Negros Island Region dissolution won’t affect the farmers – DAR

news national 1 pix 1 aug 17 2017Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael V. Mariano assured the farmers from Negros Island Region (NIR) that the department would still continue to deliver its utmost agrarian reform services despite the forthcoming abolishment of their region.

President Rodrigo Duterte last week signed Executive Order No. 38 (EO) abolishing NIR. As provided by the EO, the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental shall revert to Region VI and Region VII, respectively.

The EO stated that the establishment of regional offices of departments and agencies in the NIR requires substantial appropriation to be fully operational, thus, will be competing with government priority programs and projects for funding.

“We will comply with the EO’s directives, however, we will also consult with all the involved stakeholders for us to study what’s best to be done,” Mariano said.

Mariano stressed that the affected DAR employees would either be absorbed or be sent back to their previous units.

“This region has high land acquisition and distribution (LAD) balance, if we need to reinforce more personnel to work from the region up to barangay level, we will take that into consideration,” Mariano said.

Negros Island has the biggest balance of landholdings nationwide under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) with 89,794 hectares regionwide, comprising of 71,837 beneficiaries. For this year, NIR has a target of 12,392 hectares to distribute.

DAR-NIR has currently 23 permanent and 30 job order employees.

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