DAR provides hauling trucks to Caraga farmers

news national 1 pix 1 january 12 20119BUTUAN CITY--The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) yesterday turned over six hauling trucks to six agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBO) here.

Agrarian Reform Undersecretary for Support Services Emily Padilla said the machinery, provided under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), will address the farmers’ need for cheaper transportation of their produce.

“These hauling trucks will serve as an added service of ARBOs to its members and non-member farmers. The earnings from the low-rate rental of the trucks will be used as business asset of the organization and for the maintenance of the trucks,” Padilla added.

The six hauling trucks totals P21.2 million and were distributed to the following ARBOs: Palmavera Small Coconut Farmer Beneficiaries Coop of Las Nieves, Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association of Jabonga, Cebolin Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Trento, La Fortuna Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Veruela, Esperanza Farmers Credit Cooperative of Del Carmen, and San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Gigaquit.

DAR Regional Director Leomides Villareal said the turn-over activity is a positive start for 2019 for more than 300 farmer-members and non-members of the six ARBOs. 

“This is a proof of the committed and dedicated service of the DAR to our clients and beneficiaries,” Villareal added.

Winefredo Malso, chairman of one of the beneficiary ARBOs, said this project is a welcome opportunity to provide cooperative services to its members.   

“The dump truck we received would greatly benefit our farmer-members because of its lower rental fee compared to other rental trucking services,” Maldo said.news national 1 pix 2 january 12 2019

Also present during the turn-over ceremonies were Undersecretary for Operations Karlo Bello, Asst. Regional Director Daylinda Narisma, Asst. Reg. Dir. for Operations Cenon Original and Gigaquit Mayor Elvira Egay.

The ARCCESS project aims to strengthen the ARBOs by making them hubs of support services in the community which are expected to contribute to increasing ARB household incomes and improve resiliency of ARB households.

Photo 1: DAR Officials, led by Undersecretary Emily Padilla, pose for a photo in front of one of the hauling trucks. Also in photo: Regional Director Leomides Villareal, Asst. Reg. Dir. Naylinda Narisma, 

Photo 2: The hauling trucks distributed to the six ARBOs.

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DAR launches official mascots

news national 3 pix 1 january 11 2019The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) debuted today the agency’s official mascots in the first “infographic issue” of its official newsletter, Balitang DAR.

In the cover of Balitang DAR, the characters, named Darwin and Darla,  are seen beaming with smiles alongside a cartoon version of Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones 

The two are dressed as frontline service workers of the department, sporting a stalk of rice tucked on their ear.

“Makakatulong ko (sina Darwin at Darla) sa paghahayag ng mga mensahe ng ating kagawaran sa ating mga farmer-beneficiaries at sa buong Pilipinas,” Castriciones said.

Inside the 12-page issue, Darwin and Darla can be seen in various visual representations of frequently asked questions about DAR’s policy and process. This includes the following topics: obligations of an agrarian reform beneficiary, support services available to farmers, considerations for land conversion, landownership, CARP-covered lands, DAR Adjudication Board cases, rights of landowners and tenants, agrarian law implementation cases, mediation, and qualifications of agrarian reform beneficiaries.

The characters are designed by DAR’s graphic designers, Francis Xavier De La Rosa and John Cleine Gomez.

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DAR targets zero backlog of legal cases

news national 2 pix 1 january 11 2019The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is on track this 2019 to achieve a zero backlog on Agrarian Legal Implementation (ALI) cases. This following the resolution of most of its cancellation cases last year.

According to its Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance, the DAR in 2018 resolved 84.80% of its cancellation cases or 1,529 of 1,803 caseloads.

The agency has also evaluated 3,241 out of the 3,601 caseloads concerning cancellation without ALI cases. These are now en route to their respective regional offices for final disposition, segregation and transfer into individual Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA).

“These cancellation cases go as far back as 2012. Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones has ordered us to step up our game in our bid to attain a zero backlog of agrarian cases,” DAR Legal Affairs Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan said.

Pangulayan said the decided cancellation cases mostly involved collective CLOAs.

“We are fast-tracking these cases in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s preference to turn collective CLOAs into individual CLOAs,” Pangulayan said.

“Individual CLOAs are better because they enable farmer-beneficiaries to have a clear and defined ownership of parcels of land. This is unlike collective CLOAs where a group of farmers owns the land,” he added.

Early last year, Castriciones directed the legal sector of DAR to simplify and shorten legal proceedings by doing away with unnecessary steps that only contribute to the delay in the resolution of cases.

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