DAR turns over oil repacking facility to AgSur coop
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, June 6 – The Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Office (PARPO) headed by Jamil P. Amatonding Jr., has handed over the keys of the newly constructed Crystal Oil Repacking Center to Filipinas Palmoil Plantation Inc. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FPPI ARB MPC’s) chairperson Jesus Simbajon on June 5, 2020, at Purok 4, Ebro, San Francisco, this province.
Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Sustainability Program (ARBDSP) chief Joven Pizarro, together with OIC-MARPO Josette J. Simbajon, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Jose T. Baron, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science Research Specialist Wenceslao Tianero and Bryan G. Campos, FPPI Manager Josephine B. Palen and other coop officials also joined in the said ceremony.
“My only hope is for the cooperative to manage the building very well so that in the end you will live a more comfortable life,” PARPO Amatonding said.
“It is with our best interest to help you so that you will stand above the rest in terms of income,” he added.
In his message, Chairperson Simbajon narrated the story that led to the idea of venturing into product enhancement of palm oil. “Before, we only engage into labor contracting or credit services to our members, but through DAR’s initiative to help us, we have come up with this kind of enterprise, and, we are happy because we have seen the positive outcome since the product launching in 2018,” he said.
FPPI ARB MPC Manager Josephine Palen likewise recognized the initiative of the department in looking after the ARBO’s welfare. “What we are today, we owe everything to DAR,” she said.
The provision of the facility is under the DAR’s Village Level Farm Focused Enterprise Development (VLFED) project which aims to establish a sustainable Income-Generating Project (IGP) in the area and to provide additional income to 656 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of the FPPI ARB MPC, develop rural-based entrepreneurs, upgrade the production, processing, packaging and distribution and marketing of product and at the same time augment the ARBO’s income.
The total cost of this VLFED project for the coop is Php780,000.00 of which Php300,000 was allotted for the repacking facility while the rest is intended for capacity development.
Meanwhile, DAR Agusan del Sur through the Provincial Investment and Marketing Assistance Officer (PIMAO) has facilitated the processing of the FDA-LTO to expand the product in a wider market.
Apart from the local market in Caraga, FPPI ARB MPC has also established the distribution of crystal cooking oil to the institutional market under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP).
“With the approval of the FDA-LTO, we hope to expand our market not just locally but even internationally,” Amatonding said. (Rechel D. Besonia, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)