DAR constructs road, installs potable water for coffee farmers in Surigao Sur

news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 12 2018TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur – Coffee farmers from the interior areas in this municipality will no longer have a hard time transporting their products months from now as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) began the concreting of a farm-to-market road from Sitio Mabuhay to Barangay Kahayagan.

A groundbreaking ceremony led by DAR 13 Regional Director Engr. Felix B. Aguhob and Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso was held last February 6, 2018 in Brgy. Kahayagan, Tagbina, Surigao Sur.

Aguhob said the concreting of the 4.67-kilometer road is funded under the DAR Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development (ConVERGE).

“This road project worth P30.9 million is expected to aid the value-chain process of the coffee products in Tagbina,” Aguhob added.

Mayor Naraiso, for his part, thanked the DAR in behalf of the people of Tagbina.

“Out of 19 municipalities in Surigao del Sur, it is our Tagbina who is blessed to have this road and water project,” the mayor said.

Along with the kick-off of the road construction was the groundbreaking of a potable water system project in Sitio Mabuhay.

Aguhob said the water system project will be a great help in the production and processing cycle of coffee farms.news reg 1 pix 2 feb. 12 2018

Strengthening of support services to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) is among the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to DAR.

The President’s mandate has also been reiterated by Secretary John R. Castriciones during his visits to the regions and provinces since January of this year.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Benjamin Mataksil encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries and the community to take care of the project.

“Let us work together so that these projects will help realize the dreams of Tagbina coffee farmers for a better quality of life,” he stressed.

Arlyn Ruiz, chairwoman of the Kahayagan Water System Sanitation Association (KAWASA) said the water project will greatly help not only in their livelihood but more so in their day to day living.

She furthered that with easier household chores, they will have enough time to attend to their children and their livelihood.

Seventy (70) households in addition to the existing 300 households would benefit from the P2 million potable water project.

news reg 1 pix 3 feb. 12 2018For Carmelita Samoya, member of the Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative (MKCGC), the road project, which they have been dreaming for a long time, will greatly help them in their coffee production and processing business.

“Finally, we can now experience a better road. Thanks to the DAR”, Sayoma said.

The MKCGC started with 140 member-farmers who are recipients of land award from the DAR in 2010 but have started growing coffee since 1965.

Under Project ConVERGE, the MKCGC will be the lead organization of the Coffee Production, Rejuvenation, Processing and Marketing project.

Project ConVERGE is jointly funded by the Government of the Philippines represented by DAR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). (Joie L. Ceballos/DAR CARAGA)

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110.8 hectares gov’t lands distributed to farmers in Surigao Sur

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 31 2018FARMERS who have been tilling government lands for years in a town in Surigao del Sur have all the reasons to celebrate this year as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)  facilitated the distribution of their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) last Tuesday, January 30.

A total of 61 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received their respective CLOAs that covered around 110.8 hectares of government lands that are part of barangays Anahao, Bago, Badong, Lindoy and Bangsud all in the town of Tago, Surigao del Sur.

DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Karlo S. Bello said that this is the beginning of continued agricultural development in the province of Surigao del Sur.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 31 2018

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered us (DAR) to give the farmers what is due to them. He wants to make good on his promise to uplift the economic lives of our landless farmers that is why he wants to hasten the distribution of lands in the countryside,” Bello said.

Bello revealed that last year, the DAR has improved its performance. “We were able to accomplish in three months what the past administration can do in nine months,” he pointed out.

Bello also added that the President Duterte wants individual titling of lands for the beneficiaries, not the collective CLOAs.

The Undersecretary also recognized the collective effort of the DAR personnel in this province for helping the farmers achieve their dreams.

DAR CARAGA Regional Director Engr. Felix B. Aguhob also emphasized during the distribution ceremony that the ARB will only need to pay taxes since the awarded lands are government owned.

news reg 1 pix 4 jan. 31 2018Aguhob also urged the farmers to make the newly-awarded lands productive.

“DAR is here to help you cultivate the lands as we are mandated to provide you the necessary assistance and support services to develop the properties and be more productive to improve your economic lives,” he said.

Farmer-beneficiary Pablito Montero, 71 years old, said that he is very happy to finally own a land he was dreaming of for years.

“I may be old to possess this land, but at least my children will own this when I leave this world,” he said.

The distribution of CLOAs was also graced by Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel who lauded DAR for the continuing support to the farmers in the area.news reg 1 pix 5 jan. 31 2018

Pimentel also challenged the ARBs to develop their farmlands to show that the efforts of DAR are not wasted.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Benjamin Mataksil said that they will double their efforts in empowering the farmers especially now that President Duterte has expressed full support to the department.

The CLOA distribution on Tuesday was also covered by the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) of DAR Central Office headed by Director Leomides R. Villareal.

