MOA signing – The signing of the agreement serves as a go signal for MARBFC to supply their corn harvest to Pilmico, which will serve a portion of its corn requirements. By providing a market opportunity for the local farmer’s group, the company has also channeled its support to DA’s Corn Program of augmenting corn farmers’ incomes and quality of their lives. Also joining the signatories of the agreement are DA-10 personnel, Pilmico staff, representatives of MAO-Manolo Fortich and MARBFC.


Cagayan de Oro City – Department of Agriculture (DA)-assisted farmer’s group, the Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmer’s Cooperative (MARBFC) has now an assured market for its quality corn produce through Pilmico Foods, Corp. under its Inclusive Sourcing Project.

This, after the parties have officially sealed its partnership by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on March 7, 2018, held in the city.

Under the agreement, Pilmico will be directly sourcing corn from the cooperative, which will serve a portion of its corn requirements.

Such undertaking is the corporation’s advocacy in advancing businesses and communities and in support to DA’s Corn Program of improving farmers’ incomes and quality of their lives.

“We aim to fulfill our promise to our stakeholders by providing solutions and building partnerships for growth. Pursuant to this goal, we have selected and we are happy that we will be partnering with MARBFC for the launching of this pilot project,” Wawi Tago, project manager of Pilmico remarked.

Despite experiencing setbacks in commanding better prices for their produce by other corn buyers, Benjamin J. Magtajas, Jr., chairman of the board of directors of MARBFC, expressed his gratitude as they see brighter prospects with the solicited help from the government and private sector alike.

Tungod ani nga programa hinaut nga mapaabot kini sa atong [agriculture] secretary nga this is the first time nga napamatud-an namo sa mga farmers, kami diay farmers puwede ng mo-direct [link] sa dagkong kompanya [Through this program, I hope that it will reach the secretary, that it is our first time, that we, the farmers, can attest that it is possible for us to directly link with big companies for our market],” the chairman said.

He added that through the assistance they have received from DA in close coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Manolo Fortich through the Municipal Agriculture’s Office (MAO), they are now empowered and ready to take on the challenge of supplying their product to Pilmico, especially so that they have stringent requirements for their corn.

“We are very thankful for DA through the Corn Program, nga nagtabang gyud sa amoa, sa MAO ug sa among mayor nga usa mi sa coop nga dunay kompletong facilities in terms of drying sa corn. Mao ng, we are very proud ug magpasalig mi sa Pilmico nga kung unsa ilang marketing requirement sa mais, kaya namong i-suplay [We are very thankful for DA through the Corn Program, who has assisted us, including MAO and our mayor, that we are one of the cooperatives provided with complete drying facilities for corn. With this, we are very proud and we commit to Pilmico that we will supply them with corn according to their marketing requirement],” Magtajas assured.

Working hand-in-hand with LGU-Manolo Fortich, DA has primarily provided assistance to MARBFC through the provision of post-harvest and drying facilities such as units of sheller, corn cob dryer, solar dryer, mechanical dryer, warehouse, village type dryer, mobile harvester and silo.

Meanwhile, DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA lauded the corporation, saying that their efforts are also in line with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol’s directive of forming alliances between the public and private sector to bring prosperity to the agriculture sector.

“Pilmico has indeed strategized in helping the cooperative, as they will purchase corn produce directly from MARBFC, eliminating traders, thus, providing more income to farmers,” the director explained.

He added that agency under the tutelage of the DA chief will continue to support farmers in ensuring lower cost of production and increased yield with the department’s focus on mechanization, credit, technology and marketing.

“Welcome as we embrace a new strategy, a partnership in providing livelihood opportunities and technical assistance with hope of improving their lives,” Collado said.

Pilmico project manager Tago even noted, saying: “we hope that the successful turnout of this [inclusive sourcing] project will serve as a springboard for similar endeavors.”

Signing the agreement are Tristan Roberto Aboitiz, chief operations officer of Pilmico and Benjamin J. Magtajas, Jr., board of directors chairman of MARBFC, in the presence of OIC-Regional Director of DA-RFO 10 Carlene C. Collado, CPA, Manolo Fortich Mayor Clive D. Quiño, and Government Relations Officer Christopher M. Camba of Aboitiz Equity Ventures.

Also witnessing the MOA signing are DA-10 Assistant Regional Director Engr. Roxana H. Hojas, CESO IV and other support staff, Pilmico personnel, other MARBFC officials, representatives from the Bank of the Philippine Islands, and the media. #

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