Reconstitution of task force to facilitate appointment of DAR employees

news national 1 pix 1 may 19 2018QUEZON CITY – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones announced on Friday the reconstitution of the Task Force on Selection and Promotion (TFSP) to facilitate the signing and issuance of appointment papers to deserving employees of the department.

Castriciones made the announcement in a dialogue he called with the Co-Terminus with the Incumbent (CTI) employees amidst the growing uncertainties expressed by said personnel on the status of their employment.

The secretary also assured the 102 CTI employees of spots in the second phase of placement that is being implemented by the agency.

“Stop being historical and hysterical,” the secretary told the staffs, as he made certain that a mechanism is already in place to process the status of their employment.

The reconstitution TFSP was materialized through the issuance of Special Oder No. 159, series of 2018 dated May 15, 2018, that appointed Undersecretary David D. Erro of the Policy, Planning and Research Office (PPRO) as chairperson.

“You will have a place in the second phase of placement here at DAR,” he emphasized.

CTI employees were those affected by the implementation of Executive Order No. 366 or the government’s rationalization scheme that was implemented at the DAR in 2013.

EO 366 phased out or abolished functions and scaled down programs and projects of government agencies as part of cost-cutting measures.

It also mandated government agencies, including DAR, to remove employees holding redundant positions.

Affected employees were given the option to either retire or continue to work with the department in a co-terminus status.

Castriciones emphasized that DAR, through the reconstituted TFSP will ensure that all documents submitted to the Office of the Secretary (OSEC) are compliant to the provision of the Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORA OHRA).

He added that TFSP will assist the OSEC on questions of law and CSC regulations relative to the issuance of appointments, recommend the proper course of action on issues or concerns and exercise such other functions as may be directed by the secretary on the appointment process.

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16 Masbate farmers receive land titles

news national 1 pix 1 may 18 2018MANDAON, Masbate – A total of 16 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a recent distribution ceremony spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) held at the Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO) of Mandaon, Masbate.

The distributed land titles covered at least three landholdings comprising an area of 33.3475 hectares and are situated in barangays Buri and Tagpo, said OIC- Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Rudy A. Delgado.

The landholdings were acquired by the DAR through compulsory acquisition from landowners Aurelio Lucio, Patrocinio Alayon and Simeona Bonayog, Delgado added.

During the activity, OIC- Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (PARPO I) Herald R. Tambal urged the newly empowered farmers to take good care of their awarded lands and use it to improve their livelihood and quality of life.

“I suggest you engage in vegetable farming because the demand is high and it is really profitable if done the right way. To become successful in this endeavor, you need to learn new farming technologies and enterprise strategies from our government’s rural development programs, which will be provided by the DAR,” Tambal said.

ARB Mars R. Pantia, on the other hand, vowed to cultivate his land and produce as many crops as he can to support his family. He also promised that he would never ever sell his land.

“For me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Starting today, I am not anyone’s farmer anymore. I am the farmer of my own land. I may not be as strong or as young as I was before, but with my family by my side, I know we can get through anything,” Pantia said.

After the distribution of titles, Land Tenure Services Division Chief Delia R. Amante conducted a lecture on the rights and responsibilities of ARBs. She reminded the beneficiaries to make their lands productive, pay the amortization to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and as well as the required taxes. (Ross Aguilar Lustestica, DAR-Masbate)

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DAR installed Ormoc farmers on land deprived to them for 20 years

news national 1 pix 1 may 17 2018ORMOC CITY—It was a day of jubilation and relief for nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) after confronting 20 long years of struggle to finally till the land awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

This came after the DAR has finally succeeded in installing them to three landholdings previously owned by Rustico Capahi.

“Nalipay lang ko nga makabalik ko sa akong gitrabaho nga yuta.” (I’m just happy to be back to the lot I was tilling.)

These were the words uttered by 66-year old farmer Clemente Arnaiz, as he broke into tears when the writ of execution was read to them by Sheriff Joseph Catingub on April 24.

The writ of execution issued by Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla is a legal document that ordered the installation of the nine ARBs to the landholdings that were awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).news national 1 pix 2 may 17 2018

DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso said Arnaiz, together with the eight other ARBs received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) two decades ago but were deprived of entry by the previous landowner. Enciso said they were farmworkers in said landholdings.

“Through the years, we have made several attempts to install them but failed because of the persistent resistance of the landowner to follow the CARP,” said Enciso.

