The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a one-day skills training on coconut sap sugar production, an agribusiness development assistance to the women agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Agusan del Norte.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Office II Andre B. Atega said the training is a continuing effort of the department to provide technical assistance to women ARBs of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
He added that the activity was participated by forty (40) women ARBs who are members of cluster of ARB Organizations that includes Malambuong Kahugpongan sa Kababaehan sa San Isidro (MAKAKASI), Jaliobong Masipag Farmers Organization (JAMAFO), and Jaliobong Irrigators Services Association (JISA).
Atega said the training allows the women to learn the technology to produce coco sugar as additional livelihood.
“It empowers women ARBs by making them less dependent on the income of their husbands, “ he added.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Virginia Batosalem said women ARB household members, who are looking for livelihood program to earn additional income for their family’s needs, were trained to produce coconut sugar in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
ARB member Flordela Galo said “the inputs from the training are useful when it comes to raising more income for my family”. (Gil E. Miranda)