On September 13, 2017, an Orientation on the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)’s Information Technology-Enabled Maturity Assessment or ITEMA was held at the CDA Multipurpose Hall as a benchmark for developing information system for cooperatives.

ITEMA is a system developed by DAR to come up with comprehensive and realistic results of assessing the levels of maturity of the DAR – assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs). Comprehensive and updated information and report can readily generate from the IT system.

During the Orientation, DAR, through its representatives, Mr. Emmanuel Fallaria, Chief of Monitoring and Evaluation Division, and Ms. Vinia Mariano, IT Consultant, generously shared with the CDA how the ITEMA runs and its usefulness in providing reports to their agency.

The members of the CDA Executive Committee who attended the Orientation recognized the importance of this IT system and recommended to adopt similar system for gathering information on cooperatives.