DAR inks partnership with Aboitiz, Pilmico

  • August 13, 2017

QUEZON CITY, Aug. 13 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) signed a livelihood program partnership agreement with the Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI) and Pilmico Foods Corporation to increase the household income of farmers by developing and improving their business enterprises.

 

DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano said the community-based partnership in under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of the government.

 

“The partnership is geared towards a common goal of improving the lives of farmers by helping them develop their agricultural enterprises. This will be conducted by helping them establish livelihood businesses like piglet dispersal, chicken egg production and bakery business,” Mariano said.

 

The livelihood projects will benefit 1,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries in six provinces namely, La Union, Pampanga, Camarines Sur, Surigao del Norte, South Cotabato and Western Samar.

 

Prior to the agreement signing, Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said the DAR has conducted feasibility studies on the sustainability and success rate of each business endeavors.

 

“According to our studies, an increase in farmers’ income by 1.5 percent per month is expected. This, of course, depends on the frequency of baking, or how many eggs and pigs are sold by the farmer,” explains Bistoyong.

 

She said that sustainability of the starter kits (for the piglet dispersal, chicken egg production and bakery business) after a year of operation is also seen.

 

Under the agreement, Pilmico shall provide for the farmers their technical expertise on piglet dispersal, chicken egg production and bakery store management. Pilmico shall also deliver piglets, egg-laying hens, animal feeds, egg-laying machines, bags of baking flour and starter kits (basic appliances) for the bakery business.

 

The AFI, on the other hand, shall provide additional funding for the establishment of each livelihood project. The AFI would also provide capability trainings and would continuously monitor the process of establishing the livelihood projects.

 

DAR, for its part, shall provide microfinance services to the farmers such as loans, savings and insurance to help them gain collateral for their agri-business. The DAR would also link the farmers’ businesses to a wider market.

 

The signing of the livelihood program partnership agreement was held at the DAR central office in Quezon City.

 

Present during the signing were: Pilmico President & CEO Sabin Aboitiz, 1st VP (FVP) and COO of Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Maribeth Marasigan, FVP for Gov’t. Relations David Jude Sta. Ana of Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), AEV Manager Mirchelle de Guzman, Pilmico VP for Corporate Strategy & Business Dev’t. Santanina Castro and AEV Vice President for Gov’t. Relations Christopher Camba, DAR Underecretaries Sylvia Mallari and Karlo Bello and DAR Head Executive Assistant Luz Perez. (DAR)


Other News

DepEd, other agencies participate in the HDPR Community Forum and Serbisyo Caravan
  • August 21, 2017
PASIG CITY, Aug. 21 – To ensure that students, parents, and other stakeholders have the necessary information on its priority programs and projects, the Department of Education (DepEd) participated at the Community Forum and Serbisyo Caravan held on 12 August 2017 at the Commonwealth Elementary School in Quezon City.   With the theme, Edukasyon, Kalusugan, at Proteksyon, this inter-agency initiative aimed to bring government services directly to the people from the various government agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction (HDPR) Cabinet Cluster.   The ...Read more
DepEd inks pacts with educ partners, receives donations for learners
  • August 21, 2017
PASIG CITY, Aug. 21 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones expressed her gratitude toward various education partners for always putting high value and extending help and assistance to the education sector.   The Education Chief conveyed this during the ceremonial turnover of donations for learners and signing of Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with DepEd partners on 10 August 2017 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.   “DepEd is feeling very blessed and spoiled because we are always number one whenever a business in...Read more
ALC Foundation celebrates World Bamboo Day with ​​‘Camp Kawayan’ bamboo planting event
  • August 21, 2017
  Got nothing to do this September? Are you looking for an exciting adventure with a cause for your family and squad? Join Kawayanihan 2017: Camp Kawayan and be a bamboo warrior!   In celebration of World Bamboo Day 2017, ALC Foundation is organizing a bamboo planting trail dubbed as “Camp Kawayan” under its Kawayanihan project. The half-day event hopes to gather around 2,000 volunteers from Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and South Luzon along the riverbanks of San Mateo, Rizal (starting from Dulongbayan 1) on 23 September 2017, 6 am onwards.   It is hoped that this uni...Read more
Exclusive breastfeeding campaign continues in CDO
  • August 21, 2017
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) – In an episode of Talakayan sa PIA on 15 August 2017, Department of Health (DOH) region 10 explained the importance of mothers giving exclusive breastfeeding to their newborn up to six months. This is a crucial stage wherein a mother’s milk is what the baby needs and nothing else. Apart from that, this is where the baby gets all the nutrients and immunity to survive the world outside the womb. Gilda Ajoc, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Program Coordinator of DOH region 10 shared that some mothers might think that they don’t have the milk or ...Read more