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Apayao farmers receive P35.6-M road, bridge project from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 june 18 2017APAYAO, Cordillera Administrative Region—Efforts to improve the economic condition of farming communities here got a big boost as Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano turned-over to the local government a P35.6 million road and bridge project.

“Roads are vital components in the department’s drive to spur rural development in farm communities. This concreted road and bridge would greatly help farmers bring their farm products to the market faster and easier,” said Mariano.

DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari said the road and bridge benefits four barangays namely Allig, Sta. Maria, Balluyan and Malayugan. She said the roads get are rocky and gets very muddy when it rains. The Allig river should, a shallow river, had to be crossed to get to the other side of the road.

“More than 500 farm-households are now benefitting from this road and bridge project. Transportation and transporting farm yield is now faster. More vehicles now ply the bridge and concreted road,” Mallari said.

Lorena Cabarong, a 24-year-old school teacher said going to school is now easier with the road especially with the construction of the bridge. “Before, we would take the longer route to avoid crossing the river. With the concreted road and bridge, we now get to the school a lot faster and without getting our feet muddy and wet,” said Cabarong.news reg 1 pix 2 june 18 2017

The project was implemented under the DAR’S Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP). It commenced construction in September 2014 and was completed in June 2016.  The project was in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Apayao Governor Elias Bulut, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the implementing agencies. 

“This road would make transporting agri-products faster. We expect the trade and commerce here to greatly improve,” said Bulut.

After the project turnover, Secretary Mariano with Undersecretary Mallari and Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, distributed certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) covering 770 hectares to 1,163 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). The agricultural lands are located in Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

news reg 1 pix 3 june 18 2017Mariano advised the ARBs not to sell their CLOAs nor convert their farmlands into other uses to ensure food security.

The turn-over ceremony and CLOA distribution was attended by DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Deogracias Almora, Apayao Vice Gov. Remy Albano, Flora Mayor Rodolfo Juan, Vice Mayor Jessica De San Jose and District Engineer Daisy Maralag. (30)

Photo 1: Secretary Rafael Mariano (with red head band) and Apayao Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr., cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the turnover of the bridge and farm-to-market road project to the local government of Flora, Apayao. Also in photo: Flora Mayor and Vice Mayor Rodolfo Juan and Jessica de San Jose.

Photo 2: Sec. Mariano inspects the bridge before turning it over to the local government of Flora, Apayao.

Photo 3: Secretary Mariano was hugged by CLOA beneficiary Dick Evasco. Looking on were Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr. and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Deogracias Almora.

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DAR awards land titles to Cordillera farmers; turns over P137.4-M infra projects

news reg 1 pix 1 june 16 2017TABUK CITY, Kalinga (June 15, 2017)--1,163 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) were teary-eyed as Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano distributed certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to them.

Together with Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari and Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, Mariano led the distribution of CLOAs covering more than 700 hectares of agricultural lands located in Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

“I was jumping for joy when I received the CLOA. The land I till now is mine. And most importantly, I now have something to leave my children with when I die,” said f armer Clifford Caleda from the municipality of Rizal, Kalinga. 

“The CLOAs are just the first step towards more support from the government. The DAR has completed infrastructure projects for farmers here,” Mariano said.

According to Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, the department has finished various infrastructure projects scheduled for turn over today. 

“These projects are farm-to-market roads and communal irrigation projects worth P137.4 million. We expect that these project would greatly help boost the agri-production of farmer here,” said Mallari.

After distributing CLOAs to agrarian reform beneficiaries, Mariano assisted by Mallari, turned over three farm-to-market roads and five communal irrigation systems. 

DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson said, the roads, namely the Bugnay-Buscalan-Butbut, the Cagaluan-Ableg in Kalinga and the Sta. Maria-Allig road in Apayao would connect farm communities to major market centers. 

“These roads would also help not only the farmers but also the people in the community. They now have concrete roads, transportation is now easy for everyone,” said Ayson.news reg 1 pix 2 june 16 2017

Also turned over were five communal irrigation system located in Pangul and Pasil, Kalinga. Ayson said the irrigation system would irrigate more than 200 hectares of farm lands.

