To support the existing rattan processing business and boost the livelihood of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over a rattan processing facility with a total cost of Php550,000.00 to an ARB organization (ARBO) in the town of Medina, province of Misamis Oriental.
A total of 106 farmer-members from Mananum Daan Star CARP MPC (MANDASMUPCO), a DAR-assisted ARBO located at Mananum Daan, in this town, is expected to produce more rattan products through the facility.
Rattans are climbing palms and a type of slender wood that is flexible and can be used in furniture production and other weaving purposes.
DAR-Misamis Oriental Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Maybelle Alcala said the facility would improve the rattan makers’ working area and would help them increase their production.
“The DAR is not just focused on land distribution, we also provide support services to our ARBs. Through this facility, they could upgrade their productions that could help in uplifting their economic lives,” Alcala said.
The provision of the facility is being implemented under the DAR’s Village Level Farm Focused Enterprise Development (VLFED) project which aims to establish a sustainable income-generating project in rural areas.
Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Arsenio Ladera, the cooperative officers, and local government representatives were also present during the turnover ceremony of the facility.