The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) in coordination with some DOLE regional offices will continue the implementation of the Self Reliant Organization for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP) until 2016.   Six (6) sites are identified for the said project. These are: Region IV-A - Pacheco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Brgy. Pacheco, Magallanes, Cavite; Region VI - Victor U. Lopez Agrarian Reform Association, Brgy. Don Salvador Benedicto, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental and Estela Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Brgy. San Miguel, Negros Occidental; Region VII- Hosanna Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Brgy. Silab, Amlan, Negros Oriental; and Region X- Sibulan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Lopez-Jaena, Misamis Occidental, and Impalotao Dalwangan Sawaga Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

The project aims to develop competencies and organizational strengths through institutional development and management of farm operations of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in selected plantations, to improve farm productivity, and eventually, generate income and employment opportunities in the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs). 

Since its inception in 1990, the project has already provided assistance to 37 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs). They are now operating on their own and positively contributing to the growth and development of their respective communities. 

Given the positive results of the project, the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC), in which the DOLE sits as member, has approved the budget of Php 8.587Million for the 2015 project implementation in the abovementioned areas.  

Related to this, the project site and ARBOs selection was simultaneously conducted by Teams composed of personnel from the BWSC, concerned DOLE Regional Offices, Department of Agrarian Reform, and PARC on July 6-10, 2015 in the provinces of Cavite, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Bukidnon. The result of the regional project site validation was presented to the SRO-CARP National Project Management Team (NPMT) last July 15, 2015, for approval.

The ARBOs endorsed by NPMT shall be the recipients of the SRO-CARP Project interventions for 2015-2016. Assistance shall include capability building trainings in the areas of organizational development and management, entrepreneurship development, project development and management, and agri-business/farm management. The project shall also provide consultancy and advisory services. Support mechanisms shall also be facilitated to link the ARBOs to agencies and cooperatives to address other needs which are not covered by the SRO-CARP project. 

End/ncdominguez/PMTSSD/7/20/2015

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