The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has conducted the first batch of a training course for farmer-beneficiaries in Nueva Ecija on operations and management of Common Service Facilities (CSF).
Under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (Arcess) project, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said that it commissioned Searca for the conduct of a training course on the system of use, maintenance, operation and troubleshooting of CSFs.
“The training aims to refresh the key staff of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations [ARBO] on CSFs’ technical features and proper use, as well as provide a venue for discussion and technical advice on key issues encountered in the operation and management of CSFs,” DAR said.
The workshop also aims to gather and consolidate technical and operational factors as inputs for crafting the CSF Manual for the ARBOs.
The first day of the two-day training, held in Cabanatuan City, was dedicated to provide lectures on major topics involving CSFs, namely, mechanization and general systems operation, technical specifications of the equipment provided by DAR to the ARBO, and issues and concerns of the users.
The second day, which was held in General Natividad, Talabutab Norte, Nueva Ecija, was devoted to hands-on coaching, demonstration, and workshop on proper operation and maintenance of CSF units.
The coaching session involved the review of each equipment covering five topics—including safety procedures, operational requirement, preventive maintenance, service and repairs, as well as troubleshooting.
Dr. Arnold Elepaño, dean of the College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), served as the lead resource person for the training.
He was assisted by five technicians from the Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Dealers Association, the Equipment Dealer for CSFs in Nueva Ecija. Other members of the Searca Project Team who were present in the training are, Prof. Jimmy Williams, project team leader, Prof. Mayo Grace Amit, training specialist, and Dr. Cesar Quicoy, farm management specialist.
A total of 28 participants, four from each of the seven ARBOs, attended the training. Searca has been supportive in building the capacities of ARBOs which will help make farmer-beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform program more productive.