Stories


Proud VASFA! Proud Beneficiaries!

Three years after installation, a lot of things have changed with the Valencia Agrarian Farmers Association (VASFA) and our members. We now have other income-generating activities aside from rice farming. We were able to buy own hand tractor, and ...

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Agrarian Reform and a Risked Marriage

Our installation last 2018 has really benefited our family. We lost our house before because of road widening. They asked us to leave. Now that we have our own land, a home wouldn't be a problem for us anymore. We are living a simple life in this ...

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Tatay's Influence

I was lucky enough to be one of those who were installed earlier than the rest of the members of our organization. The farm was productive, and I was able to afford some things from my farm income. I recently bought a motorcycle, and this could ai...

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Gifts of GUIFA

From our installation 3 years ago up to today, our association has received a lot of support services from different providers. Some of these are water pumps and a capital build-up grant from the Department of Agriculture (DA). Because of these suppo...

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The Homemaker is a Human Rights Defender

I was a housewife and didn't know anything about agrarian reform or land rights. Later on, I got involved when my parents passed away. They were not ARBs but they were actual tillers of this rice land, so we were eyeing for Inclusion. I became the...

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From His Farm To His Own Table

I started planting corn in this part of land awarded to SUFA members. I chose corn because it can be a substitute for rice. Before, we only eat fish, dried fish, without rice. We cannot even afford to eat three times a day. This all changed when w...

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A Bittersweet End to Land Struggle

When I was working with a fertilizer manufacturing company, I didn't like what I was doing. The job was really a risk for my health because of the chemicals that I'm handling. Back then, I really knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to farm. ...

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The Good Neighbor

I was once a Promo Coordinator for Splash, the company that manufactures skin products. After I gave birth to my second child, I resigned from this job and stayed at home to focus on my children. We also have a small garden at home. That's the onl...

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The Unconventional Beneficiary

I was selected to be the caretaker of AALIVEFA's mushroom farm. This was built last year with the assistance of KAISAHAN. KAISAHAN linked us with DOST and Trophy Farm who provided the materials and training on mushroom production as a support serv...

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Informal Settler to Landowner

When we started working on our land acquisition and distribution (LAD) process in 2016, most people believe it's impossible for us to get installed. One member even said that he will cut one of his fingers if the landlord allowed DAR to install us...

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