SEC inks partnership with DAR to assist ARBOs

IBA, Zambales — Securities and Exchange Commission-Tarlac Extension Office (SEC-TEO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Bataan and Zambales Provincial Office.

Under the MOA, SEC will assist and capacitate the agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in their SEC registration and in securing all SEC regulatory requirements under the SEC Communication, Advocacy, and Network initiative.

SEC TEO Director Richard Laus said they are currently establishing effective linkages, communications, and collaborative activities with all stakeholders on investor protection, education and advocacies, including those associations being assisted by DAR.

“This partnership will fast-track the SEC registration of the ARBOs and to increase the awareness and understanding of their officers and members on investor education, online filing of SEC annual reports, financial literacy, and investment scam prevention,” he said.

For his part, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Emmanuel Aguinaldo expressed his full support for this collaboration to assist the ARBOs in acquiring juridical personality as an organization.

He added that this partnership will capacitate the ARBOs in complying with their SEC annual reports which will help them to avoid penalties and maintain good standing with the Commission.

Last May, a total of 10 newly-organized ARBOs in Bataan were assisted by the two agencies in the processing of their SEC registration and the releasing of their certificates of incorporation through the SEC One-stop Shop Caravan on company registration and investor education.

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