Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS)

The project, “Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS)”, is DAR’s strategic intervention to retain the awarded lands of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) through increased production and engagement in agri-based and related enterprises. The project has five major components which include provision on common service facilities (CSFs) for production and processing, agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, credit facilitation, and land tenure improvement.  The project aims to strengthen the ARB organizations by building them as hubs of support services in the community which are expected to contribute to increasing   ARB household incomes and improve resiliency of ARB households.

See also… FAQs on ARCCESS
The PBD component supports the major strategies identified under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) in accordance with the Agriculture sector’s goals of improving food security and increasing income, increasing resilience to climate change risks, and enhancing policy environment and governance (AFMA Plan, 2011-2017).  The strategies include the following:

  1. Raise the productivity and incomes of agriculture and fishery-based households and enterprises;
  2. Increase investments and employment across efficient value chains;
  3. Increase the resilience of agriculture communities through the development of climate-resilient agricultural infrastructure and climate-responsive food production systems, and provision of support services to the most vulnerable communities;
  4. Strengthen the agriculture and fisheries insurance system as an important risk-sharing mechanism;
  5. Reaffirm the mechanisms and objectives of the National Convergence Initiative (NCI); and
  6. Pursue public-private partnerships, especially for infrastructure and value-chain development.
The current PBD thrust emphasizes the integration and complementation of support services provision primarily through the ARB organizations (ARBOs).  It builds on previous strategies focusing on the ARB organization as conduit for support services provision in ARCs and non-ARCs. Infrastructure projects shall complement all the other interventions under the 3 major sub-MFOs (SILCAB, SARED and AFAES).
1. Agri-technology/Agri-extension (AES)

  • Provision of appropriate technologies based on research and development (R and D), through ARB field schools and demonstration farms for diffusion of knowledge and skills and transfer of technologies for sustained and enhanced crop yields.

2. Business Development Services (BDS) 

  • Applicable and necessary organizational, marketing, financial and/or production and technical management services for ARBOs
  • Business incubation or professional handholding to strengthen the capacity of organization to manage the CSF-based business by itself.   Back-office support such as improvement in bookkeeping and record-keeping efforts to strengthen the legal and financial records of ARB groups may  also be provided
  • Technical assistance in enhancing the internal crop consolidation/marketing system of the ARBOs

3. Common Service Facilities (CSF)

  • Provision of farm production and post harvest machineries and equipment to ARBOs for use as business assets, for complementation with BDS and agri-extension services.
  • CSFs are expected to increase yield and promote and achieve economies of scale.  
4. Credit & Microfinance

  • Strengthening the capacity of ARB organizations to access credit facilities, retail and collect individual ARB loans through their organizations.
  • DAR’s partnership with the DA d the LBP called “Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP)” has streamlined the documentary requirements for easier access, coupled with more attractive interest rates.
5. Agri-insurance (crops and livestock)

  • DAR’s partnership with the DA-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to implement the Agri-Insurance Program (AIP) to mitigate the risks involved in agricultural production.
  • Priority on agri-insurance is given to those which were provided access to credit through APCP and ARCCESS-supported ARBOs; Agri-insurance subsidy to further facilitate the flow agri-credit from private financing institutions.

6. Rural infrastructure (RI)

  • Strategic Farm-to-Market Roads (FMR), Bridges & Irrigation allocated to complement to the agricultural production and marketing requirements of ARB organizations.
  • DAR continues to identify and validate FMRs that support its locally funded projects which are submitted to the Department of Agriculture for funding.
7. Land tenure improvement and stability

  • Fielding of LTI-PBD facilitators to speed-up land acquisition & distribution in new lands.
  • Assistance on subdivision of mother titles and transfer of land titles to heirs and other successors for distributed lands

Credit and Microfinance Programs

DAR-LANDBANK Credit Assistance Program for Program Beneficiaries Development (CAP-PBD)

CAP-PBD is a credit program that provides credit assistance to non-bank eligible ARB cooperatives and farmers’ associations and assists them to become bank-eligible organizations. Interventions include institutional and enterprise development coupled with provision of small loans

DAR-LANDBANK Microfinance Capacity Development Program in Agrarian Reform Areas (MICROFIN_CAP@ARAs)

This program aims to provide financial access to ARBs in agrarian reform areas by linking them to well established micro-finance institutions (MFIs) and developing ARB cooperatives to become effective and efficient microfinance service providers, through the provision of capability building support and credit assistance.

Micro-Agri Loan Product (MALP) Development Program

This program aims to provide sustainable credit access by developing various micro-agri credit loans products (MALPs) channeled through bank-assisted cooperatives and countryside financial institutions (CFIs) Capacity building interventions are provided to partner conduits in undertaking market assessment, product operations review, product manual development; coaching and capacity building, pilot testing and roll out.

DAR-CARD, Inc.-Microfinance Capacity Building for Partner Cooperatives

A partnership endeavor between DAR and CARD Inc., that seeks to develop, strengthen and/or enhance capacities of selected ARB cooperatives to become microfinance service providers and provide sustainable access to financial services to ARBs and community members.

DAR-NATCCO-Microfinance Innovations in Cooperatives in Agrarian Reform Areas (MICOOP@ARAs)

This project undertaken by DAR and the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) aims to enable selected relatively weak ARC cooperatives to provide bank-like microfinancial services to the ARBs and the whole community through the Build-Operate-Adopt-Transfer (BOAT) scheme.

Foreign Assisted Projects (FAPs)

DAR, through the Foreign Assisted Projects Office (FAPsO), continues to pursue the mobilization of resources through development of new ODA projects and accelerating explanatory talks with the Development Partners (DPs).

Two major ODA projects were approved in 2011, namely the Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP) and Japan-assisted Mindanao Sustainable Agricultural and Agrarian Reform Project (MINSAAD).

