Undersecretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong presented to the DAR employees who attended the flag ceremony last February 24, 2014 where the Support Service Office (SSO) is directing this year.
According to Usec. Bistoyong, the support services of DAR aimed to widen and expand the capability of the Regional and Provincial offices in terms of implementing the support services provided by DAR to its stakeholders. The central office on the other hand is the one responsible for giving the overall guidance and policy direction for the implementers which are the regional and provincial DAR offices. Under the rationalized structure, the SSO goals are:
1.) Improve productivity and income of farmers who are part of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO’s) and not necessarily cooperative.
2.) Enhancement of the capabilities and empowering the ARBO’s.
3.) Improve the overall welfare of the farmers through Agrarian Reform Community by ensuring that farming is not only crop production but also an enterprising business that can increase their produce through the help of Business Enhancement Providers tap by DAR. Hence, funding for Rural Infrastructure Projects are also requested by DAR from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the implementation of these service.
4.) Completion of the Agrarian Reform Connectivity And Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) by the Regional implementers. The ARCCESS project that started two years ago and hopes to be completed this year aims to provide the ARBOs capacity development on agri-technology and agri-extension taking into account the needs and preferences of the market.
In addition, Usec Bistoyong said that SSO will also observe the complementation between foreign assisted and locally funded projects as the regional and field offices implements the projects. The complementation is based on National Convergence Initiative effort of the current administration that seeks to facilitate better governance and to respond to the needs of developing an innovative strategy for an inclusive and sustainable rural development.
Usec. Bistoyong said that everyone can expect an efficient and effective implementation the projects by their close monitoring to all the partners involved.