The DOLE-SRO for CARP’s MADARC MPC as most outstanding cooperative in Misamis Occidental

By MILDRED E. DABLIO,Labor Communications Officer
MARCIANO CARDENTE Jr., Project Development Officer

Cagayan de Oro City— The Department of Labor and Employment – Self-Reliant Organization for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (DOLE-SRO for CARP Project)’s Mamanga Daku Agrarian Reform Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MADARC MPC) is recently awarded as the most outstanding Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative for the province of Misamis Occidental on 2 October 2013. This is in recognition for its contribution to the success of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program which was given during the 28th Inter PARCOM Convention at the Highland Resort, Mambajao, Camiguin.

MADARC MPC is under the special program of DOLE and one of the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs).

SRO for CARP Project is an implementation of the government’s CARP with the Department of Agrarian Reform as the lead implementing agency. The project is also being implemented under the DOLE Bureau of Rural Workers, now the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, since the inception of the CARP in 1989 under the Republic Act 6657, in which the DOLE, under section 41 of the said law, has been identified as one of the members of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC).
DOLE-X Regional Director, Atty. Alan M. Macaraya, informs that the said project aims to assist the ARB in selected plantation farms to develop the competencies and organizational strategies through institutional development and management of farm operations towards optimum agricultural productivity and sustainability for the farmer beneficiaries/plantation workers in particular and the development of agrarian reform communities.

Meanwhile, DOLE-X SRO for CARP Project Officer, Marciano Cardente, Jr. informs, “MADARC MPC is a duly registered Cooperative with the Cooperative Development Authority on 18 December 1998 under the registration number of CDA-CG4-260. It is located 5 kilometers away from the Poblacion of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental with the total land area of 324,860 hectares of barangay of which 161 hectares were formerly owned by Governor William Chiongbian and planted with rice, corn, and coconuts and were sold to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association in 1992 through Voluntary Land Transfer scheme in the amount of one peso only.”

To date, the cooperative has a total active members of two hundred sixty (260) farmers (113 are male and 147 are female). The projects include rice milling, trading, and production.

Rice trading has an initial start-up capital of fifty thousand pesos (P50,000), but still insufficient, to its members, the management staff with the assistance of DOLE-CF facilitated to avail financial assistance for additional capital for rice trading in the amount of P350,000 and an additional capital for consumer store amounting to P150,000 were released by DOLE-X last 28 June 2013.

Other sources of income of the cooperative include membership fees, capital build-up, and savings which are regularly collected once monthly.
Recently, DOLE BWSC team conducted third quarter field monitoring and evaluation.

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