After a regional briefing on October 13 at the Office of the Assistant Regional Director for Operation, the Annual Agrarian Reform Community Level of Development Assessment (ALDA) was conducted from October 19 to November 10 in Ilocos Norte by four teams from the BDCD provincial office, with one regional representative present in each team.
The ALDA’s objectives are: to determine the growth of the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) and the extent by which interventions of ARC players are translated concretely towards the ARB’s socio-economic and political empowerment; to classify the ARCs level of development and define appropriate interventions to be implemented towards ALDA improvement.
For this year, a total of 75 cooperatives in the province were evaluated.
In order to generate additional data for qualitative analysis, it was suggested that teams should know the effect of having every member of his farm land their respective roles in the land production as well members who wanted other services and the benefits gained, and those who do not want to avail of loans for some resources.
One of the significant questions was to know the effect of foreign-assisted projects in ARC development and its effect in maintaining the highest level of 5.
The findings at the provincial and municipal levels will be relayed to the ARCs and ARB organizations concerned for their information and improvement.
ALDA coordinator Labrador Cuadro emphasized that this activity is a good tool to be used as defense in budget hearings though some ARBs appreciate its significance to Department of Agrarian Reform employees.
Gertrude G. Albano, Contributor