BACOLOD City – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have signed a memorandum of agreement to implement the Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for ARBs Project (Claap) in Negros Occidental.
Claap is a joint collaboration of the DAR and DSWD, which grants agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) an easy access to economic opportunities.
It includes technical assistance in the form of trainings, coaching and mentoring on enterprise operation and management.
Around 924 ARBs from the cities of Bacolod, Cadiz, Himamaylan, Kabankalan and Bago, and towns of E.B. Magalona, Manapla, Toboso, Calatrava, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, and Cauayan are expected to benefit this assistance.
Restituto Macuto, national coordinator of DSWD-SLP, said the DAR, DSWD and other national agencies are ready to assist ARBs especially in the implementation of the project.
“The success of the implementation of the program lies on the hands of the farmers,” he said.
Macuto also stressed the stakeholders’ valuable contribution to the agricultural requirement of the province./PN