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Showing off their land titles were the farmer beneficiaries awarded with their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA). Seated center (left to right) were Gutalac Vice Mayor Herminio Jamandron, Mayor Onesimo Coma Jr., PARPO II Mohammad Dassan J. Adju and DF Rogelio Undap.
DAR distributes titles for 126 hectares of land to 68 farmers in Zambo Norte
HE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) covering 125.6651 hectares of land to 68 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Buenavista, Matunoy, and Lux in the town of Officer II Mohammad Dassan Adju, said that Gatalac. 113.0400 hectares of the total land area PARPO Adju said the remaining areas of distributed are located in barangays 12.6 hectares are located in the barangays of
Lawigan and La union, Labason municipality. Adju, who was joined by Gutalac Mayor Onesimo Coma Jr., led the distribution of the CLOAs to the ARB beneficiaries. He said the awarding of lands to the ARB-beneficiaries was only the first step toward true agrarian reform, citing they need to cultivate and make the lands productive, in a way that will improve their way of life. Coma expressed gratitude to DAR for helping his constituents own the land they had been tilling. He said the distribution of land titles was a manifestation of DAR’s commitment to help alleviate the lives of the ARBs.He advised the ARB-beneficiaries to never sell and consider the lands as their greatest possession. The distribution of land titles, which was held at the town hall of Gutalac, was witnessed by Chief for Operations Marcelino Soropia, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Ranroy Credo, Development Facilitator Rogelio Undap and Vice Mayor Herminio Jamandron.
ConVERGE DAR Launches Project THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched a rural development project that seeks to increase the income and productivity of farmers in Western and Northern Mindanao and CARAGA. According to DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Herman Ongkiko said the project called Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development (ConVERGE) aims to reduce poverty incidence and the vulnerability of farmers through crop diversification and processing of raw materials, either as semi-finished or finished products to increase farm income, productivity and competitiveness of farmers.” The P2.3-billion project ConVERGE is a
flagship project of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. “Specifically, ConVERGE project aims to promote sustainable livelihood activities based on key commodities of Mindanao regions, such as rice, rubber, coffee and cassava among others,” Ongkiko said. Ongkiko added that more than 300,000 smallholder farmers would be elevated to a higher level of development by assisting and guiding them in terms of product development and market linkage. Projects under ConVERGE will be implemented in 11 agrarian reform community clusters in the provinces of Regions 9 (Zamboanga Penin-
sula), 10 (Northern Mindanao) and 13 (CARAGA). For the success of the six-year implementation of the project, IFAD South-East Asia Manager Mr. Benoit Thierry urged the implementers to have the commitment for the program and to learn and improve from every experience they would gain. Assisting the DAR in project ConVERGE are the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Mindanao Development Authority, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the local government units. The launch of Project ConVERGE was held at Pryce Plaza Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City last January 21.
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DAR empower farmers through Farmer Field School THE HARMFUL and damaging effects of El Nino to crops is going heavy yet some farmers in Zamboanga Sibugay sees no problem with it after they have proven that patience and hard work beats whatever distress brought about by climate. Last February 8, 2016, a graduation rite was held for the ten agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Naga, this province, who bravely took the challenge to participate in the 2nd Batch of Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on High Value Vegetable Production using the Natural Farming System Technology initiated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the East West Seeds, Inc. and the Local Government Unit of Naga. Uncertain whether their undertaking be a success or a failure due to the scorching summer heat, the proud graduates finally survived and marched to receive their desired certificates of completion after they have finished the trainings and acquired the necessary skills and learnings. Implemented under the Agri-enterprise Development component of Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP), The Farmers’ Field School is a six month training program where organic farming and proven agricultural practices are taught to farmers. Atty. Judith Patriarca-Mantos, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program
Officer II of Zamboanga Sibugay said that the intervention is part of the support services extended by DAR to its ARBs. “The intervention will help the farmer-beneficiaries earn additional income for their families”, Mantos said. “The project is also a complementation to the DSWD’s feeding program for day care pupils under the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) program implemented by DAR”, she added. Last year, 30 ARBs from said town are also recipients of the same intervention given by DAR. Prior to the graduation ceremony, a harvest festival was held where the involved farmers, together with some DAR officials, harvested the vegetable products and sold it before the interested buyers. Graciano Antiquina, the Top one of the class, shared in his testimony the hardships he has gone through during the implementation of the program. He recalled that he started planting since last week of November but as early as January, some of his vegetables were already harvestable. “Since January, I already sold more than 100 kilos of my organic vegetable products, hence, I am already earning income out of it since then”, Antiquina proudly said. Twenty-five public school teachers from the different parts of Naga town likewise adopted the technology taught by East West who, like the ten
The graduates with DAR, Dep Ed, MLGU and BLGU officials.
