The ARC Development Strategy
The Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) Development Strategy was adopted in 1993 to focus on priority agrarian reform areas to maximize resource allocation, complementation, and mobilization for greater efficiency and impact taking into consideration the limited financial and material resources of the government.
An ARC is a barangay or cluster of contiguous barangays within a municipality where majority of the CARP-covered lands have been awarded to a critical mass of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). The ARC strategy applies the integrated area development approach where the ARBs and their communities are the primary focal points of development interventions.
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.
PBD Programs, Projects and Partnerships
· DAR-SRA Sugar Convergence Program
· DAR-NDA Partnership
· DA-DAR-LBP Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP)
· DAR-PCIC Agricultural Insurance Program for ARBs
· DAR-NFA Partnership on Accelerating Procurement of Palay/Corn in Agrarian Reform Areas (ARAs)
· DAR-CDA Partnership Program for ARB Cooperative Development
· PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA)
Enterprise Development for ARBs
· Marketing Assistance Program (MAP)
· Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP)
· DAR-CRS Partnership Project on Linking Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries to Corporate Supply Chain
· Up-Valuing Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ (ARBs’) Products
· Promotion of Rural Micro Entrepreneurship through Community Retail Store Operations (PRME)
Enterprise-based Social Services Systems Development
Community-based Potable Water, Sanitation and Health (CPWASH)
The CPWASH project aims to install low-cost and alternative water supply technologies and sanitation systems to provide safe drinking water and proper sanitation services to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.
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.
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.
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).