The Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM), Inc. had a signing of the cooperation agreement with Green Valley College (GVC) last November 18, 2014 at the office of GVC.

The agreement signing was attended by FREEDOM’s Senior Adviser and Management Committee Member Reynaldo Legaste, and was also attended by GVC’s President Engr. Romeo Sustiguer.

The signing of the agreement will benefit the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) and the farmer equipment operators. The training that will be provided by GVC and FREEDOM, Inc. will result to the ARBOs being certified by TESDA.

FREEDOM’s part in the training is to provide basic training information materials to GVC such as the Common Services Facilities (CSF) Management Plan and the required formats for the CSF Operation Guidelines, maintenance of the CSFs in the ARBO’s communities, and preparation and use of the CSF Management Plan.

FREEDOM will also be in cooperation with research activities that could be utilized for pilot projects with GVC that will pursue agrarian reform communities in the region XII area.

GVC will be aiding FREEDOM with the development of the agricultural industry in the ARBOs in region XII using cost efficient farming technologies that will used to promote farm mechanization to improve farm incomes among ARBOs. GVC will also assist FREEDOM

with the implementation of the training on the CSFs Management and Operation Plan for the participating ARBOs in the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) programs.

Green Valley College is a college located in Koronadal City which upholds the advocacy to reach out to the marginalized sector of South Cotabato and Mindanao by means of education and trainings. With the signed agreement, the school has now engaged itself as part of the ARCCESS AES 2 project with FREEDOM.

As FREEDOM expands their partnerships, it also creates new connections with different people and institutions sharing the common goal of empowering rural and agricultural sectors in the country, most especially in Mindanao.

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