36k farmers to receive livelihood projects from DAR, DSWD

news national 1 pix 1 jan. 19 2018QUEZON CITY (Jan. 19, 2018)-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) signed a livelihood program partnership agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to increase the household income of farmers by developing and improving their agri-business enterprises.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the program called “Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Project” (CLAAP) will benefit 36,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and non-ARBs in 749 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) and agrarian reform areas throughout the country.

“The partnership is geared towards a common goal of improving the lives of farmers by helping them develop their agricultural enterprises. This will be conducted by helping them establish livelihood businesses like vegetable/fruit farming, food processing, vermicomposting, livestock raising, just to name a few,” Castriciones said.

DSWD Secretary Emmanuel Leyco said CLAAP is a development partnership between DAR and DSWD which supports DAR’s thrust of expanding and increasing farmers’ access to economic opportunities.

“The farmers, who belong to the poorest sector, are the majority of our constituents. This is an expected partnership [with DAR] because both agencies share the same beneficiaries, the poor farmers,” said Leyco.

Under the memorandum of agreement, the DSWD will allocate and transfer to DAR P1 billion for the implementation of CLAAP.

DAR, for its part, will provide P186 million worth of its manpower, technical and management skills and the cost of series of capacity building training for the farmers.

DAR Undersecretary for support services Rosalina Bistoyong said the DAR will be responsible for the implementation activities including planning, supervision, and procurement of materials for the establishment/assistance of farmers’ agri-businesses.news national 1 pix 2 jan. 19 2018

“To ensure its success, we will continuously monitor and evaluate the establishment and development of each agri-business of the farmers,” said Bistoyong.

The implementation of CLAAP will start on May 2018 and will end on December 2019.

The signing of the livelihood program partnership agreement was held at the DSWD central office in Quezon City.

Photos 1 and 2: DAR Secretary John Castriciones (center) signs the partnership agreement between DAR and DSWD to increase the household income of farmers by developing and improving their business enterprises. (From left to right) DSWD Undersecretary Ma. Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, DSWD Secretary Emmanuel Leyco, DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong and DAR Undersecretary for Special Concerns Emily Padilla.

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128 Bohol farmers now proud owners of lands they till

news national 1 pix 1 jan. 18 2018TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The long wait is over as hope moved towards the lives of 128 Boholano farmers who received their individual certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a turn-over ceremony held at Dao Diamond Hotel in this city on Thursday, January 18.

“Wala ko nagdahom nga matinuod ni. Kaniadto mga pasalig lang nga mahatagan mig titulo. Ning bag-o lang nakadungod ko nga gipapaspasan ni Presidente Duterte ang proseso aron marelease ang mga CLOA. Abi kog parehas ra sa mga saad niadto. Tinuod gyud diay (I did not expect this will come true. There were promises before that land titles will be released to us. Recently, I heard that President Duterte ordered to fast-track the processing of CLOAs. I thought it was just another promise. It came out to be true)” said Crispiniano Fuerzas, 54, married with two children from Barangay Maitum, Catigbian, Bohol.

Fuerzas was among the 128 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received his CLOA last Thursday here. Filled with gladness, he expressed gratitude to the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the land title he now possesses.

Another farmer-beneficiary, Anecito Granaderos, 57, married with six children from Barangay Mahayag, San Miguel town said he has been farming the more than one hectare of land for more than 20 years.

It is only during the administration of President Duterte and the present leadership of DAR that he is assured of land ownership, he added.news national 1 pix 2 jan. 18 2018

The CLOA distribution was led by Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of DAR Field Operations Office who represented Secretary Castriciones together with Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), Director Alejandro S. Otacan of DAR Region 7 and PARPO II Grace B. Fua of DAR Bohol Province.

Other DAR officials in Region 7 and Bohol province present during the ceremony include Asst. Reg. Dir. Eliasem P. Castillo and PARAD DAR Bohol chief Atty. Nellie S. Canillas.

Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto also graced the ceremony and called on the ARBs to develop fully their landholdings.

The governor also recognized the contributions of DAR to the overall efforts of the provincial government of Bohol to bring down the poverty incidence in the area.

Landlessness and land problems, Chatto said, are among the root causes of poverty and conflicts in Bohol.

The CLOAs distributed covered around 103.5351 hectares of land in various municipalities in Bohol Province.

