Farmers belonging to 28 different cooperatives in Camarines Sur in the Bicol region will receive scholarships for much-needed vocational training from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) on repair and prevention. maintenance of agricultural tools and equipment.
In a press release, DAR Bicol Regional Manager Rodrigo O. Realubit said the training aims to help farmer organizations extend the life and usefulness of their agricultural machinery, maximizing their capacity. of food production and their income potential.
The training is a collaboration between DAR and Tesda, in cooperation with other government agencies.
As a reminder, DAR has recently forged a partnership for a mechanization skills improvement program with the following government agencies, Tesda, Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Coconut Authority, Cooperative Development Authority, Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee, Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council, and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The joint initiative, called ‘Sertifikadong Mekaniko sa Lambang Paraoma asin Parasirang Organisado’, aims to improve the capacities of machine operators and technicians in agrarian reform beneficiary organisations.
The scholarship program has also added people involved in the fishing industry.
“While DAR and other partner agencies provide farmer organizations with inputs and agricultural machinery, Tesda, on the other hand, will train them on small engine repairs so they know how to use, maintain and repair these machines and equipment in case of damage,” Realubit said.
Land reform beneficiaries in the region lack expertise in the repair and maintenance of agricultural machinery, which has resulted in the wastage or complete rotting of many agricultural tools provided by DAR and other agencies when they are used. break down because most organizations don’t know what to do. with machines or tools assigned to them, Realubit noted.
Tesda Regional Director Andrew A. Bido, who led the MoU signing ceremony, said the program will benefit more than 100 organizations in the agriculture and fisheries sectors.
However, 50 of them, represented by their machine operators and technicians, would have priority in the first batch of training.
“This program is not just a classroom environment. This is for our academics to acquire the skills that would give them a better understanding of machine parts, repairs, overhauls, tune-ups and maintenance, etc. Bido said. Under the scheme, fellows will complete an 82-day training starting April 18 and receive a daily stipend of P160.
“We will provide free accommodation for interns from remote locations at Tesda in Pili, Camarines Sur,” he added.