The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has revealed the ongoing construction of a village-level dairy processing center in Barangay Porais, San Jose, Nueva Ecija to serve members of the Simula ng Panibagong Bukas (SIPBU) Multi-Purpose Cooperative based in the area.
The SIPBU MPC is part of the San Jose City agrarian reform community (ARC).
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Eden B. Ponio said the construction of the 2-story building started on May 25, and is expected to be completed by the end of September.
The project will benefit a total of 78 members of SIPBU MPC, consisting of 57 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
She said the construction of the 147-square-meter 2-story building within the 420-square-meter lot of the SIPBU MPC, will hold a 63.5-square- meter dairy milk processing facility.
“The SIPBU MPC is among the DAR-assisted agrarian reform beneficiary organizations [ARBOs] which availed the business development service with support facility under the Village Level Farm Focused Enterprise Development [VLFED] of the DAR,” Ponio said.
She added the VLFED project amounts to P464,000.00 comprising of materials and training for the first year and P370,000.00 for the second year, with the San Jose local government unit (LGU) providing their counterpart construction materials amounting to P700,000.00 and the ARBO providing their counterpart materials and labor amounting to P1,800.000.00.
“The VLFED project aims to enhance the products of farmers through the provision of appropriate facilities and equipment,” she said.
Ponio added that the VLFED project aims to establish a sustainable Income-Generating Project (IGP) in the area and provide additional income to the ARBs, develop rural-based entrepreneurs, upgrade the production, processing, packaging, distribution, and marketing of products, and, at the same time augment the ARBO’s income.
SIPBU MPC chairman Freddie Carlos expressed their excitement over the completion of the processing center. He said that by then, the co-operative members can start working together to produce pasteurized milk and choco milk products with a common goal of helping and making their endeavor beneficial not only to the officers and members of the cooperative but also to the whole community of San Jose.