Seven (7) government agencies and nine (9) local government units (LGUs) have crafted a convergence plan that would benefit the agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) members belonging to 113 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Sarangani and General Santos City.
Mariannie S. Lauban-Baunto, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Soccsksargen Director, said the agency had joined forces with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who all agreed to provide essential support services to the ARBs in the area.
Baunto said that this event is in line with the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., to DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III, to improve the livelihood of the farmers throughout the country by providing them with different support services such as farm machinery, farm inputs, agricultural technologies, and training, among others.
“These agencies have committed to sharing their resources to help uplift the lives of our farmers and promote sustainable development in the countryside,” she said.
The representatives who presented their programs and projects that would benefit the ARBs in the area include Doreen Ancheta, CDA Regional Director; Elisa Gabi, PCA Regional Director; Jocelyn Misterio, DA Regional Director; Forester Nabil A. Hadji Yassin, DOST Acting Provincial Director; Karen Cariga, DENR Supervising Ecosystems Management Specialist; and Hazel Daze Flores, DTI Development Specialist.
Representatives from the 9 LGUs acknowledged the significant contributions of the DAR for the realization of the project, as they commit to support the convergence plan and assured the agencies involved of their support in delivering the support services to their respective constituents.
The LGUs include the provincial government of Sarangani, General Santos City, and municipal LGUs of Sarangani, Alabel, Glan, Kiamba, Maasim, Malapatan, and Malungon.