Davao del Norte farmers receive P4.8-M machineries from DAR

news national 1 pix 1 july 13 2018CARMEN, Davao del Norte -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Davao del Norte turned-over, on Wednesday July 11, 2018, P4,875,000.00 worth of common service facilities (CSF) to various agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBO) of the municipalities of Sto. Tomas and Carmen and the City of Panabo in this province.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (PARPO) Leo F. Nuñeza, who headed the turn-over ceremony held in Diamond Farms Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DARBMUPCO) in Barangay Alejal, Municipality of Carmen, said the CSF include farm machineries composed of 10 units of mechanical dryer (drawer type), 10 units of mechanical chipper/slicer (feed grade), one unit of mechanical chipper/slicer (food grade), one (1) unit mechanical dryer (tunnel type) and one (1) unit pulverizer.news national 1 pix 2 july 13 2018

 “These machineries are provided to you by the DAR to boost your agricultural productions, thus to improve your organization’s and farm income,” Nuñeza said.

The recipient ARBOs include DARMUPCO, Banana Growers Cooperative (BSBG), Marsman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MARBCO), Marsman Individual Farmers Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MIFARBCO), DAPCO Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative-MDS (DARBCO-MDS), DAPCO Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative-IFS (DARBCO-IFS), Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Individual Self-manage Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARBISM), Checkered Farm Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CFARBEMPCO) and the Beneficiaries of Agrarian Reform of Checkered Farms Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BARC-MPC).

news national 1 pix 3 july 13 2018Aurora A. Cañesal, Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer of DAR Regional Support Services Division, encouraged the recipient to take good care of what was given to them by the government.

“The current administration is in full support to the development of the different agrarian reform organizations in the country and the said facilities are huge contributions in the local and national progress,”  Cañesal said.

On the other hand, Octavio Valle, Municipal Administrator of Carmen thanked the department for choosing and providing the said facilities to the cooperatives of the municipality because it also  helps in the economic stability of Carmen.news national 1 pix 4 july 13 2018

Also present on the event are Victor Sicam, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Senior Labor Employment Officer, Dominica Abat, Carmen Municipal Cooperative Development Council representative, Arturo Sahol, Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee representative, DARPO Chief Legal Officer Joselito Pingoy, MARPO Francisca Ferrer of Carmen, MARPO Floradelfa Montes of Sto. Tomas, MARPO Beatriz Alconera of Panabo City and DARPO Operation Division Personnel led by CARPO Floro Florasil Astillo.

Part of the turnover was the ceremonial signing of certificate of acceptance by the representatives of the ARBOs and the procedure demonstration of the mechanical dryers and chippers.

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DAR distributes land titles, farm equipment to 1,157 Cagayan farmers

news national 1 pix 1 july 11 2018BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones led the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) and support services to 1,157 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Cagayan Valley on Tuesday, July 10.

The agricultural lands covering an area of 2,044 hectares are situated in the provinces of Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Isabela.

Castriciones said the issuance of titles shows that the government recognizes the role of farmers as true heroes of the country.

“Last night, during our Cabinet meeting, the President said the farmers are close to his heart because they are the strength of the country,” said Castriciones.

The secretary said President Duterte’s directive to pursue a more aggressive agrarian reform program will ensure that farmer-beneficiaries are provided with what they need to uplift their economic lives.

“Where before they were left out by the government, the President will do its best to make them feel loved by providing the needed production loans, farm machineries, seeds, irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and other support services that would enhance their economic activities that would ultimately integrate their economic well-being into the mainstream of society,” he emphasized.

Castriciones added that under the Duterte administration, the DAR, being the lead implementing agency of CARP, will implement a two-pronged approach to separately cover more private and public agricultural lands for distribution to landless farmers.news national 1 pix 2 july 11 2018

For government-owned agricultural lands, he said the DAR is looking at identifying unclassified public lands or lands of the public domain with still no classification that may be converted into agricultural land.

“To achieve this, we have drafted an executive order (EO) for approval by the President.

The Secretary said that a bill is also being prepared by DAR which would contain procedures to acquire more agricultural lands for distribution and more measures to empower farmers.

“In this bill that we are drafting, we will distribute individual CLOAs instead of collective CLOAs. The President prefers this, and we agree because it is more empowering for farmers.”

“Individual CLOAs is better because it enables farmer-beneficiaries to have a clear and defined ownership of parcels of land. Unlike in collective CLOAs where a group of farmers owns the land,” added Castriciones.

He said the EO and the bill if approved and enacted, would greatly contribute in pursuing the second phase of agrarian reform.

