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ARCCESS: An Exponent of Inclusive Growth in Rural Areas

WEB R12 01Cotabato City – Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio R. de los Reyes believes that Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) is a big help in strengthening the agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOS).

In one of his visits in Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani, Gen. Santos) Region, De los Reyes said the agency can strengthen farmers’ organizations by preparing them to face the future squarely.

”I believe that teaching our farmer-beneficiaries the modern ways in farming, providing them with the necessary farming machines and training them on how to become businessmen, will help make them become successful farmer-entrepreneurs,” said De los Reyes.

ARCCESS is DAR’s strategic intervention to retain the awarded lands of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) through increased production and engagement in agri-based and related enterprises.

The project has five major components which include provision on farm machines for production and processing, agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, credit facilitation, and land tenure improvement.

The project aims to strengthen the ARBOs by building them as hubs of support services in the community to increase household incomes and improve resiliency of ARB households.

“If the farmer-beneficiaries become successful, their successes will contribute in the development of the community. The farmers will in turn pass on what we, at DAR, have taught them to other ARBOs in the community. These are the legacies that we should give to our farmer-beneficiaries,” De los Reyes added.

WEB R12 02On several occasions, DAR XII Regional Director Nasser M. Musali reminded the recipients of various ARCESS projects to be critical in handling the planning and implementation stages because training can either make or break the project.

Musali also emphasized the importance of DAR’s relationship with professional service providers that the agency has contracted to teach ARBs on farming technology, livelihood, entrepreneurship, etc.
“The agency’s relationship with professional services providers goes beyond contracting. It is a partnership between two institutions that advocate to turn ARBs into modern productive farmers, who manage their land and its produce like a professional businessmen,” Musali said.

The Panas Communal Irrigators Association Incorporated (PCIAI) of Esperenza in Sultan Kudarat Province, attests to the big help of the ARCESS in providing them the much-needed farm machines.

“Our members are grateful to DAR because their farm work became lighter and the equipment came at the right time when the demand was high,” PCIAI Secretary Nolasco Ariete said.

In a recent meeting, PCIAI Officers said that they took it upon themselves to hire a technician to teach their members in operating the various farm machines from DAR.

“We were so excited to use them immediately,” Ariete told showing his sweet smile.

All in all, the financial exposure of DAR XII on the project has amounted to P68,286,217.00. (Sara Jane Sinsuat, Regional Information Officer and Anuar Acop, ARCCESS Coordinator)

Photo 1: A farm machine from DAR’s ARCCESS

Photo 2: The PCIAI officers

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