BUTUAN CITY, May 22 – The 2016 performance of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office of Agusan del Norte on organizational strengthening program reached 134 percent.
Sixty (60) Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs), that included cooperatives, farmers and irrigators’ associations, and women groups, completed the required trainings.
This year 2017, Provincial Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PPBDD) intensifies its effort to outperform last year performance by aiming to train 10,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) over the 7,500 ARBs trained last year.
PPBDD Chief Judith M. Domingo has expressed confidence that performance this year will be attained despite the biggest challenge confronting the department which the lack of manpower as a consequence of the RATPLAN.
Coop Development Coordinator Juanita Balibay pointed out that the trainings to be conducted for this year have targeted nearly fifty ARBOs in the province.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega instructed the field-based personnel to exert effort in providing quality trainings that will make the farmer-organizations competitive as a rural enterprise.
He reminded the group of Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC) which is now the classic “crab hunter to banker” story line of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation history.
He said that the province capability-building program is one of the thrust of DAR’s Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano in strengthening the agrarian organizations.
The training program aimed at strengthening the ARBO to avail interventions from the government under the administration of DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano, such as access to credit assistance and other interventions to improve agricultural productivity. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)