Turn over of support services

At the same event, Castriciones, assisted by DAR Undersecretary for support services Emily Padilla, led the ceremonial turnover of farm machines which includes harvesters and tractors worth P50.5 million to farm cooperatives in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan.

news national 1 pix 3 july 11 2018“We want to uplift their economic lives by increasing their agricultural production and household income. That’s why these farm inputs are being provided to enhance the support systems of our ARBs,” Padilla said.

The DAR also turned over three bridges under the Tulay ng Pangulo para sa kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo. The bridges are in Baggao, Cagayan; Luna and Echague in Isabela.

Under the Village Level farm-focused enterprise Development (VELFED), a food-processing center was turned over to the Villa Pascua Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Quirino. The project called Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) worth P293,000 was turned over to the Tres Reyes ARB Cooperative.

Castriciones also launched the ARB Housing for farmers. “Our farmers do not only need their own land to till, they also need to have a house of their own.”

Also launched were the following: The DAR-Land Bank partnership on Accessible and Sustainable Lending program for farmers (ASL) and the livelihood assistance project in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). 

Farmer Pacita Balingan of Nueva Vizcaya couldn’t contain her happiness and shed tears of joy after receiving so much help from DAR.

“Salamat President Duterte, salamat DAR sa suporta sa ming mga magsasaka. Ramdam namin ang mga pagtulong  ninyo sa amin para makamit ang tunay na pagbabago,” Balingan said.

Photo 1: Secretary John Castriciones hands over CLOAs to a farmer-beneficiary as DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Joey Rolando Umblas looks on.

Photo 2: The Secretary cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the ARB housing launch. Assisting him were Congresswoman Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson, PagIBIG Senior Vice President for financial services Francisco Espana, Bayombong Mayor Ralph Lantion and DAR Assistant Secretary Minnie San Juan.

Photo 3: The Secretary inspects the harvesters and tractors before turning it over to agrarian cooperatives.

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Pangasinan ARBOs receive farm machineries from DAR

news national 1 pix 1 july 9 2018STA. MARIA, Pangasinan – A total of P13.5 million worth of farm machineries were recently handed over by the Department of Agrarian Reform to various Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations in the province of Pangasinan.

The turnover ceremony was facilitated at the Agrarian Reform Information and Marketing Center in Barangay Pilar, Sta. Maria town on Friday, July 6.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana B. Francisco said 16 farm machineries were formally turned over to 15 ARBOs that were carefully selected by sector representatives of DAR Pangasinan.

Franciso said recipient ARBOs were selected based on their maturity rating and ability to manage farm machineries, rental business, magnitude and the magnitude of members who will benefit from the project.

“It is, therefore, necessary that the ARBOs should understand and be aware of their responsibilities,” she pointed out.news national 1 pix 2 july 9 2018

Francisco also encouraged the members of cooperatives in the area to be diligent in convincing farmers, especially agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to become members of farm cooperatives.

A total of seven 4-wheel drive tractors with 35-horsepower implements, two hand tractors and two combine harvester DC-60 worth P10,360,000.00 were released during the distribution that was funded under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).

Another three 4-wheel drive tractors 35-horsepower implements and two water pumps worth P3,180,000.00 were also distributed that were funded under the Climate Resiliency Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPS).

Francisco said two hand tractors were also handed over to Basing Farmers Irrigators and Livestock Raisers Association, Inc. in Brgy. Basing, Lingayen and Sto. Domingo MPC that are based Brgy. Sto. Domingo, San Manuel.

news national 1 pix 3 july 9 2018Members of the Bayanihan Hundred Island Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Brgy. Linmansangan, Alaminos City and Lambayan MPC in Brgy. Poblacion, Mapandan also received combined harvesters DC-60.

Ten 4-wheel drive tractors with 35-horsepower implements were also given to ten ARBOs, to include the Cabarruyan Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Brgy. Poblacion, Anda, Guelew MPC in Brgy. Guelew, San Carlos City, Taloy Guilig Women & Farmers Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Brgy. Tempra Guilig, San Fabian, San Pedro Apartado MPC in Brgy. San Apartado, Alcala, Maganda Buhay Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Brgy. Labuan, San Quintin, Kristine Heart MPC in Brgy. Labuan, Umingan, Albacopa Federation of Cooperative in Brgy. Pilar, Sta. Maria, Doliman Multipurpose Cooperative in Brgy. Doliman, Infanta, Brgy. Diaz Farmers’ Association in Brgy. Diaz, Bautista and Golden Farms Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Brgy. Mantacdang, San Quintin, all in Pangasinan.