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IPs join forum on entrepreneurship

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 6 2017BUTUAN CITY—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted an entrepreneurship forum for the indigenous peoples (IPs) to help increase their income from their enterprise operations.

Some 200 IPs belonging to various tribes attended the forum hosted by the DAR’s Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE), a flagship project of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

DAR Regional Director Felix Aguhob, who is also the project’s Regional Manager explained that ConVERGE aims to promote sustainable livelihood activities of farmers and IPs based on key commodities of Mindanao regions, such as rice, rubber, coffee and cassava among others.

“The forum expects to integrate the IPs in the entrepreneurial activities of ConVERGE. We are targeting not only the IPs but also the women and the youth to benefit from the project,” said Aguhob.

Aguhob said under the project 30 percent increase in income is expected to include at least 15 percent of the indigenous peoples in areas where it is possible.

IP communities are among the priorities for the implementation of development programs and services under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year, President Duterte recognized the issuances of Ancestral Certificates Domain Titles (ACDTs) to various IP groups in the country that served as legal tools to improve financially, economically and socially their respective communities.

During the forum, five IP entrepreneurs shared their business practices in their existing enterprise operations.  They are Daniel Viscaya of Trento, Agusan Sur; Heidy Ilaga of Santiago, Agusan Norte; Rosilito Rosell of Libona, Bukidnon, and Rosalinda Camarador and Rolando Penuela of Zamboanga del Sur.

Rosell, Production Manager of the Kapehan Multi-Purpose Cooperative shared that IPs are involved in entrepreneurial activities. “We are starting and we are seeing where we are going. From our initial capital, we have blown to some assets,” he added.

IFAD Management Consultant for Project ConVERGE Gomer Tumbali shared the existing profile of IP entrepreneurs in regions 9, 10 and Caraga. He furthered on how the sector can be of help, and how they can benefit from the project.news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 6 2017

ConVERGE National Project Director Faisar Mambuay, said that the IP Forum was only the initial stage of the many sectoral consultations for the project. “We will also conduct a forum for the youth and the women, to ensure that they will be benefitted by the project.”

Attendees were from IP groups namely the Subanon of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte; the Higaonons, Tala-andig and Camiguin IPs of Region 10. In Caraga region, the IP groups whon attended were the Mamanwa’s, Manobos, Tubano, Tausog, and Mandaya.

Project ConVERGE is a joint partnership of DAR and IFAD. The two-day IP forum was held in this city last Nov. 7-8, 2017. (Joie Ceballos/DAR-CARAGA)

Photo 1: DAR Regional Director Felix Aguhob, who is also the project’s Regional Manager welcomed the participants and guests to the forum.

Photo 2: Indigenous peoples of Mindanao sharing their business practices in their existing enterprise operations.

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Bistoyong highlights DAR’s anti-poverty programs and projects

news reg 11111 pix 1 oct. 23 2017Quezon City – The second leg of the government’s human development and poverty reduction forum dubbed as “Kilos SAMBAYANAN" (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan) was simultaneously held in six strategic locations in the country on Friday, October 20, specifically in Vigan City, Naga City, Butuan City, Davao City, Cebu City and at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Auditorium in Quezon City.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), together with other line agencies of the government, converged to strengthen the implementation of “Kilos Sambayanan” with the objective of addressing the 10 basic needs of the poor, specifically on food, land reform, water, shelter, health, education, work, social protection, healthy environment, peace and participation.

The program is initiated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO).

In her presentation on Friday, Agrarian reform Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong highlighted DAR’s anti-poverty programs and projects that benefited thousands of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in the country.

“Agrarian reform is not just distributing lands to landless farmers. Agrarian reform through its three major components– Land Tenure Improvement (LTI), Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) and Agrarian Justice Delivery (AJD) help the rural poor, specifically, the farmers in increasing their income and improving their living conditions,” Bistoyong emphasized.

The land, she pointed out, is the life of every farmer in the country where foods are grown, houses are founded and communities are established.

Under DAR’s support services office, farmers’ organizations and agrarian reform communities are provided with modern farm machines like threshers and heavy tractors and infrastructure projects such as bridges, farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities and communal irrigation systems, Bistoyong stressed.

“DAR also helps in accessing credit lines and conducts various farmers’ training on modern farming and basic business principles to help them become well-rounded farmer-businessmen,” she added.news reg 11111 pix 2 oct. 23 2017

“We are bringing Kilos SAMBAYANAN closer to the poor and marginalized sectors because our goal is to create a strong mass movement, politically and economically empowered to ensure that their needs are being addressed by their government, through active participation in governance and nationalist development,” NAPC secretary Liza Maza said.

Aside from the DAR, other government agencies working on the program include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

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