This developed after the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the DAR and the PSPs on Agri-Extension Services (AES), Business Management Services (BMS) and Progress and Process Monitoring (PPM) under the Department’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program.
DAR-7 regional director Stephen Leonidas challenged the service providers to improve the lives of the beneficiaries.
Leonidas explained that under ARCCESS projects, partnership would help ARCCESS beneficiaries undertake and manage effectively their agri-enterprises.
DAR provides support services that will help the ARBs become viable entrepreneurs. The BDS is the capability building and technical assistance component that will help ARBs enterprises, and in their farm management and business operations.
Leonidas said the projects are under the ARCCESS program with contract price of P4.156 million to provide Agri-Extension Services for the six leading ARBOs in Bohol and P4.625 million for the 17 other ARBOs in Negros Oriental.
Leonidas said Siliman University would provide business development services with contract price of P6.93 million for 17 ARBOs in Negros Oriental and First Consolidated Cooperative Along Seaboards in Tañon Strait (FCCT) as service provider with P3.51 million contract price for six ARBOs in Bohol and P4.74 million for nine ARBOs in Cebu.
Leonidas added that Infoshare Management would implement the Progress and Process Monitoring (PPM) projects systems with a contract price of P1.698 million for 6 sub-projects for 6 lead ARBOs in Bohol.
The All -Asian Centre for Enterprise Development Inc. (ASCEND Inc.) with a contract price of P2.52 million for 8 sub-projects for 9 lead ARBOs in Cebu.
Ateneo de Davao thru its Institute for Socio Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI) for a contract price P4.052 million for 12 sub-projects for 17 ARBOs in Negros Oriental and P.963 million for 3 sub-projects for 10 lead ARBOs in Siquijor. (mbcn/PIA-7/with reports from Dir. Erlinda M. Manluctao/DAR)