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Tarlac Farmers identified as SRO-CARP Beneficiaries

City of San Fernando, Pampanga/June 26, 2019 – The Department of Labor and Employment Region 3 (DOLE III) has identified the Masalasa Science and Technology Based-Farm Marketing Cooperative as the sole beneficiary for the Self-Reliant Organization Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO-CARP) project in Central Luzon.

The SRO-CARP is a special project of DOLE as its share in the implementation of CARP. This undertaking is made possible thru the funding and spearheading of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Executive Committee (PARC-EXECOM). The project aims at providing the beneficiaries a suitable capacity building method such as organizational and land management, agribusiness, and enterprise development to heighten the core competencies of Agrarian ReformBeneficiaries Organization (ARBO’s) towards its organizational maturity.

Deployment of SRO-CARP Community Facilitator in Brgy. Masalasa, Victoria, Tarlac.


The Masalasa Science and Technology Based-Farm Marketing Cooperative located in Barangay Masalasa, Victoria, Tarlac was chosen as one among six project sites for the SRO-CARP project in the Philippines for CY 2018-2020.  The cooperative has a total of 104 registered members and the only ARBO in Luzon that will benefit the project. Regional Director, Maria Zenaida Angara-Campita assures that after these series of capacity building trainings; its  members will gain not only on awareness on workers social protection and welfare advocacies, social security, health protection, labor rights and standards but as well as to become a gender responsive organization and gain a substantial participation in local governance.

Series of on-site and off-site trainings is currently facilitated by DOLE thru its Community Facilitator, Mr. John Aloisius D. Mendez. The Masalasa STBF Marketing Cooperative being the target beneficiaries were trained and provided interventions on development and strengthening core competencies in becoming a Collective owner – Manager – Entrepreneur and to transform the customary agricultural farming into flourishing and profitable agribusinesses and link them to the right market as well as enterprise development.



DTI Officer Ms. Divine Ramos started the training module by discussing the “Principles of Entrepreneurship and Creative Business Mindsetting.”


Informative lecture and discussion about Records Management facilitated by Mr. John Aloisius Mendez.


The SRO-CARP also geared towards increasing the overall productivity and overall incomeof the beneficiaries. It intends to empower the people by enhancing their skills and aptitude in management thru series of workshops and seminars during on-site trainings. The facilitator focuses on the greater participation of the beneficiaries in local governance and community development to significantly strengthen the network and partnerships withthe other ARBOs and stakeholders in the province of Tarlac.  In addition, this project also targets institutionalize and sustain mechanisms for support services to address the needs of the beneficiaries, particularly in infrastructure, farming mechanized equipment, basic need facilities, access to technology and market trends among others.

Farmers from different cooperatives were invited to the Kubota tractors demonstration.

Chinese Researchers from PhilSCAT visited the site of Masalasa STBFM Cooperative.


Opening remarks and message support from DOLE Tarlac’s OIC/Provincial Head, Ms. Aurita L. Laxamana

To assure success of the implementation of the program, a field monitoring and assessment will be conducted by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) in coordination with DAR as the    lead agency of the project implementation. The project was launched in February of this year and expected to accomplish by CY 2020. /DOLERO3

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