Farmer orgs undergo Agrarian Credit Program orientation

piaSURIGAO CITY, June 9 (PIA) - A total of seven pre-identified Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from the different municipalities of Surigao del Norte were oriented on Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).

The identified ARBOs are Ima Women’s Initiated Community Association (IWICA) of Barangay Ima, Sison; San Pedo Rural Workers Association (SAPRUWA) of Barangay San Pedro, Alegria; Himamaug Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (HARBCO) of Barangay Himamaug, Taganaan; Cantapoy Farmers and Fisherfolks Credit Cooperative (CAFFCRECO) of Barangay Cantapoy, Malimono; Esperanza Farmers Credit Cooperative (ESFARCRECO) of Barangay Experanza, Del Carmen; Rural Improvement Club Producers Cooperative (RICPROCO) of Barangay Capalayan, Surigao City; and Union Agro-Aqua Credit Cooperative (UNAACO) of Barangay Union, Dapa.

Because of this orientation, 289 farmer-members of the seven ARBOs were being introduced to the agrarian credit program. Thirty-two from IWICA, 31 from SAPRUWA, 82 from HARBCO, 26 from CAFFCRECO, 35 from ESFARCRECO, 48 from RICPROCO and 35 members of UNAACO.

APCP aims to provide assistance to ARBs or ARB household members through their respective organizations to support their individual or communal crop production projects and other projects (e.g. agri-enterprise and livelihood projects). It also intends to provide necessary interventions which will prepare the ARBOs and FOs to become bankable and eventually graduate to the regular lending window of the bank. 

APCP was forged by the DAR, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP). Under the CARPER Law (Republic Act 9700), DA, DAR and LBP pooled their resources and forged a partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement to implement the APCP.

It has been noted that the ARBOs are predominantly weak. The APCP deviated away from the traditional lending approach to address the ARBOs’ credit requirements. APCP has three main components, namely: 1) credit, 2) technical assistance, and 3) other support services.

The orientation was conducted by a team from the Program Beneficiaries and Development Division of the Surigao del Norte provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-SDN) headed by Lina S. Alvarez, a Senior Agrarian Reform Program Officer of the Office.  

The team has been making rounds in the province for the said orientation since March 26, 2014 and concluded their activity last May 23, 2014. (SDR/Daryll M. Tumbaga-PIO, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)