supporting the project by providing the location to build the houses. Macadindang also congratulated the participating Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs).
“Finally, this first shovelful of earth marks the start of the construction of the housing project for our ARBs,” she added.
The houses would be built on a 24,324 square meter (m²) plot located and donated by the LGU of Barangay Lumbac, in the municipality of Magsaysay. The project is expected to benefit 144 ARBs of the Daan Campo Multipurpose Farmers Cooperative (DCFMPC).
The housing project in Kolambogan, on the other hand, is expected to be built on a 25,000 m² plot located and donated by the LGU of Barangay Kulasihan and is intended for 152 ARBs of the Community Credit Union for Agrarian Reform of Santo Niño- Sucodan (SSARCC).
According to Macadindang, each ARB should be allocated a house and a plot of 75 m². She added that the total project area at each site includes community facilities of 1,500m² and housing utilities of 4,208m² in Magsaysay and 3,615m² of housing utilities in Kolambungan.
Macadindang said DAR will continuously monitor the progress of the project and is committed to providing support services and livelihood projects to the beneficiaries.
Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo thanked DAR for providing the dream project of the farmers who will eventually live there.
“They don’t expect their dream of not only owning farmland but also a decent house to be realized with this type of DAR housing scheme,” Dimaporo said.