SEARCA and DAR conduct First Training for ARBOs in Nueva Ecija
Technicians from P.I. Farms (men wearing yellow), together with Prof. Jimmy Williams (facing, wearing red), and training participants during the hands-on session of the Training on the Operations, Use, Maintenance and Troubleshooting of CSFs held at Talabutab Norte, General Natividad, Nueva Ecija on 12 December 2013.
NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as commissioned by the Department of Agrarian Reform, has successfully conducted the first training course on the System of Use, Maintenance, Operation, and Troubleshooting of Common Service Facilities (CSFs) under the project entitled "Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS)" on 11-12 December 2013 in Nueva Ecija.
A total of 25 participants, composed of Managers, Machine Operators and Motorpool Supervisors attended the activity. The participants were from the seven (7) ARBOs for DAR ARCCESS Nueva Ecija, namely, Masaganang Buhay Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MBPMPC), Barangay Development Cooperative (BADECO), Aglipay Producers' Cooperative (APC), Talabutab Norte Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TNMPC), Sitio Sapang Kubo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SSKMPC), Tanglaw Buhay Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TBMPC), and Farmer Vegetable Credit Cooperative (FVCC). Officials from DAR Provincial Office headed by Ms. Joyce Ramones, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARPO), were also present during the activity.
The two-day training provided the participants with further knowledge on the CSF's technical features, proper use, operations, maintenance, and overall management and technical advice on key issues encountered in the operation and management of CSFs.
Dr. Arnold Elepaño, Dean of the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), served as the lead resource person. He was assisted by two mechanical engineers and seven technicians from the Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Dealers Association (AMMDA), the equipment dealer of CSFs in Nueva Ecija. Other members of the SEARCA Project Team who were also present in the training include Professor Jimmy Williams, Project Team Leader, and Professor Mayo Grace Amit, Training Specialist. (Sarah Grace L. Quiñones)
Dr. Arnold ElepaÃ±o, Farm Machineries Specialist for DAR ARCCESS Nueva Ecija (left most), with the participants during the hands-on training session at Talabutab Norte, General Natividad, Nueva Ecija on 12 December 2013.