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DAR raises the value of farmers’ ginger tea product

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 23 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is pushing the farmer-members of Magdiwang Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MARC MPC) to raise the quality of their ginger tea to generate extra income and employment for the members of the cooperative.

MARC MPC is the recipient organization of value-adding project under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP) funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The DAR tapped the expertise of Operations Manager Meriam G. Santos of SAM-SAMMI Herbal Products who trained 12 farmer-members of the MARC MPC in food processing training on ginger production, processing, packaging, costing and marketing.

Santos shared her expertise from the extraction of native ginger, cooking, powdering to packaging. “At first, all processes involved were observed after which each participants had a chance to actually apply all their learning,” Santos said.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 23 2016

Ms. Luz Rabo, chairman of the committee on ginger processing of MARC MPC, very much appreciated the training. “We are so lucky to be assisted by DAR because this training made us realize the value of ginger. With the 50 kg of native ginger we are able to process it into 51 kg of ginger tea ready for marketing unlike before that we keep on producing ginger tea without proper process being followed. Now we can encourage and teach other members to process ginger tea to increase the production volume.”

“This enterprise is expected to benefit 665 members of our cooperative once operationalized,” Ms. Rabo added. (Gefelyn A. Goleng)

Photo 1: Actual hands-on extraction, cooking, and powdering of native ginger into tea done by the (men) members of MARC MPC.

Photo 2: Ms. Meriam Santos (in white apron), the resource person showing the right way of making tea bags prior to sealing.

DAR-MIMAROPA trains new field implementers

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 7 2016TANZA, Cavite— Thirty-eight newly appointed Agrarian Reform Program Officers of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in MIMAROPA Region underwent a five-day training workshop on Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) functions held at the Tanza Oasis Hotel here. 

The training was a combination of lecture, structured learning exercises, simulation and workshop aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the DAR personnel.

“The activity was conceptualized at the close of the rationalization process. It’s an integral part of the DAR’s human resource development strategy to provide employees with the information as they become on board for a new position,” Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ferdinand M. De Gala emphasized.

“These newly appointed field implementers have been performing their assigned PBD tasks for almost a year, to some, for more than a year. It was assumed that they have been briefed on their specific assignments. But that is not enough. To be effective at their job, we need to properly immerse them towards the depth of the program,” De Gala added.

The activity highlighted the modules on enhancing personnel effectiveness, internalizing ARC Development Perspective, acquiring ARC Development skills, participatory area planning, enterprise development, project proposal preparation, business set-up and value chain approach.news reg 2 pix 2 sept. 7 2016

Resource person Luz Ani, shared the value chain development in poverty alleviation. “No matter how good or excellent the product is technically, it is nothing if there is no buyer or market. Entrepreneurs are better off knowing what the market needs or wants, and then producing to meet those needs,” Ani stressed.

CARPO Cecilia Reyes of Rizal, PARPO Marilou Baslan of Oriental Mindoro, ARCP Consultant Luz Ani and SARPO Rosemarie de Leon were the resource persons in the five-day activity. (Gefelyn A. Goleng)

Photo 1: Participants were busy assessing their Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies (PECs) as part of the skills needed to perform PBD tasks.

Photo 2: A participant from Occidental Mindoro explains the leveling of expectation.


DAR empowers farmers in Occidental Mindoro

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 6 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 105.33 hectares of agricultural lands, formerly owned by Golden Country Farms Inc., to 175 farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Tayamaan, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said the DAR is there to fight for the farmers’ right to own the lands they till and to help them sustain the lands awarded to them.

“As long as you (farmers) believe that you have rights in your land, fight for it because the DAR is here to help you in your cause. The department will also provide support services to boost your agricultural productivity,” Mariano said.

The DAR also turned over 29 units of shallow tube wells in Barangay Balansay amounting to P6,078,440.  The tube wells would serve 29 farm clusters in 111 hectares.

news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 6 2016Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Luisito Jacinto said these facilities are expected to boost the harvests of the farmer-beneficiaries because their crops would be irrigated sufficiently.

The DAR also inspected the recently rehabilitated farm-to-market road in Barangay Balansay. The P26.43-million road, which stretches 4.39 kilometer, provides the farmer-beneficiaries to transport their harvests with great ease.

“Our Secretary also checked the on-going construction of potable water system to ensure that it will be finished on time. The water system costing P3,635,961 will provide our people in this community a clean and safe water,”  Jacinto said.

news reg 1 pix 3 sept. 6 2016The infrastructure projects are funded under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) implemented through the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) phase III.

Mamburao Mayor Angelina Trias said through the DAR’s intervention, the farmers’ quality of lives greatly improved.  “The infrastructure projects are implemented to sustain the development of our communities,” Trias said.

On the other hand, farmer-beneficiary Anacleto Navarro expressed gratitude to the government for the certificate of land ownership award that he received. “I promise that your effort to give us land will not be wasted. Me and my fellow beneficiaries will make the land more productive because these properties are our hope for a better future,” he said.


Mindoro tillers get land

inquirerAGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, for the first time, has turned over land to farm workers, nine weeks since taking the helm of the office where he used to lead protest rallies.

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DAR raises the value of farmers’ ginger tea product

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is pushing the farmer-members of Magdiwang Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MARC MPC) to raise the quality of their ginger tea to generate extra income and employment for the members of the cooperative.MARC… Read More..
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DAR-MIMAROPA trains new field implementers

TANZA, Cavite— Thirty-eight newly appointed Agrarian Reform Program Officers of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in MIMAROPA Region underwent a five-day training workshop on Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) functions held at the Tanza Oasis… Read More..
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DAR empowers farmers in Occidental Mindoro

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 105.33 hectares of agricultural lands, formerly owned by Golden Country Farms Inc., to 175 farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Tayamaan, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael… Read More..
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Sep 06, 2016 23

Mindoro tillers get land

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, for the first time, has turned over land to farm workers, nine weeks since taking the helm of the office where he used to lead protest rallies. Read More..

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