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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Multi-stakeholders forum on ARCP-II AED held in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Office has conducted here on Tuesday the Provincial Multi-stakeholders forum on ARCP-II Agri-Enterprise Development (AED) at C & L Sea View Hotel.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Mohammad Dassan J. Adju said the forum aimed to evaluate the implementation of the programs identified under ARCP-II projects.

Representatives of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the city government of Dipolog also attended the said activity.

As one of the components of ARCP-II Projects, the AED intends to provide strategic support services to generate sustained increased income in agricultural production, productivity and household income; provide them access to rural credit, market –driven initiative and value-added and pilot ARC connectivity strategies.

ARCP-II AED Consultant Luz Ani said the main objective of the project is to increase the income of the program beneficiaries and alleviate the economic condition of the marginalized sectors of our society.

AED is funded through a soft loan acquired by the Philippine government from Asian Development Bank.

Ani pointed out that in the last few months of its operation, AED will focus on community-driven support services such roads, bridges, irrigation, multi-purpose to maximize production.

AED covers 152 Agrarian Reform Communities in 11 ARC Clusters, 19 provinces in 6 regions throughout the country including Zamboanga del Norte