At least seven government agencies and nine local government units have crafted a convergence plan to benefit farmer-members of 113 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Sarangani and General Santos City, according to the Department of Agrarian Reform.
Mariannie Baunto, DAR-Soccsksargen director, said DAR has partnered with the Cooperative Development Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Trade and Industry to provide essential support services to the agrarian reform beneficiaries.
The thrust is in line with the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Secretary Conrado Estrella III to improve the livelihood of the farºmers nationwide by providing them with different support services, such as farm machinery, farm inputs, agricultural technologies and training skills.
“These agencies have committed to sharing their resources to help u lift the lives of our farmers and pr mote sustainable development in the countryside,” she said.
Those that participated were the provincial government of Sarangani, General Santos City, and municipal LGUs of Sarangani, Alabel, Glan, Kiamba, Maasim, Malapatan and Malungon.
The nine LGUs underscored the significant contributions of DAR for the realization of the project, and committed to back the convergence plan.
They gave the assurance of their full cooperation in delivering the support services to their constituents.