MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, March 3 -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon provincial office and Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (NAMARCO) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) project.
Roderico Bioco, President of Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BKCCI) and its board of trustees, witnessed the MOA signing at the DTI Bukidnon Business Resource Center in Malaybalay City.
DTI provincial director Ermedio J. Abang said the project will benefit hundreds of pineapple farmers and coop members in town.
He said DTI will help the cooperative through the provision of processing and manufacturing tools needed to increase their productivity.
NAMARCO is engaged in pineapple-based processing project in San Nicolas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon. Majority of its members are beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program or CARP of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
In the MOA, DTI will validate the capabilities of the cooperative and determine the factors that would help improve production and eventually increase the organization’s income.
NAMARCO will also strongly uphold the new collaboration that will benefit the communities in the implementation of the project with total approved amount of P84,000.
The SSF is a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative which is being implemented through private sector partners who can provide facilities to house the machinery and equipment.
It is implemented by the government through DTI to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), particularly those in the countryside, to help them in their production of goods and allow them to compete with other businesses, Abang said.