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DAR chief distributes land titles to Pangasinense farmers

news reg 11 pix 1 june 8 2017URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan (June 8, 2017)—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) celebrated the first DAR Pangasinan Farmers’ Festival with the distribution ofcertificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 477 agrarian reform beneficiaries here.

DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano led the distribution of CLOAs covering 654 hectares of agricultural lands situated in the municipalities of Dasol, Bolinao, Mabini, Burgos, Bani, Infanta and Umingan.

Mariano said the department will do its best to improve the economic well-being of the ARBs through the DAR support services delivery to promote greater farm production and higher income opportunities.

“Our support services aim to make their land more productive by providing them with credit assistance, farm machines and livelihood projects. And for those who have land problems, we offer free agrarian legal advice to farmers,” added Mariano,” said Mariano.

Mariano reminded the farmers that the DAR will always be there to fight for their rights and welfare. He said among his major directives are to provide supports services, promote the rights of farmers and deliver agrarian justice to oppressed farmers.

Mariano was in Pangasinan to celebrate with the farmers of the province their bountiful harvests where it was showcased and sold to the public in a mini trade fair. news reg 12 pix 2 june 8 2017

DAR Regional Director Virgilio Acuňa said the Farmers’ Festival was conducted to help farmers promote their agri products to a wider market.

“The mini trade fair showcases not only the farmers’ harvests but also their products like processed foods and other merchandise. It is also a venue where farmers interact with other farmers and share their knowledge and experiences in effective farming techniques,” said Acuňa.

During the DAR Pangasinan Farmers Festival, DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ma. Anna Francisco, presented to Mariano the 72 farmer-graduates of the farm business school (FBS) program and the 144 graduates of the mandatory trainings of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

Francisco said the FBS is a training program that teaches farmers about business and marketing trends in their own local environment through the learning-by-doing approach. She said the farmers were tutored on basic business concepts and effective farming practices.
 
“The farmers underwent 25 learning sessions for five consecutive months. In those sessions, they were also taught on bookkeeping, cash flows, value addition, market surveys, selling and costing,” said Francisco.


Francisco said the 144 graduates of the CDA mandatory trainings underwent trainings to strengthen and improve the operation of their farmers’ organization/cooperatives.

news reg 13 pix 3 june 8 2017“Officers of various farmers’ organization/cooperatives here undertook trainings for cooperative development to acquire professional expertise in proper management of their respective cooperatives. The CDA facilitated trainings on financial management, microfinance, enterprise development and marketing strategies,” explained Francisco.

The Farmers’ Festival was attended by more than 500 farmers and held at the Urdaneta Cultural and Sports Complex. (30)

Photo 1: Secretary Rafael Mariano assisted by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ma. Anna Francisco awarding a CLOA to a farmer-beneficiary.

Photo 2:  Farmer Regina Casimina and farmer Isiaias Medenilla, two of the oldest recipients of CLOAs.

Photo 3: Secretary Mariano with the new farmer-landowners. Also in photo are Regional Director Virgilio Acuna and PARPO Ma. Anna Francisco.

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P2-M worth of livelihood support to boost Ilocos farmers’ groups

news reg 1 pix 1 may 122017The local government of Ilocos Sur, with the assistance of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), recently provided funds to nine (9) agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) to boost their livelihood projects.

The beneficiaries of the fund include Candon City Coconut Farmers Agrarian Reform (AR) Cooperative, Macati Rang-ay Farmers AR Cooperative, Metro Luba Coconut Farmers MPC and Ayusan Norte Pantay ARC MPC, which received P 300,000.00 respectively. On the other hand,  Sirmata AR Cooperative, Arnap Sunrise AR Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Tay-ac AR Cooperative received P 200,000.00 each, while P100,000 were turned over to Southern Santiago AR Cooperative and Barbar ARBs MPC.

Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, who led the awarding of the cheques, said the funds given to the organizations would surely boost their business enterprises.

The awarded funds will be used for the organizations’ enterprises like additional working capital for micro-finance and crop production, palay trading, re-lending, hog fattening and processing center improvement in compliance to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement. A total of about 1,500 cooperative members will benefit from this financial assistance from the DAR and the provincial government.   

“These funds are given to the organizations as grant, however, we would impose stricter policy and regular monitoring of the operations,” Singson said.

The cheques were received by the officers and management staff of each organization at the Provincial Capitol of Ilocos Sur.

The event were also attended by Vice Governor Jeremiah C. Singson and some Provincial Board Members. (Rizalyn Ambida)

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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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