Forty-five (45) participants actively took part in the Assessment and Planning Workshop for the Self-Reliant Organization-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP) Project held on September 26-27, 2016 at the Apple Tree and Resort, Opol, Misamis Oriental. The participants consisted of concerned DOLE Regional/provincial heads and staff, representatives from DOLE Central Office, Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)–Support Services Office, Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development, and DAR Regional/Provincial/Municipal heads and Development Facilitators.

Some representatives from partner Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) Organizations in six project sites also participated in this event. These ARBs include Pacheco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association in Cavite, Victor U. Lopez Agrarian Reform Association and Estela Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Negros Occidental, Albiga Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association in Negros Oriental, Sibulan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Misamis Occidental, and Impalotao Dalwangan Sawaga Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Bukidnon.

The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) through the Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division facilitated the conduct of said activity. It serves as venue to review and assess project’s performance for CY 2015 and January to June 2016; reformulate plans for second semester of CY 2016; and generate solutions to address operational issues and problems encountered by the regional offices and community facilitators in the implementation of SRO-CARP Project.

The SRO-CARP aims to develop sustainable and independent ARBs through building competencies in cooperative management, farm productivity and enterprise development that would enable them to contribute to poverty alleviation and rural community development.

BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba said that the activity is a great opportunity for the participants to share and learn from each other experiences in the field, draw insights and provide recommendations on how to further improve the project operations. We need to continuously develop the capabilities of these ARBs, so they can be effective partners in community development, Director Satumba further remarked.   

Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod in his message said, “Mula noong 1990, ang SRO-CARP ay nagsisilbing pangunahing kontribusyon ng DOLE bilang isa sa mga ahensiyang kabilang sa PARC na naatasang tutukan ang pagpapatupad ng CARP. Ito rin ay isa sa mga programa ng ahensiya na nakatuon sa pag-ahon ng mga maralitang magsasaka mula sa kahirapan. Nais ng DOLE na ituon ang serbisyo nito sa paghubog at paglinang ng kasanayan ng mga agrarian reform beneficiaries.”

“Ang workshop na ito ay magsisilbing isang tulay upang pag-ugnayin ang ibat-ibang ahensiya at stakeholders sa pagpapaigting ng implementasyon ng programa. Ang aktibidad na ito ay magiging daan upang ating marinig ang mga representate mula sa mga ARBOs tungkol sa kasalukuyang implementatsyon ng SRO Project sa kanilang lugar. Lagi nating alalahanin ang tunay na layunin sa pagsasagawa ng ganitong programa, ang tulungan ang mga Pilipino tungo sa kaunlaran”, Usec. Maglunsod further remarked.

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