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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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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.


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