PARPO II Mohammad Dassan J. Adju (center) took the lead in advancing organic farming practices in Zamboanga del Norte. With him are the other DAR officials, LGU and East West representatives and the farmer graduates
farmers, also marched to receive their certificates for their participation in the FFS. Also in attendance during the simultaneous harvest festival and graduation activities were PBDD Chief Anthony Teves, MARPO Flordie Bagundol, PMAO Carol Marohumadil, PAHP Point Person Marilou Acedo and some barangay, municipal, DepEd and coop officials. Meanwhile sixteen agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) in Zamboanga del Norte are now proud graduates of the Farmers’ Field School (FFS). The 16 ARBS completed the 1st batch of 28 graduates. The new graduates are now certified skilled organic vegetable producers, using organic fertilizers and pesticides. They received their certificate of participation on Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on High Value Vegetable Production using Natural Farming Systems Technology held in Barangay Sangkol, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. This is a project of the Department of Agrarian Reform –Agrarian Reform Communities Project (DAR-ARCP2) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Dipolog City (LGU) and East West Seed Company Inc. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Mohammad Dassan J. Adju said during the graduation rites
that the rising cost of vegetables encouraged farmers to engage in vegetable production. It made the farmers find ways and means to improve production technology through the FFS six-module training program of DAR to attain higher vegetable yield. DAR-ARCP2 has allocated a total of P378, 000.00 worth of farming tools and inputs to the ARBs through the Dipolog Vegetable Growers Association. The association also received P10, 000 cash from the local government as their start-up capital and P20, 000 worth of high value seeds and farm tools for vegetable production. City Agriculturist Kerr Porlas expressed his appreciation to DAR for helping the farmers preserve and develop agricultural productivity and improve the marketing system in the city. PARPO I Rizzel B. Villanueva also stressed that aside from protecting the environment from harm through organic farming, FFS also enables the farmers to learn how to manufacture pesticides and fertilizers using the natural materials. CARPO Alfonso Tan with ARCP2 AED Coordinator Leonesa Alpha served as the lead facilitators of the event in coordination from East West Seed Company Team Leader Marilyn Dacara.
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Harvest Festival: A Success
Engr. Alfonso A. Tan, Chief of Program Beneficiaries Development Division, PARPO II Mohammad Dassan J. Adju and PARPO I Rizzel Villanueva during the planning workshop of the Program Beneficiaries Development-Technical Assistance and Support Services (PBD-TASS) at Zamboanga del Norte.
PBD TASS Planning Workshop THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform in Zamboanga del Norte recently conducted a planning workshop on Program Beneficiaries Development – Technical Assistance and Support Services (PBD-TASS) at Alexandra by the Sea, Dapitan City. All Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOS) in the province participated in the said undertaking. “The MARPOS have a crucial role for the development in the areas they handle because they are the experts in the agrarian reform program,” DAR-ZN Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-I (PARPO) Rizzel B. Villanueva stressed in his opening remarks. Among the programs and projects presented by DAR-ZN during the said activity were the Agrarian Production Credit program (APCP) which aims to provide credit assistance to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to support their individual or communal crop production; DARCRS (Catholic Relief Services) Partnership which aims to increase production and income of ARBs through agricultural extension marketing assistance and capacity-building with the assistance of agro-enterprise facilitators; Community-Managed Potable Water Supply and Hygiene (CPWASH) project to install low-cost water supply technology and sanita-
tion systems for safe, clean and potable water for ARBs; and Convergence of Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (CONVERGE) project to reduce the incidence of poverty particularly in Mindanao. DAR envisions to empower agrarian reform beneficiaries who are effectively managing their economic and social development for a better quality of life. Thus, PARPO Villanueva emphasized that DAR focuses on strengthening towards sustainable Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOS) enterprises in the country. DAR through the provision of Technical Advisory Support Services, supports the major strategies identified under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) in accordance with the agriculture sector’s goal of improving food security and increasing income, increasing resilience to climate change risks and enhancing policy environment and governance. “We are giving our main concern and full support to the activities of the MARPOs because we are all aiming to accomplish one goal – to improve the lives of ARBs, “DAR-ZN Provincial Agrarian Officer II (PARPOII) Mohammad Dassan J. Adju concluded during the second day of the workshop.
THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Zamboanga del Sur in coordination with the local government unit of Aurora and the East – West Seed Company, Inc. celebrated a Harvest Festival in barangay Gubaan attended by the graduates of the Farmers Field School (FFS). Arturo N. Soria, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II said that these 21 agrarian reform beneficiaries learned the natural farming method of growing organic vegetables after attending a six-month training on Natural Farming System Technology (NFST). He said that this technology is a project under the Agricultural - Enterprise Development (AED) component of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP) Phase II. Engr. Josephine G.. Sisican, Chief of the Program Beneficiaries Development Division explained that NFST aims to promote the good health of the consumers and help restore the ecological balance of mother earth. The farmers were trained on Natural Farming System Technology by Elizabeth Santiago the AED Coordinator of the province. She revealed that the organically grown harvested vegetables were eggplants, tomatoes, bitter gourd, string beans and okra as well as pepper and cucumber. “Compared to using inorganic fertilizers wherein infestations are controlled and harvesting is easier, NFST
is a difficult planting method. However, these inorganic fertilizers not only destroy the natural fertility of the soil, but are also hazardous to humans when swallowed as these contains chemicals. NFST requires patience, hard work and industry. It is however worth the effort as organic vegetables are safe and give good health to those who eat them”, one farmer graduate said. Mayor Boen Dorotheo Cabahug of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur stressed that he aspires for his constituents to have easier and uplifted lives. He is pleased that NFST contributes to this as the adopters can harvest from their backyards. Further, he said that healthy residents contribute to a wholesome and progressive place to live in. Finally, Soriaen encouraged the graduates to continue and sustain their natural farming practices. He emphasized that these are good and wholesome as these uphold the wellness and lengthen the life of the consumers as well as help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. Also in attendance during the event was Links Farm DAR National Coordinator Gerriza Montero of the Bureau of Agrarian Reform and Beneficiaries Development. The barangay is also a recipient of the Links Farm or Linking Small holder Farmers to Markets under the DAR - Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
Arturo N. Soria, PARPO II of DAR Zamboanga del Sur distributes the Certificate of Completion to one of the Farmer Field School graduate Gubaan, Aurora.
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The orientation and consultation on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures were participated by the farmer beneficiaries of Barcelona expanded agrarian reform community in Zamboanga del Norte.
Launching of Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE) held on January 21, 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City which was attended by DAR Undersecretary Herman Ongkiko. IFAD Representative Benoit Thierry, Dir. Ma. Celerina Afable, Regional Directors Engr. Felix Aguhob (IX), Faisar Mambuay (!0) and Julita a. Ragandang (CARAGA) and the PBDD CARPOs from the 10 provinces of the three regions.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Mohammad Dassan J. Adju stressed during the conduct of the PAHP Assessment cum Planning Workshop that the primary objective of the program is to provide essential social and economic services toward eliminating hunger and reduce poverty especially in rural areas wherein DAR has focused its resources and support services interventions
DAR IX Regional Cong. Aurora E. C N. Soria, Mayor and local govern PAMANA project Peoplesâ€™ Organiz Sur.
Harvest and graduation activities for Batch Two of Farmersâ€™ Field School on High Value Vegetable Production using the Natural Farming Systen Technology in Naga,Zamboanga Sibuga 2016. It was witnessed by PARPO II Atty. Judith P. Mantos, PBDD Chief Anthony Teves, DAR personnel and some Dep Ed, MLGU and BLGU officials and employees.
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l Director Engr. Felix B. Aguhob, Cerilles of Disrtict I, PARPO Arturo Greg Dayondon and other DAR nment officials turned-over the 15 ts to the different Chairman of the zations in Tabina, Zamboanga del
ay that took place on February 8,
Harvest festival and graduation ceremony of the 14 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries who participated in the 2nd Batch of Farmersâ€™ Field School on High-Value Vegetable Production using the Natural Farming System Technology held on March 18, 2016 in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.
During the Up Valuing Local Study Mission held on March 19-21, 2016 in CARAGA Region where participants from DARPO-Zamboanga Sibugay, DTI and Goodyear Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GARBEMCO) visited 3 successful cooperatives from the said region including the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) and Baug CARP Beneficiaries MultiPurpose Cooperative (BCBMPC), both in Agusan del Norte, and the KAAGAP Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAAGAPMUCO) in Agusan del Sur. DAR was headed by PARPO I Elizardo Villaseca while GARBEMCO was led by General Manager Lilia Manuel.
