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Farmers from 10 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in Albay will soon get benefit from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office and Department of Science and Technology-Bicol (DOST-5). The department will install Portable Solar (Portasol) project.

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The 10 ARBOs-beneficiaries comprises of Quipia Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative, Barangay Villapaz Unified Farmers Association, Association of Men and Women of Gabawan, SARIGAN (Sa Agrarian Reform Iriba Gabos sa Kauswagan), GHARCA (Guinobatan Highland ARC Association), Quibongbongan Farmers Association, PANALA Farmers Association Inc., Ubaliw San Ramon Farmer’s Association, HATAFA (Hacienda Tabaco Agrarian Farmers Association) and Bantayan Quinastillojan Farmers Association.

“The 10 beneficiaries will each receive two units of Portasol Dryer Multi-Purpose Drying Tray in order to help them improve the quality of dried palay, for processing and storage as well as to have a more hygienic drying process.”

“Science will continuously work towards the success of our ARBOs by adopting the whole-of-the-nation approach in order to have a greater impact. We hope to have a long-lasting partnership and sustained engagement with our farmers,” said DOST Undersecretary Sancho A. Maborrang.

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Shariza Shaika M. Requiero, president of the Quipia Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative of Jovellar, Albay, said, “We are blessed to have been chosen by DOST as the recipient of this technology which we consider as a manifestation of the government’s unwavering support for the cause and welfare of the farmers.”

“The farmers were able to sustain despite the pandemic because our strongest ally was the government who, without which, would have not made us modern-day heroes of this pandemic,” she added.

The PHP630,000-project is upgrading the Drying Process of Palay through Portasol Technology and will assist in improving the quality of dried palay. The Portasol is a set of thermal drying trays with a capacity of 150 kgs of play for drying.

The Philippines will deploy a total of 2 GW of renewable power in the country. This includes 1260 MW of solar PV with 900 MW in Luzon, 260 MW in the Visayas, and 100 MW in Mindanao of solar photovoltaic capacity.

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