Agrarian Reform of Agusan del Norte turns over recently the P4.486-M worth of hauling truck under the agrarian reform Project ConVERGE as part of logistic support to the abaca value chain enterprise of San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) of Santiago. In the photo are (2nd from right) Regional Director Alejandro S. Otacan and (extreme right) PARPO II Andre B. Atega, pose with (from left) Leonora Mila, Chairman Papias Bernados and Brgy. Captain Elmer Monteclaro representative.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte through the Project Convergence on Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) recently turned over P4.486 million worth 10-wheeler hauling truck to enhance the transport and handling of abaca fiber enterprise of San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) here.
In a ceremony held, DAR Regional Director Alejadro S. Otacan, together with Provincial Agrarian Reform Project Officer II (PARPO II) Andre Atega,CESO V, led the turnover of hauling truck to the officials of SIUFMULCO represented by the BOD Chairman Papias G. Bernados and Manager Leonora B. Mila.
According to PARPO II Andre B. Atega, CESO V, the hauling truck will give way to improve the delivery of abaca fiber to a large scale manner that would spur economic productivity for the rural workers as well as to the SIUFMULCO as the lead proponent group of 20 agrarian-organizations in TUJAKITSAN Cluster comprises of four municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago.
“It will improve inbound and outbound logistics of abaca fibers from the cluster of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBO) members through the marketing and selling into different distribution channels that include Davao, Leyte, Iligan and Albay,” Atega said.
SIUFMULCO Manager Leonora Mila thanked the agrarian reform Project ConVERGE for the support that it benefitted to more than two thousand abaca farmer-members and 454 indigenous peoples in TUJAKITSAN Cluster.
“We are indeed thankful for the timely arrival of new hauling truck since we were struggling with our old truck prone to breakdown and does not last long, cannot load large volume, compared to the newly arrived which we can save thousands of pesos from commissioning some units from other transport services,” Mila said.
According to Mila, the arrival of hauling truck brings more opportunity to supply more abaca fibers to different markets. As it continues to expand its operation, aside from local buyers, SIUFMULCO also plans to venture other big abaca pulping companies abroad.
Mila also said that the new 20-tonner hauling truck has been a decade-long dream. But now, through Project ConVERGE, it became a reality, even if it went a several processes and pathways along the way.
“Daghan salamat sa DAR Project ConVERGE diin nahatagan og katumanan ang among gidamgo nga 20-tonner hauling truck,” (We thanked the efforts of DAR provincial office thru project ConVERGE in realizing our dreamed of 20-tonner hauling truck,”) Mila added.
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