Surigao del Norte– Five (5) months after its launching in Caraga, the first phase of the Self-Reliant Organizations for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP) Project implemented by the Department of labor and Employment-Surigao del Norte Provincial Office (DOLE-SDNPO) has come to its completion.

The SRO-CARP is a project spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Executive Committee (PARC-EXECOM). Hence, as part of its commitment to the government’s agrarian reform program, DOLE also partnered with the project by empowering Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) Organizations through the provision of capability building activities and livelihood assistance to increase the productivity and general incomes of the beneficiaries.

This year, the San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIMPUCO), a farmer’s organization, located in Brgy. San Isidro, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, was chosen as one of the six (6) project sites in the country.

Hinaot na mahatag sa amo among kinahanglan nga mga dugang kaalaman ug ang  pre and post-harvest facilities para mapahapsay ang operasyon diri sa among mga basakan”, said Mr. Roberto P. Naraja, the SIMPUCO Chairman, as he expressed his gratitude during the launching of the project.

As beneficiaries of the said project, SIMPUCO has undergone the following Capability Building Activities:

  – Organizational Diagnosis/ Training Needs Analysis

  – Strategic Planning

  – Entrepreneurship and Rural Enterprise Development Seminar

 – Leadership Training and Basic Networking Seminar

 – Basic Partnership Building Seminar

  – Human Resource Development Seminar

 – Formulation of Policy on Old and New Equipment and other Assets

 – Basic Business Planning/ Proposal Making and Alternative Business Framework Seminar

– Cooperative Benchmarking and Seminar on GLS, OSH Law, and other related labor Laws Issuance

Approximately P 469,500.00 was spent for the conduct of the said trainings, speakers’ honorarium, training supplies, etc.

No country, no organization, no family is great without great leadership. And leadership requires not only strength but also guidance from our Lord Almighty”, Ms. Chona M. Mantilla, Regional Director said, as she addressed an inspiring message to the officers of SIMPUCO during the last training conducted.

The first phase officially ended with the conduct of the Inter-Agency Convergence Forum, a gathering of all CARP implementing agencies in the province, to present the chosen ARB organization and discuss to the partner agencies the help and assistance needed by the organization. The said forum also opened opportunities for SIMPUCO to enroll and avail of partner agencies’ CARP programs on top of the intervention provided by DOLE.