On April 24, with the support of KAISAHAN, a non-government organization assisting the farmers, the 20 years of waiting ended when the nine ARBs were finally installed peacefully into their awarded lots.

Enciso, assisted by Badilla, led the physical installation of the ARBs to the three Capahi-landholdings situated in Barangay Sabang Bao in this city following an agreement reached between the DAR management and the previous landowner.

According to Enciso, the landowner asked the DAR management to allow them to choose their retention area as stated under the law, among others.

news national 1 pix 3 may 17 2018Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Perpetua Sabaldan, who took charge of the installation activities, disclosed that another 26 actual tillers in the three landholdings, with an aggregate area of 16 hectares, were likewise identified as potential beneficiaries.

Sabaldan likewise disclosed that in September last year, 39 other ARBs were also installed into eight landholdings situated in Barangay Balion with a combined area of 36.8 hectares. The properties were also owned by the Capahis.

This season, Enciso told the farmers, “you can already start tilling your respective areas,” but reminded them not to forget their obligations to pay the tax as the owners now of the land. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria, Information Officer)

Photo 1: DAR officials headed by Regional Director Sheila Enciso (seated by the table, second from right) brief the ARBs prior to the latter’s physical installation to the Capahi landholdings.

Photo 2: Sheriff Joseph Catingub reads the writ of execution ordering the installation of the nine ARBs into the three landholdings previously owned by the Capahis.news national 1 pix 4 may 17 2018

Photo 3: ARB Clemente Arnaiz (extreme right) with other agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) listen intently to the instructions of DAR officials before they were physically installed to the former Capahi landholdings in Barangay Sabang Bao, Ormoc City.

Photo 4: Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Perpetua Sabaldan facilitating the peaceful installation of ARBs.

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93-year-old Pangasinan farmer receives land title from DAR

news national 1 pix 1 may 11 2018STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan—Ninety-three-year-old Emerenciana Bustamante from Burgos, Pangasinan was teary-eyed after receiving her long-awaited certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones in distribution ceremony held here.

“My long wait is finally over! The land is now legally mine,” cried Bustamante who, together with his husband farmed the land for more than 40 years.

“I know my husband is smiling in heaven. Our dream of owning the land for our only child finally came true,” Bustamante said.

Bustamante is the oldest of the 155 jubilant agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received their CLOAs in a ceremony held at the Farmers’ Pavillion, Tebag East, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan on Thursday, May 10.

Castriciones together with Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello led the distribution of CLOAs and awarded certificates of training to 186 farmer-graduates.

The distributed lands covered some 322 hectares of agricultural lands located in the municipalities of Anda, Burgos, Dasol and Alaminos City.

Farmer Bustamante, who is also a retired teacher said that to augment their income, she taught in the elementary school while her late husband planted rice and fruit crops in the farm. “Now that I am in my twilight age, and my husband is in heaven, I will leave this land to my only child and to my grandchildren. I’m so happy, I know their future will be secured because I have something to leave them with,” Bustamante said.

Castriciones said the department will not stop after land distribution. “We will put into action a convergence strategy to provide support services to our farmers.”news national 1 pix 2 may 11 2018

According to Castriciones, among those lined up for implementation are housing projects for farmers, TESDA scholarships for children of ARBs, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps program of the Dept. of Social Welfare, provision of crop insurance from the Phil. Crop Insurance Corp., credit assistance from the Land Bank of the Phils. and from other financial institutions.

“We are lucky because we have a President who love the farmers. He is very supportive and these support services will be conducted under his term,” said Castriciones.

Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo Bello thanked the DAR personnel in Pangasinan for efficiently facilitating the distribution of CLOAs to farmer-beneficiaries.

“It is so heartwarming to see farmers with their happy faces. They are very grateful for finally owning the land they have been tilling for so long. On our part, we are just as happy working for all of you to own your land,” Bello said.

During the CLOA distribution, Secretary Castriciones awarded certificates of training to 186 farmer-graduates.

DAR Regional Director Judita Tungol said they have recently conducted various trainings to help strengthen farm cooperatives under the Social Infrastructure Building (SIB) of the department.

She said three farm officials from 62 farm cooperatives were trained on basic cooperative courses namely: rules formulation, basic accounting, standard setting, credit management and delinquency control.

news national 1 pix 3 may 11 2018“Part of our work is to assist our farmers in maintaining and sustaining their farm cooperatives. These courses are essential in helping them achieve that,” said Tungol.