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Rural folks in Diplahan learn basic meat processing THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sponsored a two-day livelihood training on meat processing for the rural women in Tinongtongan, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay. The participants were trained on tocino, tapa and longganisa processing and production. The training is in line with the government’s promotion of Gender and Development. Through the said training, the residents saw an opportunity wherein they can earn additional income aside from farming which is the primary source of livelihood in the area.
GAD Point Person Mira Lyn Dugso viewed the activity as an opportunity to equip rural people, particularly women, with skills and hands-on training on livelihood programs initiated by DAR especially on meat processing. According to her, the conduct of the activity marked the culmination of the women’s month celebration which is being celebrated for the whole month of March. DAR partnered and with DOST who provided the resource person for the said training through Project Assistant II Jeyzel Aparri of DOST-Zamboanga Sibugay. The resource person discussed three training modules including product costing, procedure and schematic diagram and ways to
keep food safe and clean. Tinontongan Chairman Winnie Bacay thanked DAR for prioritizing his barangay to be the
venue and choosing his constituents to be beneficiaries of the said training which was held last March 30-31, 2016.
Training Resource Person Jeyzel Appari of DOST preparing the ingredients needed in making tocino, tapa and longganisa products.
DAR turns-over P7M worth infra projects in Gutalac THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over four elementary school buildings amounting to P7. 6 million benefiting 320 students in Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte. The project is implemented
under the Agrarian Reform Community and Development Project (ARCP2) with DAR as the lead agency in coordination with the local government of Gutalac. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Mohammad Dassan
J. Adju said that the four - unit -eightclassroom buildings will benefit the school children residing in barangays of Map, Buenavista, Upper Gutalac and Bagong Silang. Each classroom can accommodate 40 school children.
“This is our way of promoting progress by giving helpful projects to the agrarian reform communities. DAR’s concern is to address the development needs of the community that includes better education,” Adju said. He added that along with the turned-over projects are two-daycare centers with a project cost of P2.3 million situated in barangays Bagong Silang and Upper Gutalac. School District Supervisor Eddie E. Refugio in his speech said that they will consider these as their greatest gift as these elevates the educational status of the students and provided a more quality education. Mayor Onesimo Coma, Jr also extended gratitude to DAR for the realization of the school buildings in his municipality. “I am equally elated for the school projects as these addressed the need for additional and adequate Mohammad Dassan J. Adju, (2nd, left) PARPO II of DAR Zamboanga del Norte together with Mayor Onesimo Coma Jr. leads the learning areas for our students in Gutalac,” Coma said. ribbon cutting ceremony of the turn-over of four school buildings in the municipality of Gutalac.
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DAR,LGU Inspect P2.9 million Completed Box Culvert Bridge THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform in Zamboanga del Sur completed the P2.9 million box culvert bridge in Barangay Sugbay Uno, Dimataling before it will be handed over to local barangay officials. Engr. Josephine G. Sisican, Chief of Program Beneficiaries Development Division, revealed that the DAR - Bottom – Up – Budgeting (BUB) funded P2.8 million and the municipal local government unit counterpart was P139,000. She added that this bridge willbenefit 321 agrarian reform beneficiaries and 628 other residents. The box culvert bridge provides the residents, particularly the farmers and fisher folks with safe
access to market centers, basic political and economic services, particularly health, education and welfare services. Meanwhile, PARPO Soria is happy that the box culvert bridge reduces the travel time from the production areas to marketing outlets or centers,minimizesthe spoilage of perishable items and lessens the hauling cost of agriculture and fishery products and other IFAD Representative Mr. Benoit Thierry delivering his message during the launching of commodities. Project ConVERGE. “This also promotes stable peace and order condition in the interior Municipalities and fosters connectivity among Agrarian Reform Communities in order to enhance socio – economic developDAR brings GARBEMCO to CARAGA for a mission ment in the area”, PARPO Soria concluded. Continued from page 8 coop which gave priority memberThe team also visited ship only to fishpond owners within KAAGAP Development Multi-Pur- the province as the coop is into expose Cooperative tensive and primitive culture of financial demand on each family, (KAAGAPMUCO) in San Fran- milkfish and prawn. The coop’s oplivelihood trainings that can later cisco, Agusaldel Sur. erations shifted to savings and credit translate to additional income are a KAAGAPMUCO is mainly into the after the White Spot Syndrome Viwelcome opportunity for government processing of coconut coir. The rus (WSSV) hit the municipality of employees. The skills gained can be group learned from Manager