ARBs thresh out farmers’ concerns in Bicol region

news national 1 pix 1 june 20 2017More than 100 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from different provinces in Bicol recently gathered for a consultation-dialogue to discuss agrarian issues and concerns affecting farmers in the region.

The forum, dubbed as “Case Conference and Planning on Land Distribution to ARBs and Qualified/Potential Farmer- Beneficiaries,” was conducted through the partnership of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bicol -Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMB-KMP).

Regional Director Rodolfo S. Pangilinan said the farmers’ gathering was aimed at threshing out agrarian issues and concerns affecting the farmers in the region and at the same time come up with concrete measures and procedures on how to address the issues that hamper the distribution of agricultural lands to national 1 pix 2 june 20 2017

Some of the problems and issues identified, which contributed to the non-completion of the land acquisition and distribution, include the cancellation of emancipation patent/certificates of land ownership award issued to farmer-beneficiaries; criminalization of agrarian cases; ejection of farmer-beneficiaries from their tillage; land conversion of agricultural lands to other uses; and harassment of farmers, among others.

news national 1 pix 3 june 20 2017The dialogue, held in Sto. Domingo, Albay, was attended by the farmer-groups under the KMB led by Ms. Maggie Seva, and other officials from the DAR Central Office headed by Atty. Jobert Pahilga. (MTVGeneral_DAR Bicol)

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Apayao farmers receive P35.6-M road, bridge project from DAR

news national 1 pix 1 june 18 2017APAYAO, Cordillera Administrative Region—Efforts to improve the economic condition of farming communities here got a big boost as Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano turned-over to the local government a P35.6 million road and bridge project.

“Roads are vital components in the department’s drive to spur rural development in farm communities. This concreted road and bridge would greatly help farmers bring their farm products to the market faster and easier,” said Mariano.

DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari said the road and bridge benefits four barangays namely Allig, Sta. Maria, Balluyan and Malayugan. She said the roads get are rocky and gets very muddy when it rains. The Allig river should, a shallow river, had to be crossed to get to the other side of the road.

“More than 500 farm-households are now benefitting from this road and bridge project. Transportation and transporting farm yield is now faster. More vehicles now ply the bridge and concreted road,” Mallari said.

Lorena Cabarong, a 24-year-old school teacher said going to school is now easier with the road especially with the construction of the bridge. “Before, we would take the longer route to avoid crossing the river. With the concreted road and bridge, we now get to the school a lot faster and without getting our feet muddy and wet,” said Cabarong.

The project was implemented under the DAR’S Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP). It commenced construction in September 2014 and was completed in June 2016.  The project was in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Apayao Governor Elias Bulut, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the implementing national 1 pix 2 june 18 2017 

“This road would make transporting agri-products faster. We expect the trade and commerce here to greatly improve,” said Bulut.

After the project turnover, Secretary Mariano with Undersecretary Mallari and Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, distributed certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) covering 770 hectares to 1,163 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). The agricultural lands are located in Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

Mariano advised the ARBs not to sell their CLOAs nor convert their farmlands into other uses to ensure food security.

news national 1 pix 3 june 18 2017The turn-over ceremony and CLOA distribution was attended by DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Deogracias Almora, Apayao Vice Gov. Remy Albano, Flora Mayor Rodolfo Juan, Vice Mayor Jessica De San Jose and District Engineer Daisy Maralag. (30)

Photo 1: Secretary Rafael Mariano (with red head band) and Apayao Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr., cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the turnover of the bridge and farm-to-market road project to the local government of Flora, Apayao. Also in photo: Flora Mayor and Vice Mayor Rodolfo Juan and Jessica de San Jose.

Photo 2: Sec. Mariano inspects the bridge before turning it over to the local government of Flora, Apayao.

Photo 3: Secretary Mariano was hugged by CLOA beneficiary Dick Evasco. Looking on were Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr. and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Deogracias Almora.

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DAR awards land titles to Cordillera farmers; turns over P137.4-M infra projects

news national 1 pix 1 june 16 2017TABUK CITY, Kalinga (June 15, 2017)--1,163 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) were teary-eyed as Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano distributed certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to them.

Together with Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari and Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson, Mariano led the distribution of CLOAs covering more than 700 hectares of agricultural lands located in Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

“I was jumping for joy when I received the CLOA. The land I till now is mine. And most importantly, I now have something to leave my children with when I die,” said f armer Clifford Caleda from the municipality of Rizal, Kalinga. 

“The CLOAs are just the first step towards more support from the government. The DAR has completed infrastructure projects for farmers here,” Mariano said.

According to Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, the department has finished various infrastructure projects scheduled for turn over today. 

