SAN FRANCISCO, AGUSAN SUR—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has taken steps in resolving issues confronting agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) through a re-validation of their awarded lands here.
DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Jose Z. Grageda said the department has started the re-validation process of ARBs of the National Guthrie Plantations Incorporated (NGPI) and National Guthrie Estates Incorporated (NGEI) lands located in Rosario and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.
“The re-validation process is DARs initial step towards resolving the various issues confronting the area and its beneficiaries,” Grageda said.
The entire re-documentation/validation process aims to segregate the lands not eligible for coverage out of the 7,927 hectares of lands turned-over by the National Development Corporation which was covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and distributed to farmer-beneficiaries in 1988. These lands were under lease by the NGPI and NGEI.
According to Grageda, at the close of the first day of the validation process, a total of 136 farmers were interviewed. “Ninety five of these are those from the 1988 original list while 41 are found to be potential beneficiaries,” he said.
DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang stressed that the interviews are just part of the gathering of information stage. “The qualification of the ARBs is a long process, but we are doing all our best to speed up the process so we can finish this activity at the soonest possible time.”
Ragandang said that with the pace of the interview, the department hopes to complete the interview of the 1988 ARBs and other potential ARBs by the end of June 2016. (Joie L. Ceballos)
Photo 1: DAR staff (in yellow) interviews a farmer during the re-validation/documentation of farmers’ awarded lands.
Photo 2: Undersecretary for Field Operations Jose Z. Grageda observing the re-validation acitivity.
Photo 3: Regional Director Julita Ragandang confers with a DAR staff during the re-validation activity.