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Jails Tap Agrarian Reform Coops to Supply Agricultural Produce

Posted June 03, 2022


The Bureau of Jail Management & Penology and the Department of Agrarian Reform ink a deal for Agrarian Reform Co-operatives to supply agricultural products to jails.

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (PIA) – The Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have inked an agreement where agrarian reform cooperatives (ARCs) will supply agricultural products to jails.

The Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) in Western Visayas is one of the banner programs of the Inter-Agency Task Force Zero Hunger, created under Executive Order No. 101, which DAR entered into partnership with the BJMP for the sourcing of agricultural products from the agrarian reform beneficiaries for the consumption of the Persons Deprived of Liberty.

DAR Support Services Office Assistant Secretary Atty. Milagros Isabel Cristobal, who spoke at the Project Documentation and Validation of ARBOs at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, said the objectives of EPAHP Program can be achieved by tapping more Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) and partner agencies to forge marketing agreements.

Cristobal urged the DAR provincial offices to convince more ARB cooperatives and district jails in the region to forge or renew marketing agreement relative to program implementation.

“EPAHP merits continuity in order to attain growth and sustainability and our ARBOs and partner agencies played a vital role for the full realization of the project’s objectives,” Cristobal said.

Marketing of agricultural produce has been one of the challenges for ARCs.  EPAHP provides the ARCs a ready market.

Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director Lucrecia Taberna commended the EPAHP implementation in Region VI which started in 2017 but was fully implemented in October 14, 2020 covering all the provinces in Region VI after the signing of MOU between the agency through the Department of Agrarian Reform – Region VI and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and various ARBOs.

“Forty-four (44) ARBOs, more or less, are now engaging under the said project benefitting more than 1,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Western Visayas. These include, 6 ARBOs in Aklan, 9 in Antique, 1 in Capiz, 2 in Guimaras, 6 in Iloilo, 15 in northern part of Negros Occidental and 5 in south Negros Occidental,” Taberna added.

Since the implementation of the program, DAR recorded the highest marketing sales in 2021, amounting to Php 3.26 Million.

However, due to typhoon Odette and the COVID-19 pandemic, the crops of ARBOs were affected resulting to huge losses in terms of income.

From more than P3.2 million, ARBOs were able to generate income of P283,054.  That is a devastating drop of 91.33% as of March 25, 2022.

DAR6 regional director lawyer Sheila Enciso, in order to help the ARBOs,  has assured the ARBOs that the agency would remain supportive to the needs of the organizations, wherein, DAR explores all possible interventions or support services including the creation of various linkages or partnerships with public and private agencies that are willing to patronize ARBO products.

Since 2006, the NATCCO Network supports ARCs through its Microfinance Innovations in Cooperatives (MICOOP Program) that provides farmers with training in co-op management and operations, information technology, advocacy, and financing.

May 31, 2022

By Easter Anne Doza


 (AAL/EAD/PIA6 Negros Occidental)


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