During the workshop’s opening program, Director Myrna Pablo of DTI-Cordillera said that the undertaking is a great opportunity for both agencies to share common experiences, strengthen partnerships and collaborative efforts to improve competencies.
Director Paramon Furigay of DAR complemented saying that both agencies must put resources where it matters in assisting the agrarian reform beneficiaries to a higher level.
Among the areas identified for synchronization according to DTI-Kalinga Provincial Director Grace F. Baluyan are the Small Medium Entrepreneurs Roving Academy (SMERA), a learning program for entrepreneurs to facilitate easier access to market, domestic and international; the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) for poverty reduction program of the administration and the Shared Services Facility (SSF) that provides common service facilities aimed at improving competitiveness and productivity of beneficiaries. She added that the industry cluster approach is organized to increase growth and competitiveness of the involved sector.
Jane Toribio, also of DAR-CAR , discussed her agency’s banner projects such as the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project () that helps develop market competitiveness and enhances enterprises in selected agrarian reform areas. Another DAR intervention according to Toribio is the Up-Valuing program that assists beneficiaries identify and establish markets with longer arrangements.
Elsie Digmayo of DAR Benguet and Peter Bantasan of DAR Mountain Province shared their experiences detailing how they scored in helping the level of competitiveness of their beneficiarie.
Furigay and Pablo expressed optimism that both agencies will not only have a unified plan but will have a common framework that delivers the needed support services leading to sustainable livelihoods and enterprise development for the agrarian reform beneficiaries in the region. (PIA/Art Tibaldo-DTI CAR)