DAR-ARMM Gears for ARB Congress
(Cotabato City) The Department of Agrarian Reform in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM) will hold the first Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) Congress on September 9 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex here to give a clearer picture on the status of the beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
The Congress will provide an opportunity to gather all development practitioners, private groups, and academe that would contribute in shaping the lives of these beneficiaries. This will also be an avenue for prospect donors to engage themselves in building partnership with the ARBs as well as other institutions or agencies that would support their development.
The ARB Congress aims to provide a platform where they can convey their needs, concerns, issues and plan actions to resolve it and determine the support services from the ARMM Regional Government, their respective local government units, DAR, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and other CARP-implementing partner agencies; to organize the ARB organizations (ARBOs) in the provinces into federation, a mechanism that will assist the DAR provincial offices in consolidating all efforts for the development of their organizations and provide better opportunities; to provide a medium to present CARP situation in the province and plan of action of the ARBOs; to gather data in order to update existing agrarian reform community (ARC) development plans or drafting of it that will be consolidated to formulate the DAR-ARMM Program Beneficiaries Development Plan 2025; and, lastly to serve as venue to distribute certificates of land ownership award or CLOAs to ARBs, and as investment fora or social marketing approach for all development plans for ARCs which the DAR-ARMM drafted.
Consequently, the ARB Congress will be interactive. There will be a participatory and consultative approach among the audience with resource persons and moderators tasked to deliver their respective topics while the participants and guests are given the chance to actively share their views and experiences. A presentation of the plans being crafted by the five ARMM provinces will be one of the highlights of the congress. Eventually, the participants are the ARBOs from the five provinces; DAR national, regional and provincial offices; partner CARP-implementing agencies, specifically CDA-ARMM; the Departments of Agriculture and Fisheries, Social Work and Development, Public Works and Highways, Labor and Employment, Trade and Industry, Environment and Natural Resources, all from ARMM; Land Bank of the Philippines; National Irrigation Administration; civil society organizations; and other stakeholders from the academe and prospect donors.
Hence, the gathering of all ARBs from the five provinces of the ARMM will be the way to make a difference in their lives and unleash their identified needs, issues, and concerns which will be helpful in the society as the DAR strives to do what is best and continues to uphold its mission.
Various interventions are needed to uplift the lives of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) such as construction of farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities, provision of potable water supply, even electricity and credit assistance. The CARP status in the ARMM based on the DAR’s data has made a remarkable accomplishment in terms of land distribution. Seventy percent (70.16%) or a total of 263,563 hectares out of the total scope of 375,853 hectares were distributed to 68,087 farmer-beneficiaries. The challenge that ARMM is now facing is the sustainability of the Program in terms of the provision of support services the ARBs need. (By: Geraldine M. Surbano/Bai Shaharazad S. Lidasan)
DAR Sec. Amihilda Sangcopan discusses with stakeholders the issues and needs of an agrarian reform beneficiary organization.
The ARB provincial conferences conducted around the region, which kicked off in Basilan and concluded in Maguindanao, serve as a prelude to the ARB congress.
ARB conference in Lanao del Sur
Upi Receives 5M Worth of Micro-Enterprise Projects
The local government unit of Upi received eight (8) micro-enterprise projects amounting to five million pesos as part of the bottom-up budget (BuB) program of the Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office (DARPO) - Maguindanao, August 10.
The program is being guided by needs identified at the grassroots level, as it aimed not just at the proper allocation of resources, but also at the substantial reduction of poverty. It also empowers the people from the grassroots level and strengthens the relationship and partnership between government and civic society organizations. This approach includes the development needs of poorest municipalities and cities.
“DAR-Maguindanao has awarded several micro-enterprise projects to this municipality where it could provide opportunities for households to employ themselves and others through entrepreneurship. We appreciate the LGU support of P2-million counterpart for the realization of this project,” DAR Maguindanao provincial agrarian reform officer Hadja Bai Cabayan Bacar said.
Upi Women’s Federation received the projects of motorized (payong-payong) and manual (tri-sikad) tricycles, inland fishery, piggery, cut flowers, organic feeds production, organic chicken production, charcoal briquetting and motor repair shop with three beneficiaries each.
“Most households in Upi lack the capital to start their own businesses. Most of them also lack the technical knowledge to start and successfully run a business. Through these livelihood projects and programs, the people of Upi will have the opportunity to employ themselves. We are very grateful to DAR Maguindanao for awarding this project to us,” Upi Mayor Ramon Piang, Sr. shared. (Mary Lovella L. Lastimosa, Information Officer - DARPO Maguindanao)
Amelita Piang (second from left), president of Upi Women’s Federation, receives the check of five million pesos for the organization from DAR regional office representative Pendatun Mambatawan, DAR Maguindanao PARO Bacar and Upi Mayor Ramon Piang, Sr. (third to fifth from left, respectively).
Pendatun Mambatawan of the DAR-ARMM regional office delivers a message on behalf of Regional Secretary Amihilda Sangcopan.
Project beneficiaries are settlers, Moro, and indigenous people from the barangays of Kinitaan, Renede, Rempes (Lahangkeb), Ranao Pilayan, Rifao, Ganasi, Mirab and Sefegefen.
DAR–ARMM Implements Value-Adding Projects in ARCs Around The Region
(Cotabato City) The Second Agrarian Reform Community Projects (ARCP2), a foreign-assisted project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), will enhance its support to a major activity in the development and marketing of value chain adding enterprises in the different agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in ARMM. A contract was inked with Roberto Ma. Arquiza in a meeting with DAR specialists last Wednesday, August 5 at the Department’s regional office here. He will serve as regional value chain development specialist.
This value-adding projects involves partnership with professional business development service provider with expertise on product design branding and marketing to extend technical support in enhancing the existing agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) products in the ARCs. Support includes technical assistance, design, packaging and labeling innovations for products of five identified ARB organizations.
ARCP 2 agricultural enterprise development consultant Luz Ani said, “the value-adding program will increase the productivity of an enterprise and will open more opportunities for the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in terms of employment and market linkages.”
“With the development of these enterprises with value-adding to their products, it will put them at par with other competitive enterprises in the world market,” procurement specialist Romeo Maningas said.
ARB organizations benefitting from this program are Modern Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Taliogon ARC, Ganassi, Lanao del Sur for a medium-scale turmeric-based tea project for P406,200; Matilak Production Marketing Cooperative, in Matilak ARC, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao for rice-duck integration with value adding worth P493,750; Sta. Clara Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative in Sta. Clara, Lamitan City, Basilan for the enhancement of value-adding for coffee production and marketing at P468,000; People’s Alliance for Progress Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Sultan Jamalul Kiram ARC, in Panamao, Sulu for value adding for civet coffee enterprise funded at P464,500; and Kasambuhan Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Simunul Economic Entrepreneur in Baguid ARC, Simunul, Tawi-tawi for the enhancement of organic dried hot pepper processing, packaging, labeling, and marketing worth P400,000.
Specialists discuss the work plan with the business development service provider who will extend his technical expertise in the enhancement of ARC products.
Agricultural enterprise development consultant Luz Ani facilitates the orientation for the business development service provider and the contract signing.