CEBU CITY, Jan. 10 — The top officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is currently conducting a conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022.The conference entitled “Harmonization and Unification for a Common Strategic Direction” pursues to respond to changes in the DAR’s direction in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the introduction of the genuine agrarian reform program (GAR) of Secretary Rafael Mariano.
Policy and Planning Director Letecia Damole-Canales said Secretary Mariano, together with the new officials of the DAR, would elucidate to the bureaucracy the Secretary’s thrusts and policy directives for the department.
“Through this conference, the DAR organization would have a common perspective and understanding on how the department shall move forward and come up with unified efforts for the benefit of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), non-ARBs and farmworkers,” explained Canales.
Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said this is the first time Secretary Mariano is convening all the DAR officials from the central, regional and provincial offices.
“At the end of this conference, we will have a solid groundwork on how the department would fulfill its targets to better serve the farmers,” Bistyong said.
The planning conference is being held at the Montebello Villa Hotel on Jan. 9-13, 2017. (DAR)