The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has already awarded a total of 40,423 hectares of agricultural lands to 20,312 farmer-beneficiaries in the province of Agusan del Norte since the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in 1988.
DAR Caraga Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said the province’s accomplishment has already reached 94-percent from its target scope of 43,216 hectares, which demonstrates the department’s continuous empowerment to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) by way of social justice through equitable distribution of lands.
“Thousands of farmers are now landowners of the land they till. Since year 2000, the DAR has posted 57% growth or a total of 22,860 hectares distributed lands. Thanks to Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Andre B. Atega for helping achieve such accomplishment since he took over in this province in 2004,” Mambuay said.
PARPO Atega revealed that Director Mambuay directed him and other CARP-implementers to monitor the status of their targets early this year and to keep it in the right track. “The goal is to distribute the remaining 2,793 hectares [2015 target] of land to deliver before the first semester ends,” he said.
“We introduced innovative approach to accelerate land distribution by weekly monitoring the targeted lands for distribution, with the aid of Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR), to ensure the progress of land distribution in this province,” Atega said.
PARO II Andre Atega also lauded DAR employees and all CARP-stakeholders in the province who helped him push the CARP forward.
“Because of DAR personnel’s dedication and commitment to the objectives of the program, the economic lives of our farmer-beneficiaries have improved and our cooperatives were transformed into a bank-like operation. Their stories are proofs that life is better after agrarian reform interventions,” Atega said. (Gil Miranda)