The Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to conduct Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Enterprise Support Services (ARCCESS) project at a ceremony held recently at SDSSU campus, Tandag City last July 3, 2013.
The MOA covers the Organizational and Enterprise Needs Assessment and Design Assessment of the proposed “Rice Production and Palay Trading” and “Crop Trading.” These are to be implemented by the Avanceña Beneficiaries-Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABFMPC) in the Cabadbaran City and Palmavera Small Coconut Farmers Beneficiaries Cooperative (PASCOFBEC) in the municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.
Assistant Regional Director for Operation (ARDO) and concurrent Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II (PARO II) of DAR Agusan del Norte Andre B. Atega, CESOV, is the signatory representing Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations in Agusan del Norte. On the other hand, the President Remegita C. Olvida, Ed.D., represented SDSSU who will provide technical assistance such as agricultural and agribusiness instruction and research activities to the participating ARBOs.
PARO Atega said, “This is another milestone in Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation in DAR-Agusan del Norte that will enhance the chances for growth and increase income of the agrarian reform beneficiaries.”
Ester Cabalan, OIC Chief of the Beneficiaries Development and Coordinating Division (BDCD) said that DAR-ADN, in partnership with SDSSU, aims to assess the needs of the ARBOs (ABFMPC & PASCOFBEC) for an effective implementation of their agri-based enterprise projects.
ARCCESS Coordinator Raul N. Hermoso mentioned that, “we engaged the services of SDSSU knowing their competency and track record in conducting research and evaluation in rural development projects.”
Also in attendance during the ceremony were Antonio D. Meso, CARPO-RSSD, Engr. Vangie Hanginan, Regional Project Engineer, Gil E. Miranda, information officer and some DAR-SDS personnel.