DAR forges partnership with Pilmico on entrepreneurship projects for farmers
Livelihood packages, as well as series of technical training, is now being provided to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) and its farmer-members, which will enable them to increase their household incomes through easy-to-manage businesses with a quick return of investments.
This, as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Pilmico Foods Corporation, the food subsidiary of Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI), recently entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that provides for the sustainable livelihood and income opportunities to agrarian reform beneficiaries across the province.
Under the agreement, Pilmico will provide livelihood packages as well as technical assistance to farmer-recipients while DAR shall provide microfinance services in the form of loans to help them gain collateral for their agri-businesses.
The highlight of the activity was the distribution of 12 piglets (three piglets per beneficiary) to four farmer-recipients who are members of the Pacol Magsasaka Prime Community (PMPC) in Naga City.
DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz in his message expressed his support to further strengthen and improve partnership with Pilmico consistent with the DAR’s mandate to provide support services such as enterprise development programs by implementing community-based projects which are accessible to everyone especially those living in the countryside.