Likewise, the FAPsO management and technical staff incessantly sharpened their management and technical expertise on the development and implementation of on-going, evolving innovative approaches and strategies that are more responsive to the growing needs of the beneficiaries. The Department continues to explore and adopt more responsive mechanisms to ensure that the development interventions are implemented in the most cost efficient methods, funds and other resources are judiciously expended, and that projects benefits/outcomes are sustained and institutionalized, deriving the optimum benefit for the ARBs and their families, farmer organizations and communities. By the end of 2011, six (6) more projects were in the pipeline and in are currently undergoing the various stages of review by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).  

Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III) 

The Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III) is a 6-year development project of the Department of Agrarian Reform with the primary goal of reducing poverty by agri-enterprise development, food security and enhancement of economic activities for 136 ARCs throughout the country. The project involves provision of Rural Infrastructures such as irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities, and rural water supply systems; Agrarian Information and Marketing Centers; Organizational/Institutional Development; and Agricultural & Agri-enterprise Development in the ARCs through appropriate training and capacity building approaches.  Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA.

Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2)

The Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2) is aimed to reduce poverty and thus improve the socio-economic status of the identified communities in selected ARCs and ARC clusters. Specifically, the project aims to increase the income of the ARBs and other farmers in the project areas and to contribute to improved quality of life in the ARC in a sustainable manner. The project is expected to achieve the following outcomes: i) improve to access to livelihood access to livelihood assets by the rural poor including the landless farm workers [EU1]; ii) develop sustainable livelihood, agribusinesses and long lasting improvements in the well-being of the poor and marginalized groups in the target communities. Assisted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP)

The IARCDSP is a six-year development project funded by the Italian Government with a goal to address rural poverty and promote sustainable development in rural Mindanao. It shall deliver a package of integrated and complementary interventions consisting of (i) Community Infrastructure Development, (ii) Agriculture and Enterprise Development, (iii) Local Capacity Building and (iv) Project Management. It covers thirty-five (35) ARCs in four (4) provinces of Region XII and ARMM, specifically Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD)

MinSAAD is an integrated, area-based approach to rural and agriculture development which will build on innovative approaches, effective strategies, best practices and lessons learned from other projects of DAR. It is funded by a bilateral loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will be implemented by the DAR within five (5) years (effective dates July 2012-July 2016).  The objective of the project is to increase agricultural productivity, product value, and income of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other small-scale farmers through the provision of small-scale infrastructure and agricultural support systems including organizational capacity building support, thereby contributing to increased competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture in the project areas spanning twelve (12) settlements within seven (7) provinces in three (3) regions in Mindanao.  Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA.

Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo (TPKP) 

The project involves construction, installation, and establishment of “universal bridges” (unibridges) in priority Agrarian Reform Communities and CARP covered areas. It aims to promote rural development by linking the ARCs in the economic mainstream and open up development potentials in order to increase productivity and income. Assisted by the Government of France

Bridge Construction Project for Expanded Agrarian Reform Communities Development (Umiray Bridge)

This project involves the construction of Umiray  bridge in order to improve access of 11 ARCs in the province of Quezon   Completion of the project is expected to ease transport of ARB products, improve mobility of people and hasten economic activities in the area.  Location of project: Dingalan, Aurora and Gen. Nakar, Quezon. Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA

Philippine-Israel Center for Agricultural Training (PICAT II) Expansion

The project assists in the development of an integrated strategy for agrarian reform and rural development.  It complements the existing programs of government and rationalizes the same through the synchronization and harmonization of programs, plans and budgets for more effective and efficient rural development process.  It is specifically aimed at institutionalizing a scientific and systematic mechanism for cooperation/collaboration, coordination, networking and information management between and among concerned agencies, institutions, civil societies and sectors that will synchronize development plans and programs and orchestrate the implementation of the development process. Project coverage: Region III provinces.  Assisted by the Government of Israel.
In Country Training Program II (ICTP-II)

The project aims to strengthen capacity of ARBs, peoples’ organizations, project implementers and partners in sustaining the gains from development interventions in the ARCs through (1) adoption of appropriate farming and enterprise technologies; (2) strengthening of farmers’ organizations through the establishment of livelihood and economic enterprises and services, improvement of organizational, financial and enterprise management practices; (3) enhancement of ARB and ARC organizations’ skills in operation and maintenance of physical infrastructure facilities; and (4) strengthening ARBs and ARC organizations’ capacity to sustain support services  and integration of program interventions in ARC development.  Assisted by the Government of Japan/JICA.

Capacity Development (CapDev) Program for ARBs

CapDev aims to build and enhance competencies to a)ensure productive use, effective, judicious, and environmentally-responsive management of the land, as well as maintaining ownership of the awarded land; b) enable individuals and organizations within agrarian reform areas to effectively develop, manage, and expand assets and resources; c) enhance well-being, reduce vulnerabilities and increase resiliency of individual ARBs, their households, organizations, and communities; d) establish functional community-based networks of development champions; and e) develop a favorable and supportive enabling environment for social change in the agrarian reform areas.
Training Course on Social Entrepreneurship
The training course was designed for ARB leaders to assume a more active role in undertaking ARCCESS and other initiatives of developing sustainable livelihoods and enterprises and for DAR implementors to enable them to design and implement responsive PBD programs, projects and activities
PBD Lawyering (Enabling ARBs towards Sustainable Credit Access)
This involves skilling up of DAR field personnel in providing technical assistance (e.g. legal advise, technical guidance etc.) that will enable  the ARBOs to: Access credit facilities  and other  financial services from diversified sources, Capture private investments, Create opportunities for growing and/or expanding their enterprises, Enhance financial health and viability, and Strengthen their ability to manage or mitigate  risks.