DAR shifts focus on support services

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piaCAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 14 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) now shifts its focus on empowering farmers, rural workers, and indigenous people by providing holistic program of support services.

DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Marcos Risonar in an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) said they have to address the challenge of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in maintaining the land awarded to them. “Fifteen percent of the DAR budget is now allocated to support services; this will be used to purchase farm implements, construction of farm to market roads, farm capital, and trainings among others,” he said.

To ensure that property remains productive, it is now a policy of the agency to prepare the farmers before handing the certificate of land ownership (CLOA).

Assistant Director for Land Tenure Improvement Engr. Joey Sumatra, at the same time stressed that apart from the support services there will be a drastic change also in the distribution and acquisition of lands.

“As compared before, we will now focus in private agricultural lands, expect resistance from the land owners, that’s why it has to be done with quality instead of counting on numbers for accomplishment to ensure solid tenurial stability,” Sumatra said.

Land owners likewise will receive just payment for the value of their land in accordance to the parameters set by the law. (JCV/PIA 10)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1471476438836/dar-shifts-focus-on-support-services