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CISC Director presents BDS Phase II project’s terminal report

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Written by Francisca O. Tan

Director Blanquita R. Pantoja of the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf reported the results of the research project entitled “Provision of Business Development Services (BDS) in Enhancing the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) Phase II” last September 13, 2018. The event was held at the Conference Room of the Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office (DARPO) of Laguna. The personnel of DARPO Laguna and the  chairman of each ARBO, who were part of the study, attended the presentation. DARPO funded the research project. 

Started in October 2017, the one-year project is an offshoot of BDS Project Phase I, which was also funded by DARPO-Laguna. The BDS project aimed to empower ARBOs to become functional and viable through coaching and mentoring. 

For the Phase II project, eight ARBOs were selected: Buklod Kaunlaran ng Barangay Balubad Multipurpose Cooperative (Lumban), Calangay Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) Multipurpose Cooperative (Sta. Maria), Dila Multipurpose Cooperative for Progress (Bay), Galalan ARBs Multipurpose Cooperative (Pangil), Matalatala ARBs Multipurpose Cooperative (Mabitac), Casile Guinting Upland Marketing (Cabuyao), Marila Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) Multipurpose Cooperative (San Pablo), and Paagahan ARC Multipurpose Cooperative (Mabitac).

In her presentation, Dir. Pantoja enumerated the outputs of the ARBOs through this project. These include the revised vision, mission, and goals (VMGs); three-year strategic development plan; one-year operational plan; organizational management manual; and business management manual. Only two ARBOs, namely: Paagahan ARC Multipurpose Cooperative and Galalan ARBs Multipurpose Cooperative presented these outputs during their general assembly in which their respective members approved them for implementation. Other ARBOs will also present the said outputs in their general assembly before the year ends for approval of their members.   

Dir. Pantoja also shared several recommendations based on the results of the coaching and mentoring or study that could be given attention by the Board of Directors (BODs) and/or officers for sustainability of each ARBO. She said that there is a  need to think of incentives to draw the interest of the youth to become cooperative members. ARBOs should also realize the need to give incentives to their BODs, officers, staff, and members. Dir. Pantoja also emphasized that there is a need to train the second liners in preparation for the replacement of the BODs  and/or officers of the cooperative or association. On the other hand, the manuals of operations (Organizational and Business Management) need to be continuously reviewed and updated to become relevant to their current organizational and business activities. In addition, the  entrepreneurial mindset and enterprise diversification are essential for the development of a cooperative.

Together with Dir. Pantoja, the research project was conducted by CISC researchers, namely: Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen, Ms. Mena E. Umali, Ms. Samantha Geraldine G. De los Santos,  Ms. Francisca O. Tan, Ms. Flordeliza A. Sanchez,  Ms. Joanne V. Alvarez, and Ms. Florita P. Rañeses.

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