ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Sept 15 (PIA) — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), through the Calabarzon and Rizal offices, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on September 12 at the DAR-Rizal agrarian reform office, Teresa, Rizal to provide the province’s lead Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBO) with common service facilities in line with the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (Arccess).
The agency prioritizes agrarian reform communities (ARC), which are ready to handle the DAR grant for ARCCESS in terms of equity, DAR-Calabarzon Regional Support Services Division Chief Agrarian Reform Officer (Carpo) Dalangin Ceferina Parel said.
“If we are to provide common service facilities, the ARCs should first be capable to maintain the equipment or provide covered storage rooms for heavy equipment such as tractors,” said Parel.
Parel also said that there will be bidding processes for the facilities and equipment after the MOA signing.
“The bidding processes may take place around September and if approved, the equipment may be delivered from November to December this year or January 2013,” said Parel.
DAR-Rizal Carpo for Development Coordinating Division Cecilia Reyes said that the Rizal ARBOs from Pililia-Jalajala focus on rice, Mahabang Parang-Angono and San Jose-Antipolo on pinakbet vegetables and Daraitan-Tanay on chopsuey vegetables.
In terms of peso value, the MOA allots P4.5 million worth of common service facilities for Antipolo’s Panusugin Farmers’ Association, P3 million for Angono’s Mahabang Parang CLOA Holders Association Incorporated (MPCHAI), P3 million for Jalajala and Pililia’s Alibangbangan Farmers’ Multipurpose Cooperative and P1.5 million for Tanay’s Daraitan ARC Multipurpose Cooperative.
During the MOA signing, Rizal Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Ruben Nepomuceno reminded the ARBOs present that along with the national government’s grant comes a responsibility to use the funds properly.
“We hope that the funds would be used and maximized for the intended purpose which is to help farmers and cooperatives in their livelihood,” said Nepomuceno, “The ARBOs provided with these opportunities are limited due to the equally limited resources of the government. That is why those who are provided with this assistance are very fortunate.”
Lourdes Valeriano of the MPCHAI said the cooperative is thankful to DAR and the national government for the Arccess initiative.
“Even us farmers learn a lot of things to help improve the quality of our farming through these programs.” said Valeriano. (GG-PIA4A)