The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province of Sultan Kudarat has turned-over various Information Technology (IT) equipment to five (5) agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) as a means of providing interventions on agri-enterprise development to address poverty, boost beneficiaries’ income, and improve their quality of life.
DAR Sultan Kudarat provincial agrarian reform program officer Mary Jane Aguilar said the IT equipment was provided under the microfinance subcomponent of the DAR – the Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Project (IARCDSP).
Aguilar said that the IT equipment is a means of development for the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBS), as it will provide them with the technological knowledge they need to advance their organization in terms of records keeping and accounting.
“The organizations were also given basic computer literacy training as part of the social infrastructure building (SIB) component of the ARBs’ development sustainability program of the department,” Aguilar said.
DAR-Sultan Kudarat Italian Project microfinance coordinator Helen Joy Abeto said the IT equipment turned over to the 5 ARBOs consists of laptops, desktop computers, smart phones and printers has a total project cost of Php581,131.00.
“The beneficiary ARBOs were Pangulan-Isulan Irrigators Services Association Inc. of Laguilayan ARC, SAMAKANA Multi-purpose Cooperative of Bual ARC, Sitio Lagon Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative of President Quirino - STK ARC, Kalamansig para sa Kalikasan, Kaunlaran at Kalayaan (KPKKK) and New Calinog Women’s Association of LUV Lebak ARC,” added Abeto.
She disclosed that two (2) more ARBOs will receive IT equipment next week under the DAR-Italian Project, namely, the Mapantig Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAPARBEMPCO) of Isulan and Pambansang Mananalon Magbabaul, at Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Inc. (P4MP), of Tacurong ARC.