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A cooperative with God at its center

A cooperative with God at its center

San Quintin is a developing municipality in the eastern part of Pangasinan at the foot of the vast and panoramic Caraballo Mountains. It is blessed with a jewel-blue stream called the Dipalo River, which serves as one of the sources of irrigation for the farmers. The townsfolks are devout…

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DAR-Davao del Norte brings home 4 awards

DAR-Davao del Norte brings home 4 awards

THE Davao del Norte provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently grabbed the limelight after winning all four national awards during the LinksFarm Agro-Enterprise Development Learning Session and Recognition Program for Agro-Enterprise Facilitators in Quezon City. DAR…

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StARCM makes farming a promising profession

StARCM makes farming a promising profession

THIS foreign-assisted project has passed the test of time. More than a decade has gone by and still it remains in the hearts and minds of the rural folks in Central Mindanao. The Support to Agrarian Reform Communities in Central Mindanao (StARCM), a six-year project funded by the European Union,…

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A farmer’s rags-to-riches story

A farmer’s rags-to-riches story

He and his family diligently attended various capacity-building trainings especially on farm production and agri-business, which helped increase their productivity.“I did not finish my studies because we were poor. But these capacity-building trainings provided me technical know-how in…

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Bayanihan spirit gives cooperative new lease on life

Bayanihan spirit gives cooperative new lease on life

A cooperative, through its downfall, has proven that it can rise up again and deliver its services to its member. Palamis Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) was organized on September 20, 2002 as a partner-organization of Agrarian Reform Cooperative (ARC) Bayanihan in Alaminos City, Pangasinan with…

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An oyster that bears fruit

An oyster that bears fruit

JardenVille Gracious Mushrooms is a blessing born of perseverance and grit, whose proprietor is as gracious as the name itself, the mushroom queen of Brgy. Luhib, Lake Sebu, Mrs. Criselda Jardenico. Fondly called Te Cris by all who know her, this loving wife and hardworking mother of two, is an…

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Second time’s the charm for Biliran Coop

Second time’s the charm for Biliran Coop

Cooperatives come and go. This was the bleak reality experienced by some residents of Barangay Lico, Naval, Biliran, who are mostly agrarian reform beneficiaries after their organization’s funds were allegedly lost through the machinations of some its leaders. It was no wonder, that there…

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Knocked down but never undone

Knocked down but never undone

Farmer-beneficiary Albert Linda is now smiling from ear to ear again, his face glowing with satisfaction. He attributes the 180-degree turn of his life to the Department of Agrarian Reform for extending a hand at a time when he lost everything in a snap. Not too long ago, Albert was in distress,…

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Rubbing a Fortune

Rubbing a Fortune

“Life was very difficult back then,” Mr. Romeo Atenta, the coop manager started. Then was referred to a time when all of them were just workers of the rubber company. “We hardly can send our children to school,” he continued. Traversing the area, you will see towering…

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Big Money from Small Lands

Big Money from Small Lands

He did not even imagined reaching this level of being a farmer, says the 2014 Gawad Pitak awardee. It’s all about hard work, he added. 43 year-old Ruben Ragas of Sanghan, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte received two hectares of agricultural land from the government’s land distribution…

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AMIDST THE STORM

AMIDST THE STORM

At present, she once again sits as Chairperson of CFARBEMPCO, her second time since its inception in 1995. Committed to sustain the gains of the cooperative, she leaves no room to procastinate at work even with the death of her husband in 2005 that left her being a single parent to four growing…

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Sugar block farming helps double yield

Sugar block farming helps double yield

Though their group only applied the new farming method in their plantation this season, they are already the object of envy among CARP beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, all aching to replicate sugar block farming in their respective farms. Magsalia has since dedicated an hectare of the…

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