DAR joins ‘Kilos SAMBAYANAN’

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PIAnewlogo2017MANILA, July 17 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) joins the government’s initiatives in alleviating poverty through the National Anti-Poverty Commission’s (NAPC) launching of the “Kilos SAMBAYANAN (Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan.”

Agrarian Reform Justice on Wheels rolling soon

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PIAnewlogo2017URDANETA CITY, June 14 (PIA) - Just when people thought only those behind bars are being catered to by justice on wheels, another intervention will soon be rolling, this time for matters of agrarian reform. 

WB to co-finance $231-M agrarian reform project

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manila bulletin blue logoThe World Bank (WB)said that it will co-finance the $231-million agrarian reform project aimed at strengthening the capacity of farmer organizations, enhance the competitiveness of communities and nearby areas, as well as improve their access to markets.

World Bank OKs $99.3-million loan for PH agri project

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The World Bank has approved a $99.3-million loan to partly finance a project in the Philippines aimed at improving farmers’ competitiveness and market access.

In a statement Saturday, the Washington-based multilateral lender said its board of executive directors on June 9 approved financing for the Philippines’ $231-million Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness (Ipac) Project.

The Department of Agrarian Reform-led project will also be financed by the government ($131 million) as well as beneficiaries ($28 million).

The World Bank said about 300,000 farmers and farm workers stand to benefit from the project, which will “support the efforts of farmer organizations to improve productivity and the quality of products, as well as find more markets in order to raise farmers’ incomes.”

Among the targeted beneficiaries, 20 percent are poor and 30 percent are women, the World Bank said.

“The project, to be rolled out among agrarian reform community clusters across 44 provinces, will also help strengthen the capacity of farmer organizations to engage in commercial agriculture, provide extension services, develop enterprises, secure individual land titles for their members, and improve rural infrastructure,” the World Bank added.

The provinces that will benefit from the project include Abra, Aklan, Albay, Bataan, Basilan, Batangas, Benguet, Bohol, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Cebu, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Eastern Samar, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Isabela, La Union, Lanao del Sur, Leyte, Maguindanao, Marinduque, Masbate, Misamis Occidental, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Sarangani, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Sorsogon, Tarlac, Western Samar and Zambales.

“Through the project, farmers and other beneficiaries will be able to directly identify and implement activities that will empower them to improve their lives. As a long-term partner of the Philippines, the World Bank supports the country’s efforts to develop a competitive farming sector that may bring down poverty and vulnerability in rural areas,” said Mara Warwick, World Bank country director for the Philippines.

“The country’s agrarian reform program gives lands to landless farmers, but we don’t stop there,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano was quoted by the World Bank as saying. “Through the farmer-driven matching grants, Ipac will strengthen our efforts to help small-holder farmers and their organizations engage in sustainable agri-enterprise projects. This will raise their incomes and help them become self-reliant.”

According to the World Bank, the matching grants that will be channeled via farmers’ groups will fund construction of production facilities (such as green houses and nurseries), processing and marketing facilities, product development, production of high-value agricultural products, and promotion of food safety.

World Bank documents showed that the loan will mature in 25 years, with a grace period of 10 years.

Ipac was among the nine projects approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board, chaired by the President, during its first meeting under the Duterte administration last September.

The P10.2-billion Ipac “will enhance linkage of 300,000 farmers and 650 farmer organizations to viable markets and establish productive partnerships with relevant private enterprises, and is expected to generate 30,000 jobs for landless farmers and women,” Neda said last year.

According to Neda, Ipac “will focus on developing agribusiness synergies in financially-viable production of copra, organic and low-chem rice, cacao, cassava, coffee, oil palm, Muscovado sugar, abaca, and rubber.” KS

Source: http://business.inquirer.net/231164/world-bank-oks-99-3-million-loan-ph-agri-project

DAR issues guidelines for agrarian law implementation cases

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PIAnewlogo2017QUEZON CITY, May 30 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently issued rules of regulations amending Administrative Order (A.O.) No. 03, Series of 2003  on adjudication of cases involving Agrarian Law Implementation (ALI) to foster a just, inexpensive, and expeditious determination of agrarian case though A.O. No. 03, Series of 2017.

Unused Cotabato land should go to farmers

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manila bulletin blue logoThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is seeking the intervention of President Duterte for the distribution of some 3,800 hectares of reservation areas of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) to landless farmers.

DAR ties up with WEF to increase agri productivity

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manila bulletin blue logoThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has forged an agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) for the development and implementation of programs that will improve and increase agricultural productivity, and promote social protection and climate resilience in agrarian reform communities (ARCs).

‘4K Luisita farmers got conned’

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TheStandardAT LEAST 4,000 farmers from Hacienda Luisita Inc. in Tarlac were “duped” by local politicians and other influential personalities within the past three years since the distribution of the certificates of land ownership award by the Department of Agrarian Reform, the agency said Tuesday.