DAR forges partnership with NGOs to boost Bukidnon farmers’ organizations

web bukidnonThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently signed an accord with the Institute for Socio-Economic and Development Initiative (Isedi) and Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (Freedom) to harness the entrepreneurial skills of agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the municipalities of Cabanglasan and Baungon, both in the province of Bukidnon.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Julio Celestiano, Jr said Isedi and Freedom would provide participating ARBOs business development services (BDS) such as development of business enterprise and market, financial and organizational management to prepare them to their much greater responsibilities of good governance.

“The immediate priority of the agreement is to provide ARBOs the much-needed skills to manage their day-to-day business transactions and show them the proper way of establishing self-sustaining business units in the community. Isedi will train 10 ARBOs in Cabanglasan while Freedom will take care of three (3) ARBOs in Baungon,” Celestiano said.

Celestiano said these ARBOs would also serve as the convergence areas for the delivery of support services not only for their member-farmers’ own needs but also for other ARBOs and non-ARBs in the area.

The undertaking is a component of the Agrarian Reform Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Project, a development intervention program of DAR designed to create a sustainable rural development through enterprise development.