SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 25 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Regional Field Office and Department of Agrarian Reform – Surigao del Norte provincial office turned-over recently a new rice milling machine worth P300,000.00 to the Cantapoy Farmers and Fishermen Credit Cooperative (CAFFCRECO) in a turn-over ceremony at the CAFFCRECO’s coop building, Brgy. Cantapoy, Malimono, this province.
The newly turned-over machine is part of the Integrated Livelihood Program of DOLE to around 140 CAFFCRECO members that will benefit the said milling machine.
As it can be recalled, CAFFCRECO started engaging in rice milling services in 2001 following their acquisition of a second-hand rice milling machine, after identifying that the business was feasible since there are quite a number of palay producers in their area but not millers.
For more than a decade of their operation, their lone milling machine has become obsolete and sometimes malfunctions and causes delay to their daily operations which in effect pushes their farmer customers to have their palay milled to other millers and in turn decreasing their expected profits.
On this premise, then Development Facilitator (DF) Lorna G. Maturan, an Agrarian Reform Program Technologist, together with the Medium and Small Scale Industries Coordinated Action Program (MASICAP II) Development Foundation, Inc. drafted and formulated the CAFFCRECO’s rice milling services project proposal and submitted the same to the DOLE.
The coop’s request came into reality on the day the check was handed to them by DOLE-Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson G. Cañete.
Dir. Cañete during the ceremonial turn-over stressed that the CAFFCRECO beneficiaries were lucky to have received the said grant, the first beneficiary in the entire province.
He also reminded the members of CAFFCRECO of their duties and responsibilities in making the project a fruitful one and be of more service to their constituents.
On the other hand, the members were just so grateful of the project because it will surely help lessen the burden of their coop’s operations and hoping to fully serve their farmer customers in the area and most importantly it will help in generating additional income for CAFFCRECO.
The said event was also graced by DAR Surigao del Norte Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) Ma. Elizabeth L. De Guzman, MARO Alfredo E. Alvarez, Labor and Employment Officer III Felibeth Bonono and Rhium Truce C. Salvador of DOLE. (SDR/Daryll M. Tumbaga-DAR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)