A Business and Technology forum was conducted by Baba’s Foundation, Inc. on Feb. 24, 2016, at the Lispher Inn, in Matina, Davao City, under its engagement as the professional Service Provider of the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity for Economic Support and Services (ARCCESS) Program of the Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) , Region XI .
The Forum was attended by a total of 75 participants from 35 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) , coming from the 4 Provinces of Davao del sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
With the theme “Building Partnerships to Sustain Agri-Enterprises”, with emphasis on Rice, Corn and coconut commodities, several partner institutions focussing on Financing, Marketing and Technology Support were invited to present their programs and services that will benefit the farming sector. Invited presentors from the financing sector include the Davao Lending Center of the Land Bank of the Philippines and Cantilan Bank Inc. Representing the Marketing Sectors , on hand to present their programs are marketing institutions which include the Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures Inc., Agus Pinoy Producers Cooperative and Regwill Industries Inc..
Several government institutions providing technology and technical assistance to farmers were also present , to impart programs and services that the farmers may access, to include the Dept. of Agriculture, Phil. Coconut Authority, Dept. of Trade and Industries, Dept. of Public Works and Highways, and Dept. of Science and Technology. The activity was also graced by the Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) representatives, with no less than the Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers Jocelyn Seno of Davao del Norte, and Elmerito Gerigdig of Davao del Sur, present who also gave their Inspirational Message of Support. The Forum paved the way for an interaction between the farmer-organizations representatives and the financing, marketing and technology support organizations, in the concerns related to access to finance, market for their agri-products and technology support for rice, corn and coconut commodities.