Davao de Oro ARB organizations link arms to address rice inflation issues

Nine Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in the province of Davao de Oro have linked arms to cope up with the rising prices of rice through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Through the initiative of Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committees (PARCCOM), the nine cooperative member-representatives of the Davao de Oro Inter-ARBOs Rice Trading (DIART) signed the MoU, stating that ARBOs that are supplying rice would sell their products at a very reasonable price to the consumer-ARBOs.

The PARCCOM is a partner of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) that serves as the highest policy-making body under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) at the provincial level. It also makes coordination and monitoring on the implementation of the programs, activities, and projects implemented by the CARP-implementing agencies at the field level.

PARCCOM Acting Chairperson Jerry Barayuga said the chairpersons and managers of ARBOs are working hand-in-hand to ease the price of rice to benefit the affected poor consumers.

“I’d also like to thank the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for their support to ARB organizations especially during these times,” Barayuga said.

DAR-Davao del Oro Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Jupiter Arandela Jr. said that DAR would continue to provide support services in the countryside to empower the farmer-beneficiaries and ARBOs.

Also present during the MoU signing were OIC-PARPO Ellordo Guarlberto, OIC-Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Nancy Ramos, other DAR personnel, and cooperative members. (PR)