Magallanes, causing all prawn farms applied to start a small scale enter- Maximino Robles, Jr. how the coop to be wiped out by the virus and furprise that can greatly benefit the undertook innovative ways so as to ther resulting to bankruptcy of employee’s family financially. make use of the waste materials from multimillion coops and prawn farm The two-day training was super- the coir processing and turn it into a operators. Since then, BCBMPC vised by Sylvia Aguhob, Head of viable one like organic coco fertil- opened its doors to the community Xavier University Food and Technol- izer which is now giving additional not only in the whole province of ogy Department. The first phase of income for the coop. GARBEMCO Agusan del Norte but the neighborthe training was the orientation on the became aware of the strategies ing provinces as well within the basics of baking after which a hands- adopted by the management that region. With its present 11,848 total on preparation by group was done. made the coop prosper notwithstand- membership and with its eight Each group had their share of actual ing adversities it went through. branch offices strategically situated preparation of buko and durian pies. The final stopover was at Baug across the region, BCBMPC is unOn the second day, the participants CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose doubtedly making a name. were taught longganiza/tocino mak- Cooperative (BCBMPC) in GARBEMCO participants ing and chicken/pork ham making. Magallanes, Agusan del Norte. Vis- headed by Manager Lilia G. Manuel The training is seen to be a great iting a very successful cooperative thanked DAR for bringing them to opportunity especially for those who with an asset of P 365 million is in- CARAGA and for exposing them to intend to have additional income deed an experience to be remembered the region’s top cooperatives. The while still active in the government by the team. General Manager Luxmi coops were all worth visiting, makservice or as their business after Auxilio informed the group that ing the mission worth participating. retirement. BCBMPC was originally a close-type (JLC/PIO/DAR-ZSP)
Skills Training for DAR IX Employees THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform Regional Office IX conducted a two-day Livelihood Skills Training for 30 officials and employees last March 30-31 in Cagayan de Oro City in northern Mindanao. The training was in accordance with the mandate of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to conduct employee activities that could enhance the well-being of the government employees to be able to deliver efficient and effective public service. Among the activities recommended by the CSC is the conduct of food production and livelihood activities for the benefit of the personnel. Such activities are in line with the present administration’s program that promote small/medium enterprises and provide assistance to enterprising individual or group who want to augment their income. With the high prices of basic commodities and the growing
UP Valuing Local Study Mission in Caraga
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EDITORIAL STAFF Editors-in-Chief GLORIA M. SARACHO MA. SOCORRO C. REAMBONANZA
Assistant Editor SUZETTE T. LOTA
Contributing Editors SHANIE P. JACINTO LAILANIE VIC S. VALDEZ ARNETTE COMIQUE JOHN LLOYD CABABAT
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ATTY. RAMON E. MADROÑAL, JR. ARD for ADMIN. & Legal Services
ENGR. AGNES Y. MAATA ARD for LTS/TASS For inquiries, please write or call the DAR Regional Office IX, Veterans Avenue Extension, Zamboanga City DAR Zamboanga Sibugay team headed by PARPO I Elizardo Villaseca together with the members of GARBEMCO during their visit to SIUFMULCO , CARAGAs number one abaca trader.
THE GOODYEAR Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GARBEMCO), a plantation-based cooperative in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay engaged in rubber and abaca production, was exposed to CARAGA Region’s successful Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperatives through the Up Valuing Local Study Mission held last March 19-21, 2016.The four -man team from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in
Zamboanga Sibugay headed by PARPO I Elizardo Villaseca brought fourteen (14) members of GARBEMCO along with two representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the three cooperatives in Region XIII as part of DAR’s assistance for the up valuing of GARBEMCO’s growing abaca industry. The study mission aimed to expose GARBEMCO to the flourishing DAR-assisted coops in the region and eventually for them to draw and learn lessons from their
experiences and best practices. The teamfirst visited San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO), in Santiago, Agusan del Norte known for its booming and lucrative abaca buy and sell business. Leonora Mila, SIUFMULCO’s General Manager, shared to the group how the coop started, the challenges it faced, the sacrifices made and the lessons learned by the members from their experiences over the years, and how the coop attained success. Mila
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shared that from 14 total deliveries of baled dry abaca in 2013 with estimated 22,500 tons per delivery, the cooperative was able to increase to 34 and 80 deliveries in 2014 and 2015, respectively, with income amounting to P10 million earned last year. Mila said the Philippine Fiber Industry and Development Authority (PhilFIDA) has named and considered SIUFMULCO as the number one abaca trader in the region. Continue on page 7