The towns include Carmen with 8.2725 hectares covered; Catigbian with 17.4924 hectares; Getafe with 5.4217 and 19.5585 hectares; Danao with 12.3711 hectares; Pilar with 13.6240 and 2.1319 hectares; San Miguel with 0.4473 and 8.2445 hectares; Sierra Bullones with 5.6982 hectares; and Guindulman with 10.2730 hectares.

news national 1 pix 3 jan. 18 2018Bello lauded the efforts of the officials and employees of DAR in Bohol for the fast processing and the release of CLOAs and emphasized the impact of their exertions to the lives of the 128 ARBs.

He also reiterated the rallying point of President Duterte’s mandate to DAR, and that is to accelerate the processing and release of individual land titles to the poor farmers.

Earlier this month, Secretary John R. Castriciones cited the 92-percent accomplishment of DAR last year, describing such feat as an outstanding one.

The new DAR chief vowed to pursue the department’s cause to uplift the lives of poor farmers in the country.

Villareal, for his part, reminded the ARBs that aside from CLOA distribution, DAR is also mandated to provide the beneficiaries with support programs and services that will help them develop their farms and improve their lives, while PARPO Fua thanked the landowners who allowed their lands to be covered under the agrarian reform program of the government.

“Let us give thanks to President Duterte for the continuation of the land reform program. This is the reason why you receive your land titles today,” Director Otacon said.news national 1 pix 4 jan. 18 2018

He added that there were attempts in the past to stop of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) but the present administration decided to proceed with the land reform and distribution programs.

“We will continue with the program. We have the support of the President,” Otacan pointed out.

Photos 1 and 4: 128 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the province of Bohol received their land titles during the distribution ceremony held in Tagbilaran City on Thursday, January 18. The event was graced by DAR Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello, Governor Edgar M. Chatto, Director Leomides R. Villareal, Director Alejandro S. Otacan and PARPO Grace B. Fua.

Photo 2: Usec. Karlo S. Bello of field operations office represented DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones during the distribution of land titles to 128 farmers in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on Thursday, January 18.

Photo 3: Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto graced the distribution of land titles to 128 agrarian reform beneficiaries held on Thursday, January 18 in Tagbilaran City.

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2018 opening salvo: DAR distributes land titles to 24 farmers in Davao City

news national 1 pix 1 jan. 13 2018DAVAO CITY – At least 24 farmers from a remote area in Barangay Mulig, Toril, Davao City received their respective certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) in a turn-over ceremony held here on Friday, January 12.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) considered the recent ceremony as special because it was the first CLOA distribution for 2018 and facilitated at the very hometown of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Alongside the distribution of CLOAs was the formal installation of the farmer-beneficiaries inside the subject property.

A total of 26 CLOAs were distributed last Friday that covered around 16 hectares of land that previously belonged to the family of Milagros Reta.news national 1 pix 2 jan. 13 2018

“DAR’s responsibility does not end with CLOA distribution. We will continue to provide you with support services in order to boost your capabilities to further develop these lands,” said Director Leomides R. Villareal of Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) during the ceremony.

Villareal, together with Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Terso Gregorio led the distribution of CLOA on Friday.

He also lauded the family who previously owned the land for offering the property for distribution to the farmer-beneficiaries.

Villareal also recognized the efforts of DAR officials and employees in Davao region headed by Regional Director Joseph Orilla that led to the installation of the farmer-beneficiaries inside their respective landholdings.

For his part, PARPO Gregorio also urged the farmer-beneficiaries to develop their lands.

news national 1 pix 3 jan. 13 2018He also warned them not to sell, lease or mortgage their lands and encouraged the beneficiaries to regularly pay their amortization at the Land Bank.

Gregorio urged the farmer-beneficiaries to strengthen their organization for the swift release and implementation of support programs and services.

Erlinda Carcueva, a 63-year old farmer was teary-eyed when she expressed gratitude to DAR and other stakeholders for the realization of their dreams.

“I’m so happy, my dream of owning the land finally came true. We can now plant whatever we want with this land,” she said in a local dialect.

“My children and grandchildren will never go hungry. I have something to leave them with when I’m gone,” another farmer leader, Josefina Ortiz said.

Last week, Secretary John R. Castriciones reminded DAR officials and employees of President Duterte’s mandate to work for the emancipation of poor farmers in the country.news national 1 pix 4 jan. 13 2018

“It is not enough to give our farmers lands to till, it is part of our mandate to persevere in uplifting their lives. To achieve this, we have to work as a team,” the DAR chief said. 

Photo 1: One of the 24 farmer-beneficiaries received his certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) during the distribution ceremony held on Friday, January 12in Barangay Mulig, Toril, Davao City. The distribution was led by PAMRS Director Leomides R. Villareal and PARPO Terso Gregorio.

