DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod encouraged government agencies to continue their efforts in rendering support to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) during the recently conducted End of Project Assessment for the Self-Reliant Organization – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP) Project for CY 2015-2016 on April 16 to 17, 2018 at the Ramada Manila Central, Binondo, Manila.
The SRO-CARP Project is a special project of the DOLE in partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Secretariat as its contribution in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. It provides appropriate capacity building measures such as organizational and land management, agribusiness, and enterprise development to enhance the core competencies of farmers and/or plantation workers who are members of ARBOs towards organizational maturity. The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) is the DOLE agency that oversees the management of the said project.
The two-day assessment was participated by representatives from the DOLE Central Office, selected Regional Offices, DAR, Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Secretariat, Community Facilitators, and ARBOs.
“This activity serves as the over-all and final assessment of the performance of the SRO-CARP Project for Y2015-2016, based on targets and accomplishments. Throughout this exercise, we will discern and note the best practices which we hope to replicate in the future SRO-CARP project sites, as well as improve its implementation in the succeeding expansion of the Project”, BWSC Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said on her welcome message.
As intended, the activity became a venue for showcasing the SRO-CARP Project’s impact in developing the competencies of the ARBOs on cooperative, farm, and entrepreneurial management. Six ARBOs, namely Pacheco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (PARC), Victor U. Lopez Agrarian Reform Cooperative (VULARCO), Estela Agrarian Reform Cooperative (EARC), Albiga Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries MPC (AABEMUPUCO), Impalutao Dalwangan Sawaga Agrarian Reform Cooperative (IMDALSA ARC), and Sibula Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIFAMPCO), were evaluated for their organizational performance. Out of the six, PARC in Magallanes, Cavite got the highest rating for their remarkable performance in terms of external relations, commitment to the organization, and social empowerment.
Undersecretary Maglunsod acknowledged that the challenges being faced by the ARBOs in their respective projects should not be disregarded. “Bagama’t malayo na rin ang inyong narating buhat nang magsimula ang Project, marami pa ring mga challenges ang inyong haharapin sa susunod na mga panahon. Patuloy ninyong ipamalas ang inyong mga kakayahan upang sa gayo’y hindi lamang ninyo mai-angat ang antas ng inyong pamumuhay, kundi makapag-ambag rin sa kaunlaran ng inyong komunidad”, Undersecretary Maglunsod shared.
Thus, Undersecretary Maglunsod urged the government agencies present to continue with the provision of assistance to the beneficiaries, for it is crucial to the success of the projects. “Para naman sa ating mga government agencies, patuloy nating suportahan at gabayan ang ating mga ARBOs upang matiyak natin ang tuloy-tuloy na pag-angat ng kanilang kalagayan”, Undersecretary Maglunsod said.
The activity was then concluded with a way forward from Assistant Secretary Maria Gloria A. Tango: “I hope that we will remain steadfast in contributing to the CARP implementation and to the development of our rural communities. May the lessons and insights gained, as well as the challenges identified in this activity, help us to further improve the implementation of this Project”.