DAR celebrates 26th CARP anniv; bares significant accomplishments

piaBUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) – In celebration of its 26th year of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga convened the local media and reported its significant accomplishments, as well as activities for this year.

In a press conference held at the Robinson's Place here, DAR-Caraga regional director Faisar Mambuay thanked the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga for its untiring support and info-dissemination of DAR's programs and services to the public. He also appreciated the efforts of the local media in the promotions of the farmers’ welfare.

Mambuay disclosed that around 122,264 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) with 259,220 hectares have benefited in the DAR's Land Tenure Improvement. "First of the major programs of CARP is the Land Tenure Improvement which re-distributes land to qualified landless farmers," he said.

Mambuay added that DAR-Caraga has been a consistent performer in land distribution with over 100 percent accomplishment from its annual target in the past 12 years.

"In 2013, 147 percent of DAR's Land Acquisition and Distribution was delivered by the region making Caraga number 2 in accomplishment by percentage. There was a total of 9,588 target beneficiaries in this program while this year 2014, the region is faced with its 23,027 hectares target," announced Mambuay.

Mambuay further relayed that the second of the major programs of CARP provided for various support services and interventions to farmer beneficiaries to ensure continuous improvement of their quality of life.  

"The CARP program will not end in June 30, 2014 instead this will continue until President Aquino's term. We will continue to move forward and provide the services to our farmers," Mambuay emphasized.

It can be recalled that the CARP is an agrarian reform law of the Philippines passed in 1988. In this program, all lands exceeding seven hectares were bought by the government and sold to the landless farmers.

Meanwhile, it was also learned that DAR-Caraga is spearheading this year's International Year of Family Farming in the country, with the Department of Agriculture and other partner-agencies. "Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector," he explained.

The good director also urged Caraganon farmers to register their farm land and their products at DAR to avail of the insurance in times of disasters.

Among its other activities, the DAR-Caraga is also staging the "Ani at Biyaya ng CARP" Photo Gallery at the 2nd floor of Robinson's Place, Butuan City. The gallery will run until June 22, 2014. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2041402971638