Other officials present during the event include DAR Assistant Secretary for Foreign-Assisted Projects Teresita Vistro, Assistant Regional Director Felicidad Dumaguing, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers Maria Ana Francisco, Christianne Suguitan and Vic Ines.

DAR’s intensified CLOA distributions and releases of support programs and services are consistent with the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte – to uplift the lives of the farmers in the country.

The President also mulls for the implementation of the second phase of agrarian reform program in the country, this time, to focus on government lands, specifically forest lands that have been left idle and undeveloped for agricultural production for years. 

Photo 1: 93-year-old Emerenciana Bustamante from Burgos, Pangasinan receiving her long-awaited certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana Francisco.

Photo 2: Secretary Castriciones giving his speech to farmer-beneficiaries.

Photo 3: The Secretary with DAR officials Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello, Assistant Secretary for Foreign-Assisted Projects Teresita Vistro, Assistant Regional Director Felicidad Dumaguing and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana Francisco.

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DAR distributes 240 land titles, turns over service facilities to Capiz farmers

news national 1 pix 1 may 9 2018ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Celsa Duron, 56, a mother of five, farmer and a resident of Binuntucan, Pontevedra town never thought of owning a land.

“Sadto, hunahuna ko nga ang mga duta ila lang sa mga manggaranon (I thought before that lands are only for the rich),” Duron admitted when she was asked to speak during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in Roxas City, Capiz on Tuesday, May 8.

Now, she said that poor farmers can own the land they till through the program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

“Salamat DAR, salamat President Duterte (Thank you DAR, thank you President Duterte),” Duron exclaimed as she ended her message.

A total of 157.0374 hectares of lands divided into 240 CLOAs were formally handed over to 154 agrarian reform beneficiaries in a ceremony held in Roxas City on Tuesday.

Based on a data provided by DAR Region VI, a total of 97 farmers from the town of Pontevedra received their CLOAs during the ceremony; 3 from the town of Panay; 9 from Panitan; 33 from Sigma; and 12 from Dao.news national 1 pix 2 may 9 2018

DAR Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of Field Operations Office (FOO) led the distribution activity who thanked the officers and personnel of DAR Capiz for the accomplishments they achieved.

Bello was joined by DAR Region VI Director Atty. Eugene Follante, DAR Region IV-B Director Stephen Leonidas, Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) Director Leomides Villareal, Capiz PARPO II Felix Servidad, Dir. Leandro Caymo of the Bureau of Land Tenure Improvement (BLTI), Asst. Director Joey Sumatra of BLTI and DAR Region VI Asst. Dir. Gideon Umadjay, Jr.

“I’m happy that you are now owners of the land you till for years,” Bello said as he also told the ARBs that President Duterte has mandated DAR to look for more lands that can be distributed to farmers.

Aside from land distribution, DAR, under the leadership of Secretary John Castriciones is also strengthening its support programs and services to the ARBs and their communities.

news national 1 pix 3 may 9 2018Dir. Follante, in his message, commended the leadership of PARPO Servidad and the rest of the personnel of DAR Capiz for the documentation, processing, and release of CLOAs.

“These CLOAs are proofs of ownership to the lands you toil,” Follante said.

Director Villareal also urged the ARBs to develop fully the lands and discouraged them from leasing or selling the same.

The official turn-over of millions worth of support services was also facilitated during the ceremony to two agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in the province of Capiz.

A 4-wheel drive 90 horsepower Mccormic Tractor was formally handed down to the Agrarian Reform Cooperative of New Guia, an ARBO from Maayon town.

The tractor, worth P3.7 million, will be utilized by the cooperative to serve the rice, corn and sugarcane farmers in Maayon.

The tractor is already equipped with custom disc plow, trailing harrow and a trailer truck.

According to the estimates of DAR-VI, around 546 hectares of rice, 222 hectares of corn and 287 hectares of sugarcane lands will directly benefit from the services of the newly-acquired tractor.news national 1 pix 4 may 9 2018

Chief Agrarian Reform Officer (CARPO) Anthony Arostique said the facility was released under the Climate Resilient Farms Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) of DAR.

The same cooperative was also the recipient of micro-finance program worth P650,000 for swine production, catering, and crop production, Arostique added.

Another support facility, a 2-wheel drive 6-wheeler hauling dump truck was also turned over to ESMAC Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Binuntucan, Pontevedra.

The P3.5 million worth dump truck will be utilized for hauling services of rice, corn and sugarcane farmers in the area.

Leaders of recipient cooperatives expressed gratitude to DAR and President Duterte for the release of the projects. 

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