ABUCAY, Bataan –The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Bataan has started trainings for agrarian reform cooperatives in the province as required in Republic Act 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008.
Agrarian reform cooperatives are those being assisted by DAR, and whose members are mostly agrarian reform beneficiaries.
Nine agrarian reform cooperatives here attended the two-day training on Strategic Planning held at Amanda’s Resort, this town, namely: Greater Bani Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), Balanga Agrarian Reform MPC, Tanato MPC, Morong MPC, Tapulao MPC, Capitangan Organic Farmers Marketing MPC, Saguing farmers MPC, and Dinalupihan MPC.Another set of agrarian reform cooperatives here will undergo the two-day training this week, said Senior Agrarian Reform Program Officer (SARPO) Norma S. Evangelista.
She explained that the Strategic Planning is one of the 14 trainings they will conduct to agrarian reform cooperatives in the province as required in RA 9520.
“We will be providing all the 14 trainings to the agrarian cooperatives in the province as required based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9520”, Evangelista said.
“We will have trainings separately for cooperative officers, board members of the coops, and bookkeepers and accountants”, she said.
The Program Beneficiaries and Development Division of DAR Bataan headed by Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Neil Francis T. Pedralvez, particularly conducts the trainings for agrarian reform cooperatives here.
DAR Bataan officers and employees Arpo 2 Liberty Malixi, Arpo 1 Cheryl Pedralvez, Arpo 1 Erickson Reyes, Arpo 1 Marietta Salas, Arpo 1 Crsitina Crizaldo, and Flordeliza Salang Clerk VI, headed by Pedralvez and Evangelista, work as a team to ensure effective trainings for cooperatives.
Expert Reynan Calderon is DAR training consultant.• Butch Gunio