After the project turn over, Mariano oriented the DAR employees of CAR on genuine agrarian reform.

The CLOA Distribution and project turnover was held at the Capitol Gymnasium, Bulanao, Tabuk City. 

Photo 1: Sec. Rafael Mariano awards CLOAs to agrarian reform beneficiaries of Kalinga. Also in photo Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson and Acting Kalinga Governor James S. Edduba.

Photo 2: Sec. Mariano and the DAR officials pose with farmers with their land titles.

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DAR advocates for the growth of farm communities in the Cordilleras

news reg 2 pix 1 may 12 2017Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson recently visited remote agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the Cordilleras to check the status of various infrastructure projects of the department.

Ayson said the validation and inspection of completed and on-going projects was conducted to identify problems in project implementation and to evaluate the impact of these projects to the farmers.

“This project inspection will help us overcome problems that will arise in the delivery of programs and projects of the department. After assessment of each project, we made action plans to resolve these obstacles,” said Ayson.

In the array of validation and inspection of the numerous DAR projects in the provinces especially those not yet fully completed, problem solving sessions were done to ascertain the reasons for the delays and the appropriate remedial measures. 

In Kalinga, the P43.50 million Bugnay-Buscalan-Butbut farm-to-market road in Tinglayan was completed just after the Ayson’s visit on March 3, 2017. Likewise, the implementation of the P44.5 million Eheb-Impugong road in Tinoc was very much affected by the effects of climate change where there is rapid rainfall and high humidity.  Similarly, the unfinished works in the Wallayan-Abbatan-Bot-oan road in Buguias, Benguet is expected to be completed within this month.  

“Notwithstanding, these road networks are still considered as functional or operational because while the projects are being done, these [infrastructure projects] are still being used by farmers and commuters,” Ayson said.news reg 2 pix 2 may 12 2017

The completed infrastructure projects like irrigation, post-harvest facilities and potable water supply were complemented with agricultural extension and business development services funded under the Agrarian Reform Community Enhancement Support Services (ARCESS).  

In the implementation of the projects in the ARCs, a number of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) were selected as subject organizations in the implementation of the extension and business development services.  

“Farm machines like tractors, threshers, shredders and flatbed dryers were distributed to these ARBOs as additional support for the infrastructure projects,” said Ayson.

In Ayson’s recent visit in the remote Tinoc ARC in Ifugao, she assured the farmers that the DAR is there to help them improve their lives through infrastructures and agricultural development programs. (Jane Toribio) 

Photos: Project validation and inspection of farm-to-market roads.

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DAR distributes land titles in Benguet

cloa dist 2017Tuba, Benguet-  Fifty-two (52) farmers finally received  their land titles over the lands that  they have tilled and fought for by their descendants for centuries during the distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in Ligay, Camp 1, Tuba, Benguet.

Former DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said the titled agricultural land has a total area of 59.6759 hectares and subdivided into 80 lots.

During the distribution, Tobias reminded the beneficiaries not to sell their titles and continue to  improve the lands for the sake of their children, and grandchildren.

Nemesia Batang Dominguez, 73 years old widow, who is the eldest beneficiary and mother of nine, said that, she and her children are finally assured  of their ownership over the land after 59 years of tilling the property.

She disclosed that she was born in Ligay during evacuation time (World War II) but she traces her bloodline from Kabayan, Benguet.  Nevertheless, they called Ligay their home and she and her siblings started working on the soil as soon as they were able to.

“I worked full-time on the land at the age of fourteen (14). We plant mostly camote, ginger, beans and tomatoes.  I still continue to do so but at a slower and lighter pace since I am now getting old,” Dominguez said.

Also present during the CLOA distribution were; Assistant Director Resty Osias, Provincial DAR Officer Robert Ampaguey, Municipal Officials, Barangay Officials and DAR personnel.

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Apayao farmers receive P35.6-M road, bridge project from DAR

APAYAO, Cordillera Administrative Region—Efforts to improve the economic condition of farming communities here got a big boost as Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano turned-over to the local government a P35.6 million road and bridge… Read More..