Agrarian cooperative now open for business

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 17 2016TUBA, BENGUET-- The Parasipis Multipurpose Cooperative in at Parasipis, Tabaan Norte, has secured a license to operate from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its vegie chip production on May 3, 2016.

DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said having a license to operate means “that buyers can be assured that products are of high quality and is safe for consumption.”

Having complied with the rules and regulations and on technical requirements, Tobias explained that the FDA license of allows the cooperative to operate as a manufacturer of snack food products.

According to Tobias, the vegetable chip making started in 2012 when the Parasipis cooperative availed of a grant training on Basic Veggie Chip Making through the DAR- Benguet Municipal office.

“Seeing that there is a market for vegetable snack food and the farmer-members were earning additional income from it, the DAR, through the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP) provided the cooperative with construction materials for their vegie chip production,” Tobias said.

Under the DAR’s Up-Valuing Project, the cooperative underwent various trainings on cooking and packaging that gave birth to the logo and label design of their vegie products.

The FDA license to operate is valid until May 3, 2018, subject to renewal every two years thereafter. (Rino Pellis)

DAR personnel plant trees in Shilan forest

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 13 2016LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—Employees from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) planted 350 coffee seedlings in the communal forest of Shilan to restore and preserve the water sources in the communities here.

According to Barangay Kagawad Nelson Digman, the forest of Shilan is the water source of the four sitios of the municipality of Tawang. 

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Robert B. Ampaguey said the DAR upholds its commitment to contribute and provide help to the farming communities here, “that’s why we conducted a tree-planting activity to contribute to the cause of the local government here to preserve the water source of Tawang.”

Forest Officer Charlie Lopez of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office and Forest Rangers Emiliano Balbines and Macario Toyan guided the DAR employees in clearing the wild grasses before planting the 350 coffee reg 1 pix 2 oct. 13 2016

“Upon the expert advice of the Natural resources office here, we planted coffee seedlings because they are water intensive and they have a wide root structure for holding mountain soil in place,” explains Ampaguey.

“The coffee beans are the added bonus. The residents and farmers living in Shilan forest can harvest the coffee beans for home consumption,” said Ampaguey.

The tree-planting activity was implemented in line with the National Greening Program of the government that seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016.

The DAR planted the communal forest of Shilan with Arabica coffee seedlings on July 14, 2016. (Vilma Faustino)

DAR-CAR Change leadership

news 1 reg pix 1 feb. 22 2016 The Department of Agrarian Reform in the Cordillera Administrative Region underwent a change in leadership following the turn-over ceremony in Supreme Hotel, Baguio City, on January 18, 2016.

DAR Region I Director IV Homer P. Tobias assumed the directorship of the DAR-CAR in a concurrent capacity while former Regional Director Paramon Furigay returned to his former position as Director III of DAR Region II.

Atty. Resty C. Osias, the Assistant  Regional Director previously assigned in  Region II, replaced Robert B. Ampaguey who served as Director III. Dr. Ampaguey regained his position as Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer in DAR-Benguet while Deogracias Almora who was detailed in the province, would also go back to Apayao Province, his previous place of assignment.

For the rest of the provinces in the region, the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers are: Virgilio I Acuña, PARPO for Abra, Artemio Domaoang for Ifugao, Edaño G. Canao for Kalinga, and Jude A. Gawogawen for Mt. 1 reg pix 2 feb. 22 2016

The Regional Adjudication Board is headed by Atty. Marivic Casabar while Atty. Omar D. Ibra, Al Haj, heads the Provincial Adjudication Board in Abra. For the other provinces, Atty. Doris R. Briones is the Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator. (Leticia D. Laoagan)

Photo 1: 
Regional Director Homer P. Tobias is installed as the Regional Director for CAR in concurrent capacity as he is still the RD of DAR Region I.

Photo 2: 
Robert B. Ampaguey, Ph. D., takes his oath as the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer before Atty. Marivic Casabar at the Supreme Hotel, Baguio City.

DAR-DTI to synchronize development programs

pia-logoBAGUIO CITY, Oct. 14(PIA)- - Twenty six years after the Philippine government passed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, key government agencies involved in its livelihood assistance component are still pushing for the implementation of regular programs even if it is set to expire in 2014. For this, a synchronization workshop was recently held in Baguio City attended by CARP coordinators and point persons of the Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Trade and Industry.

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