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DAR-Sarangani reinforces skills of IP group on farm entrepreneurship

news reg 2 pix 1 may 1 2018GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Sarangani province recently launched the Farm Business School (FBS) which aims to improve the entrepreneurial and management skills of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the area.

A total of 60 B’laan farmer-beneficiaries registered to the 25-session FBS in Sitio B’lat, Barangay Amsipit, Maasim town in Sarangani.

B’laans are among the dominant Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Sarangani province where most of their ancestral domains are situated.

Toni Saliman, the tribal chieftain asked his fellow farmers to unite and avail the FBS program as it unlocks many opportunities in the future.

During the launching program, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Felix C. Frias told the participants, “The smallholder farmers and indigenous people will no longer be vulnerable when they seek knowledge and apply them. The education acquired in FBS will help them become competitive and prepare for business opportunities”.

Targeted as the main competency of the FBS program is that farmers will learn and practice how to regard their farming as an enterprise and making the over-all farm operations profitable and market driven.

Municipal Agriculturist Susan B. Baya said that through FBS, the minds of the IP farmers will be opened and boost their confidence in transforming their farm as a business enterprise with stronger linkages to markets.news reg 2 pix 2 may 1 2018

“One salient feature of FBS is the clustering approach in agro-enterprise.  From production to marketing, farmers are grouped to increase their capacity to negotiate collectively to establish markets”, Baya added.

Meanwhile, OIC Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Romeo Rellin said that FBS is important to equip the ARBs in preparation for future challenges. 

Rellin also told the farmers that once they apply their learnings, they are no longer simple farmers but farmer-entrepreneurs, an occupation which their children can be proud of.

As a response, Nathy Daniel the president of B’lat Farmers Association thanked the government for considering their organization as a recipient of FBS. 

“Sa kadaghang gihatag nga assistance ug training sa atoa, walay pagduha duha nga muasenso ta labi na gitudluan ta’g pagnegosyo (No doubt that we will prosper given the various assistance we received from the government and this farm business school)”, Daniel said.

Complementing the soil and climate in the area, the group selected Corn Production as their agricultural enterprise.  Accordingly, the IP farmers will be divided into two groups and will have separate sessions per week. The FBS is expected to be completed in October. 

news reg 2 pix 3 may 1 2018Intensification of support programs and services to ARBs is among the priorities of DAR under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones.

Aside from the fast-tracking of the distribution of land titles, it is the mandate of President Duterte to enhance the capabilities of ARBs through their organizations and cooperatives to improve their farm productivity and entrepreneurial skills through seminars and trainings.

In the entirety of the newly-launched FBS program in Sarangani province, DAR will be working hand in hand with the local and barangay government units in the area. 

Ms. Kristine Joy C. Carriedo and Ms. Lorna S. Acanto of the ARBDSP Division of DAR Sarangani will facilitate the said activity.  (A. Torino DAR Sarangani)

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DAR, Italian agency turn over support projects to Sarangani ARC

news reg 2 pix 1 april 26 2018GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A farm-to-market road (FMR), solar dryers and potable water system were recently turned over by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to the local government of Alabel, Sarangani under the DAR Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP).

DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Sylvia F. Mallari said two FMRs and 10 solar dryers were constructed in two Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in the area.

The two ARCs include the KAWAS ARC that covers Barangay Kawas and the BATODO ARC which comprises the villages of Baluntay, Tokawal and Domolok, all in Alabel town.

Mallari said the project will directly benefit around 3,450 households in said barangays.

An expansion of the potable water system (Level 2) in Kawas ARC was also opened that will benefit 804 households in the area.

Mallari expressed her deep gratitude to the people of Alabel for the opportunity they have given to serve them.news reg 2 pix 2 april 26 2018

“Seeing the projects, it is what the people really need, convey the spirit of true service, and it is the reason why DAR is there for them”, she said.

In his message during the turn-over ceremony, DAR- IARCDSP Chief Technical Advisor Carlo de Rosa attributed the success of Italian peace projects in ARCs on the cooperation among various players.

