DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias reported this during the department’s 2018 mid-year performance review and planning session in Tagaytay City.
Tobias said these trainings were conducted to help ARBOs improve their organizations’ financial performance and sustainability of their businesses.
“These trainings were able to instill in them credit discipline and financial management. We have instructed them on how to save, pay loans on time and to better handle their finances and run their agri-businesses smoothly,” Tobias said.
The ARBOs were trained on: basic entrepreneurship, business and financial management, conflict management and risk management.
The DAR’s performance review and planning session was conducted to resolve and address problems in implementing agrarian reform for the year.
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CAMILING, Tarlac – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched a Farm Business School (FBS) program in Barangay Bacabac to equip farmers with entrepreneurial skills in effectively managing their farm produce and optimize their profitability.
Forty-three farmers belonging to the Bacabac Farmers Producers’ Cooperative (BFPC) and Bacabac Gintong Ani Farmers’ Association, Inc. (BGAFAI) are enrolled in the program.
Farmer Jerry I. Lorenzo, BFPC Chairman, and Farmer Pedro R. Ibarra, BGAFAI President, thanked the DAR, its partner-agencies, and the local government unit of Camiling for giving them the opportunity to improve their farm business skills.
Building up the capabilities of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in handling and marketing their farm products is among the priorities of DAR under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ileona B. Pangilinan said the farmer-participants will undergo 25 sessions of farm business school for four months where they will learn the business side of agriculture using their own local environment as the FBS program takes the school to the farmers.
“The learning process will be interactive as the farmers will learn from each other. The facilitators will be there to teach and develop their capacity in running a profitable farm business by honing the farmers into becoming better farm managers and entrepreneurs that can respond to business and market requirements,” Pangilinan added.
The project came about after the DAR, with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), DA-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), and the local government units (LGUs) signed a memorandum of agreement to help farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Bacabac.
Provincial FBS Project Point person Jailynn V. Dimalanta said the primary aim of the program is to transform the participants from mere farmers to farmer-entrepreneurs.
“When this group of farmers becomes entrepreneurs, they gain collective bargaining power and thus giving them leverage and command with regard to the price of their produce,” Dimalanta said.
Chief Executive of Camiling Erlon C. Agustin committed to provide the support they need so they may become successful farmer-entrepreneurs after they graduate from the course.
“I am hoping that your participation in the FBS will be the beginning of a big change and a huge step for your associations towards a successful business endeavor,” Agustin added.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Geraldine B. Yumul likewise dared farmer-participants to heed the call of farm-entrepreneurship so that they may contribute to the overall share of the agriculture sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
For this year, the BFPC and BGAFAI will be joined by three other ARBOs in the area during the duration of the FBS.
The three other ARBOs include the Ablang-Sapang Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the town of Moncada, and the Golden Pance 125 Multi-purpose Cooperative (MPC) and First Progress Agricultural Cooperative that are both located in the town of Ramos.
Last year, the Mabulod Green Farm Producers’ Cooperative in Sula, in the municipality of San Jose became the first beneficiary of the FBS project when DAR Tarlac piloted the program.
A total of 32 farmers completed the 25 sessions of the course and are expected to become farmer-entrepreneurs in their respective communities. (Manuel Dancel, Information Officer)
Photo 1: PARPO II Ileona B. Pangilinan of the DAR, Camiling Municipal Mayor Erlon C. Agustin, BFPC Chairman Jerry I. Lorenzo, and BGAFAI President Pedro R. Ibarra, sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to secure their respective commitments in implementing the FBS project.
Photo 2: DAR FBS facilitator Johnrey Martin conducts FBS learning session with the farmers of Bacabac, Camiling, Tarlac.
Photo 3: The Bacabac farmers and enrollees to the FBS together with officials of DAR Tarlac Provincial Office and members of the local government unit of Camiling.
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The distribution of 153 CLOAs, held at the Bella Plaza in San Sebastian, Tarlac City was led by DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones last January 31 that covered some 135 hectares of agricultural lands.
Among the recipients are farmer beneficiaries from the Municipalities of Anao, Moncada, San Manuel, Victoria, San Jose, Tarlac City, Capas, and Concepcion, all in the province of Tarlac.
The activity was also in time with the holding of the 1st Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) Summit in the province.
Sec. Castriciones was joined during the event by Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina L. Bistoyong, OIC-Regional Director, Atty. Judita Tungol, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Ileona B. Pangilinan, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Geraldine B. Yumul and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I for Hacienda Luisita Marcelino S. Marata.
“The process of distributing lands to the landless farmers is just the first step towards attaining real change in the lives of the beneficiaries,” Secretary Castriciones said.
The DAR chief added that “binding together to build strong, vibrant and self-reliant organizations with the assistance of DAR and introducing more innovative ways of increasing the farmer’s income by empowering every member of the household through various off-farm and non-farm projects will spell out the big difference.”
He also emphasized the thrust that the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is pushing to liberate the poor farmers in the country from the bondage of tenancy and poverty.
At present, the province of Tarlac has a total of 124 DAR-assisted farmers’ organizations or ARBOs. Secretary Castriciones hopes to institutionalize housing, livelihood and scholarship programs for the farmers’ wives or husbands and their children so that beneficiaries of CARP will no longer pawn their CLOAs to address the basic needs of their family like food, shelter and education. (Albert Sapnu with reports from Ray Anthony Rilveria, PIO Tarlac)
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