RIZAL PROVINCE–  Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in collaboration with the Lions Club of Marikina District 301, has provided some 3,000 farmers from Rizal with multivitamins and Plumpy Sup, ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF). These thankful farmers belong to 29 agrarian cooperatives.

Other recipients are 1,649 non-ARBs and the 78 employees of DAR-Rizal,” said DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Saturnino Bello.

Bello, together with farmer leaders of agrarian cooperatives, happily received on April 17, 2020, from DAR Undersecretary Virginia Orogo, officials of Lions Club Markina District 301 and the Phil. Coastguard, 35 boxes containing 500 bottles of multivitamins and another 35 boxes containing Plumpy Sup, a RUSF.

Acting on the directive of DAR Secretary John Castriciones to help in the welfare of farmers in  Jalajala, Tanay, Antipolo, Pililla, Rodriguez and Pinugay, Undersecretary Orogo sought the help of Lions Club of Marikina Dist. 301 for the provision of the goods and coordinated with the Philippine Coastguard to help deliver the goods to DAR in Tanay, Rizal. “Since I live in Cainta, Marikina is a neighbor town, so it wasn’t hard asking for the help of the Lions Club in Marikina,” Orogo said.

“We are grateful for their big help. the multivitamins will greatly help in building resistance against viruses for our farmers. The RUSF would address the nutritional needs of people who might be suffering from malnutrition due to lack of food during this enhanced community quarantine,” added Orogo. Plumpy Sup is a ready-to-use supplementary food. It is a lipid-based nutrient made for the treatment of malnutrition.