Implementation of IARCDSP projects, he added, has truly reached its intended beneficiaries.

The local government of Alabel, through Mayor Vic Paul M. Salarda extended gratitude as he accepted the DAR-IARCDSP projects.

Salarda also urged his constituents to take care of the project in such a way that the future generations will enjoy them.

news reg 2 pix 3 april 26 2018Lombo Callalo, 71 years old and a resident of Sitio Datal Mutag, Brgry. Domolok thanked the government for the 450 square-meter solar dryer which will benefit the purely farming community by reducing post-harvest losses.


“Dugay na mi naghandum ug solar dryer, kalipay namong dako kay niabot ang DAR, Italian (We have been hoping to have a solar dryer for a long time.  We are so grateful through DAR, Italian [agency] that we finally got one)”, said Rogel Malayon, Purok Chairman of Sitio Datal Conde, Domolok.

Strengthening of ARCs through the provision of support projects and services is among the thrusts of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Engr. Anuar P Acop, the National Project Coordinator of DAR-IARCDSP emphasized that as project implementers, they get satisfaction and happiness upon seeing its positive impacts on the lives of the beneficiaries.news regl 2 pix 4 april 26 2018

Of the ₱20 million total project cost, Engr. Rosemarie M. Baladiang DAR-IARCDSP Community Infrastructure Development Support (CIDS) coordinator explained that 50% came from DAR-IARCDSP while the other 50% was derived from the Local Government Unit of Alabel, Sarangani.

The newly turned over projects were under the phase 1 of the DAR-IARCDSP.  Another batch under the phase 2 of infrastructure projects worth ₱70 million will be constructed and eventually turned-over in the area next year. (Agnes R. Torino, DAR-Sarangani)

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DAR hands over P1.5 M post-harvest facilities to farmer groups in North Cotabato

news reg 2 pix 1 april 17 2018Libungan, North Cotabato – Five farmer organizations in Libungan town recently received corn post-harvest facilities with a combined value of P1,590,000 through the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD), a foreign-assisted project under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Eduardo Suaybaguio, MinSAAD Project Manager, identified the five Peoples’ Organizations (POs) as Palao Farmers’ Association, Kitubod Farmers’ Association, Kiloyao MRDP-CFAD Consortium, Cabpangi MRDP-CFAD Consortium, and Sinapangan Farmers’ Association.

Each of the four farmer groups received one unit corn sheller amounting to P120,000 while the Palao Farmers’ Association, as the lead PO, received the one unit corn mill, one unit corn sheller, one unit weighing scale, and one unit moisture tester with a combined amount of P1,110, 000 million under the corn production, processing, and marketing sub-project of DAR-MinSAAD.

“The provision of these facilities will surely help more than 250 corn farmers toiling more or less 2,030 hectares. Aside, from these facilities, DAR-MinSAAD also ensures that recipients are consciously and organizationally prepared to accept, implement and sustain the projects given to them,” Suaybaguio said.

In his message, Suaybaguio reiterated that DAR-MinSAAD has extended the best way to capacitate the recipient organizations to be critically aware and meticulous in accepting the equipment that adheres to the specifications of the project.

He further said, “POs should manage the project well to generate more income and to buy additional units of corn shellers and other equipment to cater more farmers in their respective areas and adjacent barangays.”

Strengthening of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) is among the priorities of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.news reg 2 pix 2 april 17 2018

President Duterte recognized the role farmers on food security, thus, the government, especially the DAR, will not only focus on emancipating them from the bondage of tenancy but also provide them with support programs and services.

Christopher Cuan, Libungan Municipal Mayor is thankful to DAR for choosing their municipality as a partner in the implementation of the MinSAAD project.

“Finally, the project has been realized and I appreciated those who extended their efforts in making this project a reality for our farmers. This project is a big help to the farmers and to the whole community who depend on their living on corn farming,” Cuan said.

Mayor Cuan reminded the POs to be responsible for managing the projects given by DAR-MinSAAD and other government agencies because these projects come from the government to alleviate their lives from poverty.

