Identification cards (IDs) were issued to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) last Tuiesday following national health measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Luis Meinardo Pañgulayan, the ID will be used to give farmers access to assistance provided by government particularly those rendered in the campaign against the COVID-19 crisis.
“The ARB ID will be issued for the purpose of facilitating their access to various government assistance, especially during the strict implementation of the enhanced community quarantine,” he said.
Some of these programs include support services provided by DAR under the Emergency Support Services Program such as the promotion of food security and economic empowerment.
Multiple access to services
It also allows access to benefits on other services provided in the sectors of health, credit accessibility, education and housing.
Pañgulayan also said farmers may use the ID to acquire the emergency cash subsidy granted under the social amelioration program.
“The ARB, who belong to the marginalized sectors of the society, are badly affected by the strict implementation of the government community quarantine, not only in the entire island of Luzon but also in the other regions of the country due to the danger of pandemic COVID-19,” he said.
An estimated 352,511 beneficiaries granted a Certificate of Land Ownership Award will be issued the ID which will be valid until 31 December.
Pañgulayan said regional offices will create a master list of beneficiaries eligible for the ID that the DAR Municipal Office will distribute.