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PARC Secretariat leads consultation with agrarian cooperatives

news reg 2 pix 1 nov. 16 2017GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Nov. 14, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat is currently conducting a consultation and feedbacking on farmers’ agribusiness venture agreements (AVA) with their respective investors.

The three-day consultation seeks to discuss with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) the result of the evaluation on their respective AVA contracts.

“Based on the result of the evaluation of their AVAs, we would recommend and suggest to farmers the best options and appropriate directions to take regarding the challenges they are encountering in their contracts,” said PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce.

DAR Public Assistance & Media Relations Director Leomides Villareal welcomed the participants consisted of agrarian cooperative officials, regional and provincial AVA point persons, DAR legal officers and DAR support services staff.news reg 2 pix 2 nov. 16 2017

Villareal said the DAR’s mandate of giving lands to landless farmers to till. “But giving lands is not enough. The DAR is also conducting activities like these to help farmers understand the business contracts that they have entered into.”

“It is important that ARBs and other stakeholders join hands in scrutinizing these AVAs and ensure that farmers’ rights are not violated. The content of the AVA should be just and beneficial to both parties,” Villareal said. (pinky roque)

Photo 1: Public Assistance & Media Relations Director Leomides Villareal welcomes participants to the consultation and feedbacking on farmers’ agribusiness venture agreements.

Photo 2: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Poncen explains the workshop procedures to participants.

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Farmers attend consultation on agri-business contracts

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 16 2017GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Nov. 16, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat led a two-day consultation, feedbacking and workshop with agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVA) to guide them in making sound decisions concerning their AVA with their investors.

Undersecretary David Erro said farmers get abused for not understanding what is contained in their AVAs. He said farmers get involved in onerous contracts because they were not properly guided by the laws and processes in negotiating their AVAs.

“Their lack of understanding of the AVA [laws and regulations] always put them in an unfavorable and disadvantageous position,” explains Erro.

“We want the farmers to understand the provisions contained in their contracts by orienting them to the laws and guidelines of AVAs. After hearing their issues and concerns, this consultation would empower them and their cooperatives with the processes and guide them on what options to take in negotiating for their contracts,” Erro said.

The consultation, feedbacking and workshop were conducted after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who serves as the chairperson of PARC, directed that all AVA contracts involving tenants and landholders must pass through DAR for evaluation and determine if the AVAs are in violation of the 1987 Constitution as well as of agrarian reform laws, rules and regulations.

Acting on that directive, the PARC Secretariat earlier this year conducted an ARB’s forum on the implementation of AVAs. Agrarian cooperatives were requested to submit their AVA contracts for review and evaluation by the DAR.

PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce said after three batches of consultation, feedbacking and workshop, 46 AVA contracts were submitted and evaluated.

“This consultation, feedbacking and workshop is the third activity we handled with ARBOs and agrarian reform beneficiaries after the President made the directive. We presented to them the result of the evaluation of their AVAs submitted in the ARB’s forum. And now after lengthily discussing problems and suggesting possible solutions, they are now armed with enough knowledge to make sound decisions in their AVAs,” Ponce said.

Photo:  DAR Undersecretary David Erro (extreme right) gives recommendations to farmers on how to go about the challeneges they face in their AVAs.

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DAR beneficiaries told to sustain, expand livelihood projects

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 19 2017SURALLAH, South Cotabato – Beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform program were encouraged to develop, sustain and expand the livelihood projects that part of the comprehensive support services they receive from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong spearheaded the distribution of various livelihood projects to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato on Wednesday, October 18.

Bistoyong urged the beneficiaries to take care of the projects, make them sustainable to benefit the other ARBs in the area.

The distribution of livelihood projects was made possible through the joint efforts made by DAR, Pilmico Foods Corporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Aboitiz Foundation.

Bistoyong said the livelihood projects is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) endeavor that DAR entered into to help ARBs augment their income.

A total of nine selected ARBs from three barangays in Surallah received egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal machines and hog dispersal kits.

“Our responsibilities do not end upon receipt of these livelihood projects. We need to ensure their sustainability to benefit the other ARBs,” she pointed out.

An increase of household income of ARBs through livelihood projects will also help end cases where awarded lands are mortgaged or sold, Bistoyong emphasized.

The turnover ceremony was also joined by Apol B. Castro, vice president for corporate strategy and business development of Pilmico; Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita; Director Leomides Villareal of the Public Affairs and Media Relations Service of DAR Central Office; DAR Region 12 Director Nasser M. Musali and other top DAR officials in the region.

In her message, Castro said the aim of the project is to develop and build a purpose-driven community through sustainable livelihood.

She also emphasized that support to ARBs in the area is part of the corporate social responsibility of Pilmico and Aboitiz Equity Ventures under the project “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” which aims to support home-grown products and backyard farmers who aspire to become farmer-entrepreneurs.

Among the recipients present was Gloria Aguilar who expressed gratitude in lieu of her fellow beneficiaries.

Aguilar assured they will take care the projects, sustain and expand to elevate their way of life.news reg 1 pix 2 oct. 19 2017

Mayor Bendita also thanked DAR and Pilmico for choosing the ARBs of Surallah as recipients of the project.

He also expressed full support to the thrusts and programs DAR to help farmers uplift their lives.

Photo 1: DAR Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong (center) together with Apol Castro (left) Pilmico VP for corporate strategy and business development witnessed the signing of the agreement for the release of various livelihood projects to ARBs in a turnover ceremony held on Wednesday, October 18 in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato.

Photo 2: DAR Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong listened as ARB member Gloria Aguilar explained the strategies she will employ to sustain and expand the egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal machines project she received during the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, October 18 in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato. Secretary Bistoyong was joined by DAR-12 Director Nasser M. Musali (right) and other top officials of DAR in the region.

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SoCot farmers receive livelihood projects

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 4 2017NINE Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries from three barangays of Surallah, South Cotabato recently received livelihood projects aimed to help increase their household income through the development and improvement of their business enterprises.

In partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform, Pilmico Foods Corporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc., the farmer-beneficiaries received livelihood projects, which include pig dispersals, egg machines, and technical assistance.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II H. Roldan Ali said the awarding of livelihood projects is realized through a memorandum of agreement signed between DAR, Pilmico and the ARBs.

The aid is part of Pilmico’s “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” Program, which aims to promote sustainable entrepreneurship for backyard farmers and aspiring farmer-entrepreneurs through the promotion of local produce.news reg 1 pix 2 oct. 4 2017

“We are very thankful to Pilmico Company for choosing South Cotabato farmers as beneficiaries of their project. So far, we are the only province in Central Mindanao chosen by the company, and I am hopeful that farmers from other provinces will also benefit from their program,” Ali said.

Gregory Canoy of Pilmico Foods Corporation said their company will continue to monitor and evaluate the progress and development of the program.

The beneficiaries in South Cotabato were identified based on the assessment and validation process of the company, Canoy added.

news reg 1 pix 3 oct. 4 2017“We will make sure to take care of the livelihood project donated by Pilmico as it will surely increase our income and will elevate the lives of our family and our community,” Gloria Aguilar, one of the beneficiaries, said.

Based on the program, each of the beneficiaries will receive three piglets for fattening; two sets egg machines with galvanized cages for ready-to-lay chickens; one month’s worth of feed consumption; and technical assistance from the animal production specialists from Pilmico. (Kathleen D. Sespeñe – Pagayon/DAR-South Cotabato)

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