Addressing Rural Poverty in Cabuling: The Agrarian Reform Community Development Program

The paper presents a case study of an agrarian reform community
(Cabuling, Tantangan) in the province of South Cotabato. It examines
the results of the land distribution and subsequent programs
implemented in the community focusing on the situation of the
beneficiaries. The study inquired into the history of the program, the
general situation in the community, livelihood opportunities and the
work of the local organization.

The paper presents a case study of an agrarian reform community
(Cabuling, Tantangan) in the province of South Cotabato. It examines
the results of the land distribution and subsequent programs
implemented in the community focusing on the situation of the
beneficiaries. The study inquired into the history of the program, the
general situation in the community, livelihood opportunities and the
work of the local organization.

Apart from land distribution, the community is benefited from an
integrated support package that included credit provisions from various
sources, farm-to-market roads, improved irrigation system, provisions
of potable water and electricity and varied training programs.
Nonetheless, to cover the gaps and sustain the gains, more should be
done. The paper concluded with a list of recommendations: improve
access to production infrastructure; more viable credit packages;
provisions for short term supplemental livelihood; diversification of
production and enterprise projects; improve farm prices while
decreasing decreasing input costs; and extend benefits to the poorest
families and the women in a community.

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