ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – More has been done to help local entrepreneurs as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) pooled their resources in delivering support services to agrarian reform areas in Sultan Kudarat province, officials said. Rodolfo Alburo, provincial agrarian reform program officer II in Sultan Kudarat said, this is realized in the DAR-DTI synchronized plan for 2015 which they used in helping the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the rural sector.
The DAR-DTI synchronized plan focused on capability enhancement, value adding, and product and market development intended for various agrarian reform beneficiary organizations in the towns of Bagumbayan, Senator Ninoy Aquino, President Quirino, Lambayong, Lebak, Columbio, Esperanza and Palimbang, the official said.
“About 502 individuals benefited from the said joint endeavor. Three hundred of them were agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs),” said Alburo.
Several activities were implemented under the DAR-DTI synchronized plan for 2015 which aimed to promote and develop micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the rural sector.
Mary Joy Labanero, DAR point person for DAR-DTI partnership also said, trainings on good manufacturing practices (GMP) for productivity enhancement were conducted in Lebak and Bagumbayan.
“The training enhanced the awareness of participants on proper handling and processing of their food products,” Labanero said.
She added that alongside GMP training was also the processing of documentary requirements for Food and Drugs Administration License to Operate (FDA-LTO) registration of MAFACGA (Masiag Farmers and Coffee Growers Association) of Bagumbayan town.
Moreover, value chain analysis in rubber production was also conducted which resulted to the identification of problems encountered by rubber growers and producers, especially the discouraging price and poor quality of rubber cup lumps.
Also conducted were capability enhancement seminars and workshops such as strategic planning, financial literacy and organizational strengthening.
Said trainings developed and enhanced the managerial and entrepreneurial capabilities of the beneficiaries to efficiently and effectively manage their respective organizations, projects and businesses.
Aside from trainings, seminar and workshops, several market promotions and development activities were also facilitated under the plan.
These include selling missions, participation in trade fairs and market matching that resulted to cash and booked sales of Php 0.30-M for the ARBOs and continuing orders of 2 schools and 2 restaurants in Isulan town.
Felisa A. Sinobago, Officer-in-Charge of DTI Sultan Kudarat, said it is crucial that inter-agency collaborations is being undertaken to fully maximize the effectiveness of the interventions as well as strengthen links with other government agencies.
She added that as public servant, one should sincerely push for the improvement of the lives of our clients by working together. (AC Agad PIA12 with JKDavid-DAR-SK)