Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE)

The DEPERTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM (DAR) is implementing the Project Converge on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE), to help increase the productivity and generate income to reduce poverty of about 38, 000 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in eleven (11) Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) Clusters in Region IX, X and CARAGA through value-chain agribusiness infrastructure and institutional development support. The project will be implemented from 2015 to 2021with funding support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). DAR will implement the Project in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs), other National Government Agencies (NGAs), Academic Institutions (AIs), National Government Organizations (NGOs), and private service providers. The Central Project Management Office (CPMO) will be based in Cagayan de Oro City and Butuan City.

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Invitation to Nominate Candidates for the Private Sector Representatives to the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council

The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat is inviting all interested groups, preferably federations/alliances/umbrella organizations and other networks, of farmer-beneficiaries and affected landowners of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) nationwide, to nominate candidates for the Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) to the PARC who will serve under the new Administration.

Pursuant to Section 17 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9700 or the CARP Extension with Reform (CARPER) Law, the PSRs will have an equal representation of the farmer-beneficiaries (FBs) and affected landowners (LOs) with six (6) members each. Two (2) from each sector will come from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, provided that at least one (1) of them shall come from the indigenous peoples (IP), and at least one (1) of them shall come from a duly recognized national organization of rural women or a national organization of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) with a substantial number of women members.

Successful nominees will represent their respective sectors (farmers or landowners) during the meetings of the PARC, which is the highest policy-making and governing body for the CARP, and its Executive Committee (ExCom). They will be appointed by the President of the Philippines and their tenure of Office is coterminous with the appointing authority.

As supporting documents, the nominees shall submit the following: 1. Nominating entity’s certification as required for each set of criteria; 2. latest bio-data; 3. (1) one ID picture;          4. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance; and 5. police clearance.

Please submit your nomination, together with the said requirements, to the following:

Director Teresita L. Panlilio
PARC Secretariat
3rd Floor, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Building
Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

Telephone Nos. 456-4341 and 454-7135

In screening the candidates, please be guided by the following PARC ExCom-issued criteria:

General Criteria

  1. Must be able to express himself/herself well in either English or Filipino.
  2. Must be of good moral character.
  3. Must be an active member of the organization he/she is representing.
  4. Must have profound knowledge and high level of social awareness on agrarian reform programs and related issues.
  5. Must be able to communicate/articulate his/her position on specific issues/concerns.
  6. Must exhibit high social responsibility and concern for the group he/she will represent.
  7. Must exhibit gender sensibility.
  8. Must exhibit a non-discriminatory attitude for all people regardless of ethnicity/race, religion, and financial/social status.
  9. Must exhibit leadership qualities.
  10. Must be certified to have these general qualifications by the nominating entity.

Specific Criteria for Farmer Representatives

  1. Must exhibit active involvement in government programs particularly those that are related to agriculture and agrarian reform.
  2. Must be a farmer leader who demonstrates cooperation and receptiveness to the CARP or must be any of the following: agricultural share tenants, agricultural lessees, regular/seasonal farm workers, actual tillers of abandoned lands, landless agricultural farmworkers, actual landless tillers/occupants of public lands or owner-cultivators.
  3. If representing indigenous peoples, must be certified as such by the national or field office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
  4. If a woman, must come from a duly recognized national organization of rural women or a national organization of agrarian reform beneficiaries with a substantial number of women members, certified as such by that particular organization.
  5. Must be certified to have both the required general qualifications and these specific qualifications for Farmer Sector Representatives by the nominating entity.

Specific Criteria for Landowners Representatives

  1. Must be at least a high school graduate.
  2. Must be a successful and active agricultural producer for at least five (5) years.
  3. Must possess landholdings covered by any agrarian reform programs of the government and which have considerable number of share-tenants, lessees or hired regular/seasonal laborers.
  4. Must indicate cooperation and receptiveness to the CARP and the provisions of the CARPER Law.
  5. Must be certified to have both the required general qualifications and these proposed specific qualifications for Landowners Representatives by the nominating entity.


DAR Central Office Now ISO 9001:2008 Certified

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) central office is now International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certified after careful and deliberate preparation by the top management and employees which led to two successful audits in 2015.


The DAR has acquired the ISO 9001:2008 certification effective April 29, 2016 as the Lead Implementing Agency of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program; undertakes land tenure improvement; governance services; development of program beneficiaries and agrarian justice delivery in the Philippines. It covered a total of 87 submitted DAR procedural processes in the various offices of DAR central.
The certification was awarded on May 23, 2016. Ms. Elsa G. Purificacion and Mr. Norlito M. Suelo of the GIC Philippines conferred the award to Sec. de los Reyes and other officials present. 
Sec. de los Reyes expressed gratitude to all those who took part in the certification process, particularly during the 1st and 2nd Stage audit which were conducted last year. He said, “This certification is a collective effort of DAR’s employees and top management. It signifies the continued improvement of DAR’s service to its stakeholders.” 
The ISO 9001 is based on a number of quality management principles which includes the following elements: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management.

Earlier on, the provincial office of DAR-North Cotabato passed the ISO 9001:2008 certification audit on January 21, 2016 and an awarding ceremony took place on April 18, 2016 during the First Quarterly Formative Assessment 2016 Conference for all PARPOs in Clark, Pampanga.

The ISO 9001:2008 audits for both offices were conducted by the Guardian Independent Certification Ltd (GIC) Philippines, a Philippine-based third-party certification body accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).