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DAR opens business center in Ilocos Norte

news reg 1 pix 1 april 1 2017SARRAT, Ilocos Norte—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently opened a business center that showcases the products of various agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the province.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Vic M. Ines said the business center is designed to help the ARCs in marketing their products.

“We aim to make the products more accessible to prospective buyers,” Ines said.

Among the products available at the business center are blankets, pillow cases, bags and purses made of “binakol”.

Binakol is a hand-woven fabric with a black and white color combination that features the kinuskos or twister design. 

The products are made by women weavers of the San Jose Multipurpose Cooperative (SJMPC) in the town of Sarrat.news reg 1 pix 2 april 1 2017

Also available in the business center are the following products: tamarind wine of the Camanga Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative in Badoc; Ilocos vinegar of the Malampa Multipurpose Cooperative in Bacarra; rice crackers of Camguidan Multipupose Cooperative in Batac City; and rice coffee of the Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative in Banna.

news reg 1pix 3 april1 2017The business center is located at the office of DAR Ilocos Norte, 3rd Floor, Pacific Building, Don E. Ruiz St., Laoag City.  (Jorge Guerrero)

Photo 1: The Banna Blend Rice Coffee of Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative is available at the business center of DAR Ilocos Norte. 

Photo 2: The business center aims to help the agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in marketing their products.

Photo 3: One of the bestsellers in the DAR Ilocos Norte’s business center are the woven products called “binakol” of the San Jose Multipurpose Cooperative of Sarrat.

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DAR conducts assessment of projects given to agrarian cooperatives

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 27 2017ILOCOS NORTE—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted series of assessment and evaluation on the projects and farm implements given to 21 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) of the department.

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Teresita Acang said the general objective of the assessment and evaluation is to review the status of the business operations of the common service facilities (CSFs) such as farm tractors, threshers, reapers, etc., given to the ARBOs as business assets.

The farm implements were given as “equipment grant” which are operated by farm cooperatives as a business asset where user fees are collected and utilized for the operation and maintenance of the farm equipment.

“There is a need to assess the income of the CSFs and account its contribution to the over-all ARBOs business operations,” said Acang.

Held in three batches, review sessions on operational issues and workable strategies were discussed during the ARCCESS-CSF assessment and evaluation series.

Acang said ARCCESS is a joint project between DAR and local government units here which seeks to strengthen ARB communities by building support service in the community.

“It runs on five major components which include provision of CSFs for production and processing, agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, how to run agricultural enterprise, credit facilitation and land tenure improvement,” said Acang.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 27 2017

The DAR also held a two-day assessment and action planning workshop to evaluate and further improve its Village-Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP) of the department.

The VLPCEP is a partnership program that develops market competitive products of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and enhance their enterprise and livelihood activities at the community level.

The participants in the VLPCEP activity are Camguidan MPC, Malampa AR Cooperative, Bagnos MPC, Garnaden MPC, Namnama ARBs MPC, Bugayong ARBs MPC, Caunayan MPC, LBN MPC, Dupitac ARBs MPC, San Jose MPC and Mumulaan MPC. (By Jorge Guerrero)

Photo 1: Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Teresita Acang explains the objective of the assessment and evaluation to the participants.

Photo 2: Twenty one ARBOs in Ilocos Norte attended the DAR’s assessment and evaluation on the projects given under ARCCESS.


DAR trains agrarian cooperatives on credit management

news reg 2 pix 1 jan. 23 2017ILOCOS NORTE—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently held a credit management and capacity-based lending seminar to four of its agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) here to help them in managing their finances.

“The seminar’s objective is to train our ARBOs on how they can better handle their finances by teaching them credit discipline and financial management. It would also coach them on how to save and pay their loans on time,” Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Vic M. Ines said.

The training was attended by the officers of four ARBOs, the Bacarra Norte Farmers Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Sanjera de Padual Irrigators Association of Sarrat, Madamag River Farmers Irrigators Association of Dingras and Camanga Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Badoc.news reg 2 pix 2 jan. 23 2017

Ines said the seminar is part of the ARBOs’ transition credit program designed to prepare them to become credit conduits of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

“Through the ARBOs, the LBP grants loans to farmers to finance the acquisition of agricultural implements for their corn and palay production. This seminar would help them perform their financial duties and responsibilities with due diligence,” explained Ines.

news reg 2 pix 3 jan. 23 2017Topics discussed in the seminar modules include the concepts and principles of credit, credit practices in cooperatives, causes and effects of delinquency and systems of capacity-based lending.

The lectures and workshops were given by trainers from the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) of DAR-Ilocos Norte. (George Guerrero)

Photo 1: Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Vic M. Ines explains the objectives of the credit management seminar to the participants.

Photo 2: The seminar attendees belonging to ARBOs namely: the Bacarra Norte Farmers Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Sanjera de Padual Irrigators Association of Sarrat, Madamag River Farmers Irrigators Association of Dingras and Camanga Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Badoc.

Photo 3: A trainer from the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) of DAR-Ilocos Norte teaching the participants on the most profitable use of their capital.


Ilocos Sur farmer-beneficiaries graduate as Farmer-Technicians

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 17 2017FIFTY farmer-beneficiaries of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) recently graduated as Farmer-Technicians to boost their farms’ productivity as well as to contribute to the development of agriculture the community. 

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Christianne C. Suguitan welcomed the newly graduates as she  considered them as the new partner of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in achieving progress in the countryside. 

Prior to the conferment of the Farmer-Technicians (FT) status, the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) attended a year-long training on rice, corn, organic hog and vermi-compost production, crop diversification, farm production management and common cervice facility business management, practicum or hands-on exercises on rice production through the established Technology Demonstration Farm (TDF). TDF served as ARBs’ experiential learning laboratory and series of coaching and mentoring on crop production topics including micro teaching. 

“Your knowledge in farming would definitely improve your economic lives and we are certain that lending your hand to your fellow farmers will be a big help to boost their farms too,” Suguitan said. 

The ARBs showed their commitment and willingness as FTs by crafting a sustainability plan that embodies their activities for the next cropping season and a letter of commitment to extend their learnings to other members of their respective agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) and agrarian reform communities (ARCs) residents.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 17 2017

The newly graduates came from eight (8) ARBOs of the first and second district of Ilocos Sur, which include Ayusan- Norte Pantay ARC multi-purpose cooperative (MPC) of Vigan City, Nansuagao Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Caoayan, and Metro Nambaran Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Bankagan MPC of Narvacan, Bagnus MPC and Macati Rang-ay Farmers Agrarian Reform Cooperative, both of Sta Maria and Solid East MPC and Metro Cabaroan MPC, both of San Esteban Ilocos Sur. 

This project is implemented under the Agri-Technology Agri –Extension Services (AES) of the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). Costales Nature Farms (CNF) is the project’s service provider.

To date, 300 ARBs had been declared FTs of the project. The first 50 FTs were declared in 2014 during the 1st batch of ARCCESS, 200 ARBs were conferred the same status in 2015. The AES –ARCCESS project is one of DAR’s activities to enhance the farm productivity, increase income and empower the ARBs of the ARCs. (Carina R. Muňoz) 


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