"Make it happen", is the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Felix Perry Villanueva's call to all third level officials during the agency's Orientation on the Preparation of the 2016 Budget held in Davao City, February 9-11, 2015.
Speaking with emphasis, Usec Villanueva of the Finance, Planning, Management and Administration Office (FMAO), challenged both Regional and Provincial executives to "fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds of distance run," considering now that DAR is in its most important 500 days before June 2016.
DAR was named as among the national agencies with underutilized funds in CY-2014. However, Villanueva cited the disruptive rationalization program under Executive Order 366, the putative Administrative Order 34 creating the inter-agency committee to review the institutional arrangements for land management and rural development, other bureaucracy challenges and management dilemma among the various factors affecting the DAR's "poor" organizational absorptive capacity.
But he said things are expected to change, with DAR in action. He shared key measures, from team learning to backward designing, to further harmonize the interaction between DARs administrative procedures with that of the operations, support service and legal activities
Villanueva's call is in support to the DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes' challenge to Regional Directors and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers to act as main orchestrators of providing development among the farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries.
"This is for our farmer beneficiaries, the reason why we exist", says Villanueva. (Joie Ceballos)