Photo 2 and 3: PAMRS Director Leomides R. Villareal and PARPO Terso Gregorio led the installation of 24 farmer-beneficiaries on Friday, January 12 in Barangay Mulig, Toril, Davao City.

Photo 4: The 24 farmer-beneficiaries proudly presented their newly-received certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) during the distribution ceremony held on Friday, January 12 in Barangay Mulig, Toril, Davao City. The distribution was led by PAMRS Director Leomides R. Villareal and PARPO Terso Gregorio.

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‘We’ll give our lives for our people’ – DAR chief

news national 2 pix 1 jan. 11 2018“WE WILL give ourselves to our people. We will give our time and efforts to them. We will perspire. That is the supreme sacrifice in public service – the giving of one’s life for others.”

Thus said Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones as he vowed to reach out and be a man for all stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Castriciones cited the remarkable 92-percent accomplishment of the Department in the provision of support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) last year.

“This is the idea that I wanted to portray. The objective of our department is to give ourselves for our people. Instead of spending our time with our families, we will spend it for our people. It is only then that we can say that each of us is true to ourselves. And we will be able to truly live our lives meaningfully,” he said in a statement.

Castriciones, however, stressed that his office would not rest on its laurel as he seeks to eclipse this year the DAR’s accomplishment last year even as he exhorted his fellow Department officials and rank-and-file employees to give their all this year and the years to come.

“But first, we must immediately place our employees to their respective designated positions so that we can enhance their interests, their welfare in order for them to serve our department well in a better position,” he said, adding: “Rest assured that all of you will be placed, appointed to the positions you deserve so that we can eliminate altogether the demoralization that is creeping in our Department.”

Rank-and-file employees, however, have shown their commitment and dedication as they continue to raise the bar despite the lack of movement (promotion) for the past 15 years in the DAR.

“We cannot allow ourselves to be affected by this lack of movement or promotion(s) because we are fully aware of the people, the poor farmers, who are counting on us. We will continue to work for them. We cannot and will not let them down,” an employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said the over-all physical accomplishment under the Technical Advisory Support Services (TASS) reached 92.06 percent, with DAR-Southern Mindanao (Region 11) proving itself as the workhorse, having delivered 99.25 percent of its development intervention target.

DAR-Ilocos (Region 1) came in second, having completed 96.83 percent, and Dar-Central Luzon (Region 3) third, 95.27 percent.

Bistoyong said she expects to reach out to more and more farmers after the DAR was allotted P1.2 billion for support services alone, more than four times greater than its budget of P288 million last year.news national 2 pix 2 jan. 11 2018

She said the DAR-Support Services Office would give more premiums this year on the provision of climate-change adaptive inputs, where the Department made some progress last year, having extended climate-resilient development intervention to 368 out of 555 target farmers, for an accomplishment rate of 66 percent.

Bistoyong also said that the DAR is expected to go full blast with its mechanization program as part of its development interventions among farmer-beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries.

Much of the assistance given to the farmers last year, Bistoyong said, is in capacity development as in the case of the 471,550 ARBs and non-ARBs, a 124-percent accomplishment as it exceeded the 380,785 target ARBs and non-ARBs. The beneficiaries had undergone various trainings, either in new farming technology and/or in skills and livelihood programs.

Bistoyong said 1,277 ARB organizations or ARBOs were also provided credit assistance for a high 110-percent accomplishment rate compared to the 1,163 target ARBOs. She added that 159,603 individual ARBs were also provided credit and micro-finance services, far greater than their target of 138,972 ARBs, for a 115-percent accomplishment rate.

“We are fully aware that the perennial problem among our farmers is the lack of financial capital for farm inputs and off-farm business enterprises, and the need to upgrade their farming know-how. We know that there are still much to be done, a challenge that we intend to face head on for this year and the years to come,” Bistoyong said.

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Davao farmers confer with DAR officials

news national 1 pix 1 jan. 11 2018DAVAO CITY (Jan. 11, 2018)—Top officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led by Undersecretaries Luis Miendrado Pangulayan and Karlo Bello led a dialogue with various farmer groups in Davao City today, Thursday, January 11 to discuss issues and concerns on the implementation of agrarian reform program in the region. Other DAR officials present during the meeting include Dir. Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), Atty. Roland Cua special assistant of the Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Asst. Dir. Joey Sumatra from Bureau of Land Tenure and Improvement (BLTI) and Regional Director Joseph Orilla. | via admin-pamrs

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