He also assured DAR that the local government unit of Libungan is also working its best to implement projects that support and corresponds to the need of the community such as farm to market road to provide better and greater accessibility especially in the delivery of agricultural services and ecotourism.

news reg 2 pix 3 april 17 2018Meanwhile, after receiving the turn-over certificate, Pedro Bayog of Palao FA expressed his gratitude to DAR-MinSAAD and LGU Libungan for the assistance in the form of corn post-harvest facilities.

“In behalf of the recipients’ POs, we commit to manage and sustain the project to the best that we can. We will try hard to make these facilities as instruments to improve our lives and the community,” Bayog said.

The recently turned-over project was part of the Php4.7 million corn post-harvest facilities under the corn production, processing and marketing sub-project of the DAR-MinSAAD project for five peoples’ organization in Libungan, North Cotabato. [Rodel D. Orejudos. ARPO I/PIO Designate]

Photo 1: Project Manager Eduardo Suaybaguio inspects the output of corn sheller during the test run of the equipment.

Photo 2: The five association presidents sign the certificate of acceptance and turn over. Standing as witnesses were (R-L) Chairman on Committee on Agriculture Jims Fullecido, Hon. Mayor Christopher Cuan, Municipal Agriculturist Efren Corotan, and DAR-MinSAAD Project Manager Eduardo Suaybaguio, OIC-MARPO Angelito Hetrosa, and DAR MinSAAD M&E Specialist Virgilio Bacus.

Photo 3: The Five Association Presidents of the five participating ARB Organizations holding the certificate of acceptance and turn-over on the post-harvest facilities they received from DAR-MinSAAD.

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DAR brings farm business school to Koronadal

news reg 1 pix 1 april 12 2018Koronadal City - To equip farmers with the right set of knowledge and skills needed to make their farms more profitable, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched Farm Business School (FBS) program in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

According to facilitator Leidenep M. Yecla, a total of 55 student-farmers from two Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organization (ARBOs) in the area were registered to participate in the four-month-long activity.

Yecla identified the ARBOs as the Barangay Magsaysay Farmers’ Association (BMFA) and Barangay Magsaysay Womens’ Association (BMWA).

He added that it is the 5th farmers’ school launched by DAR in the province of South Cotabato.

At the launching ceremony, BMFA President Adonis Dollente expressed gratitude and excitement for being able to avail of the knowledge and benefits that FBS will bring to their organization.

Likewise, on behalf of BMWA, President Marilyn Barungan committed to complete the 25-session activity and promised to share the learning with other members of their community.

Koronadal City Agriculture Officer Millet Miguel said that the local government will give its full support to the project and challenged the participants to actively engage in the project.news reg 1 pix 2 april 12 2018

Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARPO) Melba Galvan encouraged the participants to learn new and innovative ways of improving their livelihood.

FBS is a collaborative effort by DAR and its partner agencies, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Local Government Unit of Koronadal.

The program serves as a venue that brings the government and farmers together to carry out a collective and collaborative inquiry to address business and marketing problems and opportunities. 

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Region XII News

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May 01, 2018 67

DAR-Sarangani reinforces skills of IP group on farm…

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Sarangani province recently launched the Farm Business School (FBS) which aims to improve the entrepreneurial and management skills of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the area. A total… Read More..
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Apr 26, 2018 71

DAR, Italian agency turn over support projects to Sarangani…

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A farm-to-market road (FMR), solar dryers and potable water system were recently turned over by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to the local government of Alabel, Sarangani under the DAR Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform… Read More..
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DAR hands over P1.5 M post-harvest facilities to farmer…

Libungan, North Cotabato – Five farmer organizations in Libungan town recently received corn post-harvest facilities with a combined value of P1,590,000 through the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD), a… Read More..
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DAR brings farm business school to Koronadal

Koronadal City - To equip farmers with the right set of knowledge and skills needed to make their farms more profitable, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched Farm Business School (FBS) program in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.According… Read More..