“These projects are farm-to-market roads and communal irrigation projects worth P137.4 million. We expect that these project would greatly help boost the agri-production of farmer here,” said Mallari.

After distributing CLOAs to agrarian reform beneficiaries, Mariano assisted by Mallari, turned over three farm-to-market roads and five communal irrigation systems. 

DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson said, the roads, namely the Bugnay-Buscalan-Butbut, the Cagaluan-Ableg in Kalinga and the Sta. Maria-Allig road in Apayao would connect farm communities to major market national 1 pix 2 june 16 2017 

“These roads would also help not only the farmers but also the people in the community. They now have concrete roads, transportation is now easy for everyone,” said Ayson.

Also turned over were five communal irrigation system located in Pangul and Pasil, Kalinga. Ayson said the irrigation system would irrigate more than 200 hectares of farm lands.

After the project turn over, Mariano oriented the DAR employees of CAR on genuine agrarian reform.

The CLOA Distribution and project turnover was held at the Capitol Gymnasium, Bulanao, Tabuk City. 

Photo 1: Sec. Rafael Mariano awards CLOAs to agrarian reform beneficiaries of Kalinga. Also in photo Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson and Acting Kalinga Governor James S. Edduba.

Photo 2: Sec. Mariano and the DAR officials pose with farmers with their land titles.

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Relief assistance

news national 1 pix 1 june 12 2017Iligan City, Lanao del Norte (June 12, 2017)- Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Sylvia F. Mallari (center), together with DAR Region X Director Faisar Mambuay (left) and other DAR employees, led the distribution of relief goods to the families affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City. These relief efforts, facilitated by Department of Agrarian Reform Employees Association (DAREA), aimed to help the victims cope with the dire situation in their area. 

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DAR chief distributes land titles to Pangasinense farmers


news national 1 pix 1 june 8 2017URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan (June 8, 2017)—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) celebrated the first DAR Pangasinan Farmers’ Festival with the distribution ofcertificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 477 agrarian reform beneficiaries here.

DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano led the distribution of CLOAs covering 654 hectares of agricultural lands situated in the municipalities of Dasol, Bolinao, Mabini, Burgos, Bani, Infanta and Umingan.

Mariano said the department will do its best to improve the economic well-being of the ARBs through the DAR support services delivery to promote greater farm production and higher income opportunities.

“Our support services aim to make their land more productive by providing them with credit assistance, farm machines and livelihood projects. And for those who have land problems, we offer free agrarian legal advice to farmers,” added Mariano,” said Mariano.

Mariano reminded the farmers that the DAR will always be there to fight for their rights and welfare. He said among his major directives are to provide supports services, promote the rights of farmers and deliver agrarian justice to oppressed farmers.

Mariano was in Pangasinan to celebrate with the farmers of the province their bountiful harvests where it was showcased and sold to the public in a mini trade fair.

DAR Regional Director Virgilio Acuňa said the Farmers’ Festival was conducted to help farmers promote their agri products to a wider market.

“The mini trade fair showcases not only the farmers’ harvests but also their products like processed foods and other merchandise. It is also a venue where farmers interact with other farmers and share their knowledge and experiences in effective farming techniques,” said Acuňa.

During the DAR Pangasinan Farmers Festival, DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ma. Anna Francisco, presented to Mariano the 72 farmer-graduates of the farm business school (FBS) program and the 144 graduates of the mandatory trainings of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).news national 1 pix 2 june 8 2017

Francisco said the FBS is a training program that teaches farmers about business and marketing trends in their own local environment through the learning-by-doing approach. She said the farmers were tutored on basic business concepts and effective farming practices.
“The farmers underwent 25 learning sessions for five consecutive months. In those sessions, they were also taught on bookkeeping, cash flows, value addition, market surveys, selling and costing,” said Francisco.

Francisco said the 144 graduates of the CDA mandatory trainings underwent trainings to strengthen and improve the operation of their farmers’ organization/cooperatives.

news national 1 pix 3 june 8 2017“Officers of various farmers’ organization/cooperatives here undertook trainings for cooperative development to acquire professional expertise in proper management of their respective cooperatives. The CDA facilitated trainings on financial management, microfinance, enterprise development and marketing strategies,” explained Francisco.

The Farmers’ Festival was attended by more than 500 farmers and held at the Urdaneta Cultural and Sports Complex.

Photo 1: Secretary Rafael Mariano assisted by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ma. Anna Francisco awarding a CLOA to a farmer-beneficiary.

Photo 2:  Farmer Regina Casimina and farmer Isiaias Medenilla, two of the oldest recipients of CLOAs.

Photo 3: Secretary Mariano with the new farmer-landowners. Also in photo are Regional Director Virgilio Acuna and PARPO Ma. Anna Francisco.

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