DAR advocates for the growth of farm communities in the Cordilleras

news reg 2 pix 1 may 12 2017Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson recently visited remote agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the Cordilleras to check the status of various infrastructure projects of the department.

Ayson said the validation and inspection of completed and on-going projects was conducted to identify problems in project implementation and to evaluate the impact of these projects to the farmers.

“This project inspection will help us overcome problems that will arise in the delivery of programs and projects of the department. After assessment of each project, we made action plans to resolve these obstacles,” said Ayson.

In the array of validation and inspection of the numerous DAR projects in the provinces especially those not yet fully completed, problem solving sessions were done to ascertain the reasons for the delays and the appropriate remedial measures. 

In Kalinga, the P43.50 million Bugnay-Buscalan-Butbut farm-to-market road in Tinglayan was completed just after the Ayson’s visit on March 3, 2017. Likewise, the implementation of the P44.5 million Eheb-Impugong road in Tinoc was very much affected by the effects of climate change where there is rapid rainfall and high humidity.  Similarly, the unfinished works in the Wallayan-Abbatan-Bot-oan road in Buguias, Benguet is expected to be completed within this month.  

“Notwithstanding, these road networks are still considered as functional or operational because while the projects are being done, these [infrastructure projects] are still being used by farmers and commuters,” Ayson said.news reg 2 pix 2 may 12 2017

The completed infrastructure projects like irrigation, post-harvest facilities and potable water supply were complemented with agricultural extension and business development services funded under the Agrarian Reform Community Enhancement Support Services (ARCESS).  

In the implementation of the projects in the ARCs, a number of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) were selected as subject organizations in the implementation of the extension and business development services.  

“Farm machines like tractors, threshers, shredders and flatbed dryers were distributed to these ARBOs as additional support for the infrastructure projects,” said Ayson.

In Ayson’s recent visit in the remote Tinoc ARC in Ifugao, she assured the farmers that the DAR is there to help them improve their lives through infrastructures and agricultural development programs. (Jane Toribio) 

Photos: Project validation and inspection of farm-to-market roads.

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DAR distributes land titles in Benguet

cloa dist 2017Tuba, Benguet-  Fifty-two (52) farmers finally received  their land titles over the lands that  they have tilled and fought for by their descendants for centuries during the distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in Ligay, Camp 1, Tuba, Benguet.

Former DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said the titled agricultural land has a total area of 59.6759 hectares and subdivided into 80 lots.

During the distribution, Tobias reminded the beneficiaries not to sell their titles and continue to  improve the lands for the sake of their children, and grandchildren.

Nemesia Batang Dominguez, 73 years old widow, who is the eldest beneficiary and mother of nine, said that, she and her children are finally assured  of their ownership over the land after 59 years of tilling the property.

She disclosed that she was born in Ligay during evacuation time (World War II) but she traces her bloodline from Kabayan, Benguet.  Nevertheless, they called Ligay their home and she and her siblings started working on the soil as soon as they were able to.

“I worked full-time on the land at the age of fourteen (14). We plant mostly camote, ginger, beans and tomatoes.  I still continue to do so but at a slower and lighter pace since I am now getting old,” Dominguez said.

Also present during the CLOA distribution were; Assistant Director Resty Osias, Provincial DAR Officer Robert Ampaguey, Municipal Officials, Barangay Officials and DAR personnel.

DAR-CAR welcomes new leadership

ayson 2017BAGUIO CITY (January 3, 2017)—In a simple ceremony, the officials and employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) welcomed the new leadership of Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson.

Ayson, former Regional Director for DAR-Region 2, replaced Regional Director Homer P. Tobias, who will now be heading the DAR in Region 2.

During her acceptance speech, Ayson disclosed her love for the Cordilleras stating that she stayed here and it was here that she was shaped.

With the assumption of Ayson, women now run the DAR in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) where Atty. Marivic Casabar is the Regional Adjudicator, Accountant Virginia Aycud  is the Chief of Support to Operations Division (Admin and Finance), Dr. Jane Toribio for the Field Operations Division (Support Services and Land Tenure)  Atty. Christine Pul-oc for the Legal Division, and Atty. Resty Osias is the lone male who  holds the position of  Assistant Regional Director. 

In the Provincial Offices, there are no changes except for Abra. Deogracias Almora still heads DAR-Apayao, Edaño Canao in DAR-Kalinga, Dr. Robert Ampaguey for DAR-Benguet, Artemio Dumaoang in  DAR-Ifugao, and Jude Gawigawen for DAR-Mt. Province.

Abra Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Virgilio Acuña is assigned as Regional Director of DAR-Region I.

With the change from the national government down to the field offices, the implementation of Genuine Agrarian Reform as envisioned by this new administration is expected to be achieved in the near future. (Leticia Laoagan)

Photo: Officials and staff of DAR-Region 2 and DAR-CAR witness the oath-taking ceremony of Regional Directors Homer Tobias and Atty. Marjorie Ayson.

Farming community gets potable water facilities, raises livestock for extra income

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 5 2017CONNER, Apayao— Households of farm families in the municipality of Buluan, will now be drinking safe, potable water as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently completed installing potable water supply systems here.

The project, implemented under the Community Potable Water Sanitation and Hygienen (CP-WASH), is a collaborative effort among DAR, Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation and the Buluan municipal government to provide safe drinking water and promote proper hygiene in remote areas.

The CP-WASH consists of water tank, iron removal filter, biosand filter and bio-gas digester.  The water tank and bioga digester utilizes the ferro-cement technology. The bio-sand filter make use of specific kinds of stones that transform tap or spring water into safe drinking water.

DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson said the biogas digester stores the gas from animal, kitchen and household wastes to be used as cooking fuel.

“The waste from the households here is not enough to make the biogas digester function, that’s why the farmers here decided to venture into swine production. The wastes from the pig pens would go directly to the digester to produce methane and would be piped into each households’ kitchens for cooking,” Ayson explained.

“With this project, we hit two birds with one stone. We provided them with safe drinking water and at the same time, they would earn extra income from raising pigs,” said Ayson.

The DAR also conducted trainings on meat processing and provided equipment for the farmers’ meat processing business.

Ayson said the farmers were very grateful saying they no longer need to go to Tuguegarao City to buy processed meat. The farmers said they are aiming to become meat suppliers in their locality and in the nearby communities. (LJ Lupan)