A memorandum of undertaking was signed among the Department of Agrarian Reform Negros Occidental 1, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, and the Federation of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative in North Negros to provide farmers with comprehensive accounting and bookkeeping trainings.
Simultaneously, the blessing and soft opening of the federation’s coffee shop “The Cubbyhole”, was held in the principal office of FARBCONN in Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City that offers varieties of coffee from around the country.
The MOU that was presented by DAR assistant regional director Antonio del Socorro, states that all parties agreed to provide concerted support to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries-Organizations and Development Facilitators appropriate extension services, capacity development, training activities, and other relevant intervention.
Partnership and linkages with other agencies and institutions are among the key strategies in the integral development of ARBOs to address the limited resources of the government, and tap the financial and expert resources of other institutions, like CHMSC, to develop the ARBOs towards economic, political, socio-cultural, and ecological viability.
DAR Negros Occidental 1 OIC-PARPO II Teresita Mabunay said the successful implementation of the program does not end with land distribution to the farmers. It should be sustained in order to promote development of agrarian reform beneficiaries by providing them livelihood assistance, improve their economic status, and increase agricultural productivity and income.
DAR cannot do this alone as this requires establishing partnership and linkages with other agencies, civil society organizations, and state universities and colleges that are very much qualified to provide capacity building trainings to farmer-beneficiaries.
FARBCONN, which was represented by its chairman, Alexander Canto, expressed their appreciation to the establishment of the federation. He also encouraged other ARBOs in north Negros to convert themselves into registered coops to affiliate with the federation and to avail of its services and other benefits.
Janet Espinosa, CHMSC vice president for Research, Extension Community, and Training Services, who attended on behalf of CHMSC president Renato Sorolla, thanked the group for choosing and collaborating with them in providing capacity enhancement trainings for farmers.
DAR 6 director Stephen Leonidas, in his message during the event, said that ARB organizations in Negros Occidental - North and South, have already been federated. He said this is in line with the department’s relentless effort towards the resiliency and sustainability of ARBO.*
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