DAR spearheads landowners forum and investment counseling in SurSur

piaLIANGA, Surigao del Sur, July 5 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office of Surigao del Sur recently conducted the Landowner’s Forum and Investment Counseling held at Brgy. Kansilad in this town.

According to DAR Information Officer Myra Yu, the participants in the said forum were all landowners whose landholdings were covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program through Voluntary Offer to Sell (VOS).         

The said activity serves as the venue for the landowners in discussing issues with DAR and line agency officials on matters relating to the processing of their covered landholdings. 

Yu said that the representatives from the line agencies like Provincial Assessor's Office, Provincial Treasurer's Office and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) – Land Valuation Office gave some inputs that enlightened the landowners in terms of tax clearances and fees including the mode of valuation on their properties applied for VOS. 

It was also learned that the representative from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) gave an orientation and encouragement on how to invest and engage in business related to agricultural production thus maximizing their retention areas.

Meanwhile, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Benjamin M. Mataksil made clarifications with the landowners that DAR is an implementing agency of CARP as mandated under Republic Act (R.A.) 6657 and amended by R.A. 9700 to cover and distribute private agricultural lands. The office is just following what is stipulated in the laws, he added. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1741467645375/dar-spearheads-landowners-forum-and-investment-counseling-in-sursur