Two water pumps were given to Artacho Farmers’Association In Brgy. Artacho, Bautista.news national 1 pix 4 july 9 2018

Ranilo Padilla, the Chief Operating Officer of Albacopa Federation of Cooperatives was thankful for DAR’s effort in providing these farm implements that will increase farm productivity and will benefit farmer-members of the ARBOs.

The common service facilities (CSF) distribution was also witnessed by top provincial officials of Pangasinan led by 6th district Board Member Atty. Noel C. Bince. 

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DAR turns over 28.1-linear meter Tulay ng Pangulo in Negros Oriental

news national 3 pix 1 july6 2018BINDOY, Negros Oriental – The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Oriental turned over a Tulay ng Pangulo Para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo (TPKP) project to the Local Government Unit of Bindoy last June 25, 2018.

The 28.1 linear meter Ayumit Bridge with road and carriageway width of 7.0 linear meter now connects the residents of five barangays in the area, namely Camudlas, Tubod, Manseje, Part of Danawan and Salong to the town proper.

The DAR funded the construction of the TPKP project worth more than P 28.1 million and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The Turn-over Ceremony was highlighted with the message of Undersecretary for Foreign-Assisted Projects Office Sylvia F. Mallari from the DAR Central Office who emphasized that good governance and sustainability are very important for the project to last a long time.

“Where you find the bridges, you find the genuine development”, USEC Mallari added.

Regional Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr. on the other hand emphasized the presence of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in the area that will benefit the members of the Domolog-Poblacion-Tagaytay Farmer’s Association (DOFTAFA), Hacienda Asuncion Producers Association (HAPA), Matobato Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (MARBA), Bulod Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (BARBA), and Bindoy Federated Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (BinFarba).

The event was graced by the presence of 1st Congressional District Representative Jocelyn S. Limkaichong, Bindoy Municipal Mayor Valente D. Yap and Barangay Chairman Roli Tepacia.news national 3 pix 2 july 6 2018

Other DAR officials who witnessed the TPKP project turnover were Assistant Regional Directors Engr. P. Eliasem Castillo and Atty. Josephus A. Baterna from DAR 7, PARPO II Atty. Louie L. Naranjo, Infra Coordinator Engr. Rita Ann S. Ambrose, and staff from DARPO Negros Oriental, OIC Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Romeo Sygaco, barangay officials and local DPWH representatives. (Rosanna Gay S. Visitacion)

Photo 1:  DAR Undersecretary Sylvia F. Mallari (center) leading the ribbon cutting ceremony of Tulay ng Pangulo Para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo (TPKP) project turnover,  together with other DAR officials  (L-R) Assistant Regional Directors Atty. Josephus A. Baterna and Engr. Eliasem P. Castillo, Regional Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr, Camudlas Barangay Captain Roli Tepacia, Bindoy  Mayor Valente D. Yap, 1st Congressional District Representative Jocelyn S. Limkaichiong, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Atty. Louie L. Naranjo, CARPO for Program Beneficiaries Development Division Grace Mapili, and PARPO Sherwin Tubog.

Photo 2: The newly constructed Ayumit Bridge.

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DAR distributes 127 hectares of farmlands in CamSur II

news national 2 pix 1 july 6 2018NAGA CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed a total of 127 hectares of agricultural land to 90 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Camarines Sur II province.

According to the DAR Camarines Sur II provincial office, 42 hectare-land are distributed to 29 ARBs in Caramoan town; 30 hectares to 29 ARBs in Ocampo town and 55 hectares to 32 ARBs in the municipality of Tinambac.

DAR Bicol Regional Director Arnel S. Dizon during the distribution rites of certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) advised the farmers to think of innovative ways to make their lands productive to produce more at the same time protecting it all the time.

"If you take care of the land, and the land will take care of you and your families," said Dizon.

Dizon added that farmers have also a duty to look after the landscape of food production for future generations. “Our food production contributes so much for the country’s food security,” he said.news national 2 pix 2 july 6 2018

The CLOA distribution was accompanied by orientation on support services and development programs being offered and implemented by DAR for agrarian reform areas.

Engr. Manuel Nebreja of DAR's Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) explained to the farmers how the programs and projects can be availed of or by them as Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries.

news national 2 pix 3 july 6 2018DAR’s Legal Services Division also conducted a 'Legal Clinic' providing hands-on legal advice to agrarian reform beneficiaries in said municipalities and discussed CARP law matters generally.

The activities were also attended by Assistant Regional Director for Operations Samuel Solomero, Agrarian Reform Chief Maria Gracia R. Sales, other DAR personnel and  CARP-stakeholders. (GCBuensalida)

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