PARCCOM submits resolution to pass GARB, declares support for Mariano’s appointment

news national 1 pix 1 dec. 7 2016GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 07, 2016 – The Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) chairpersons submitted two resolutions to Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano during the National Conference of PARCCOMs at the Greenleaf Hotel.

Serving as the leading committee in the coordination and implementation of the agrarian reform program in the provinces, the PARCCOMs decided to prioritize the passage of a genuine agrarian reform program in the country.

Resolution No. 1, Series of 2016, entitled “A resolution strongly supporting the immediate passage of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (House Bill No. 555),” recognizes the absence of a genuine agrarian reform program as the primary reason for the continuing poverty and lack of food security. Members of the committee believe that the passage of HB 555 will help attain rural development and economic growth in the countryside.

Under the proposed bill, agricultural lands shall be distributed to qualified farmers for free. It shall revoke all previous unjust decrees on exemption and exclusion, and break up land monopoly. The GARB also seeks to institutionalize a comprehensive program of state support and subsidy to farmer beneficiaries.

On the other hand, the PARCCOM also declared their support for Mariano as the agrarian reform chief and vice chairperson of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) by passing the second resolution entitled “A resolution supporting the confirmation by the Commission on Appointments (CA) of Rafael V. Mariano as Secretary of the DAR.”

The chairpersons added that the present leadership of Mariano at the DAR benefits the farmers and other stakeholders because of the thrust and policy direction of his administration – to defend and assert the rights of farmers.news national 1 pix 2 dec. 7 2016

In his first 100 days as agrarian reform chief, Mariano has rallied the support of President Rodrigo Duterte to convene the PARC after more than a decade of inactivity, announced a two-year moratorium on land-use conversion, distributed hundreds of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), and organized continuing dialogues with farmers and farmworkers’ groups.

The two resolutions will be submitted to the Committee on Agrarian Reform of the House of Representatives and the CA for immediate consideration. The GARB has been initially filed during the 14th Congress while Mariano has been waiting for his official appointment since he assumed office last July.


DAR turns over P4.7-M  post-harvest facility in Davao

news national 1 pix 1 dec. 1 2016Various agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBO) from the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur  recently received P 4.7-million post-harvest facility from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong said the facility would supplement the 669 hectares production area in the community. “More or less 800  coconut and cacao farmers from barangays San Miguel, Glamang, Tagaytay, Balnate, Bacungan and Malawanit, would benefit from this project,” Bistoyong added.

The post-harvest facility is implemented under the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MINSAAD) Project funded by theJapan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), while the local government of Magsaysay has 30% counterpart to complete the project.

“The DAR will closely monitor the project’s utilization, we hope that you (the farmers) work hand in hand with us and do your part to maximize its use to boost your standard of living,” Bistoyong said.

Kasya Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAFAMULCO) Chairman Eduardo Lopez Sr., on the other hand,   profusely thanked the DAR, MINSAAD and the local government of Magsaysay for linking their arms in supporting the project.

“We will continue to seek technical assistance from various government trainings, particularly from the DAR’s, to improve our coconut  and cacao production. We assure you that all of us will take good care of this facility with utmost care,” Lopez said.news national 1 pix 2 dec. 1 2016

The beneficiaries of the post-harvest facility include Sitio Macabulos Tribal  Association (SMTA), Kasya Famers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAFAMULCO), Balnate Workers Farmers Association (BAFAWA), Bacungan Upland Farmers & Workers Association (BUFAWA), Tagaytay United Farmers & Workers Association (TUFAWA), Malawanit Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAFAMCO) and Glamang Farmers Workers Association (GLAFAWA). (Esther Geyrozaga, PIO Davao del Sur)


PARCCOM chairs meet for nat’l confab

news national 1 pix 1 nov. 29 2016GEN. SANTOS CITY (Nov. 29, 2016) — As the lead implementing agency of the agrarian reform program in the country, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is now conducting orientation on the current thrust and policy directions of the administration for Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) Chairpersons.

The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat annually spearheads the conduct of the National Conference of the PARCCOM Chairpersons to assess the performance of the committee nationwide.

The PARCCOM Chairpersons, the provincial counterpart of the PARC Executive Committee (ExCom) and the partners of the PARC Secretariat, are tasked with the coordination and monitoring of the programs and activities implemented by the agrarian reform program implementing agencies at the field level.

According to DAR Undersecretary for Finance, Planning and Administration Office (FPAO) and PARC Council Secretary David Erro, the activity also serves as an effective venue for interaction and exchange of ideas and experiences among the PARCCOM members. It gives the chairpersons a chance to deliberate on the issues and concerns of the 75 PARCCOMs that need an intervention and/or resolution.

“As a partner in agrarian reform program implementation, the PARCCOM should be abreast of the current thrust and policy direction of the DAR, which is basically geared towards farmers’ protection and rural development,” Erro added.

The three-day National Conference of PARCCOM Chairpersons is being held at the Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City from November 28 to December 01.


DAR presents FOI Manual in Malacanang

news national 3 pix 1 nov. 25 2016Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), represented by Public Assistance and Media Relations (PAMRS) Point Person D'Jay Lazaro (right) presented the DAR Freedom of Information (FOI) Provisional Manual during the Ceremonial Presentation of People's FOI Manual and eFOI facility program launching held at Heroes Hall, Malacanang Palace. Receiving the DAR FOI Manual are from right: Congressman Antonio Tinio, Exec. Secretary Salvador Medialdea, PCOO Secretary Martin M. Andanar and DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno.

DAR, Marinduque farmers, LGU forge stronger commitment for a better future

news national 2 pix 1 nov. 25 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the local government of Marinduque, and the farmer-beneficiaries of Buenavista town demonstrate their strong partnership through the launching of LinkSFarM or “Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets” project in the said municipality.news national 2 pix 2 nov. 25 2016

LinkSFarm project, which aims to educate farmers on agro-enterprise, is being highlighted by the signing of memorandum of agreement (MoA) between the DAR, the farmers and local government.

news national 2 pix 3 nov. 25 2016Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Isagani Placido said the project is thoroughly planned, from improving their crop productions to improving their market connections, to help the farmer-beneficiaries become self sufficient. “The town of Buenavista is selected as the pilot community of LinkSFarm because the farmer-beneficiaries show great interest to improve the quality of their lives while the local government fully support them in their endeavors,” Placido said.

The signatories form left to right: Buenavista Vice Mayor Hannillee Siena, Municipal Administrator Florentino Pinaroc, Sama-sama sa IKauunlad ng Kinabukasan ng Ating Pamumuhay (SIKAP) Farmer-leader Marino Median and PARPO Isagani Placido.