DAR not closing its doors to farmers - Bistoyong

news national 1 pix 1 oct. 24 2017QUEZON CITY – Top officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led by OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong met with leaders of various peoples’ organizations (POs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in a consultation-dialogue at the DAR central office here on Monday afternoon, October 23.

Bistoyong assured the leaders of POs and NGOs of DARs commitment to support the ARBs by strengthening and expanding the support services of the agency.

POs who joined last Monday’s consultation dialogue include the leaders of KABAPA/FLRWS, DAMMMBA/FLRWS, PKMP/FLRWS, KAMMPI-FPO, TFM, KATARUNGAN and PAKISAMA while NGOs present came from PHILDHRRA, CCCP, Ministry of Public Affairs of the Archdiocese of Manila and CBCP-NASSA.

Bistoyong also vowed to fast-track the legal concerns and other issues that PO and NGO leaders raised during the consultation-dialogue.

Heads of different units of the DAR were also instructed by Bistoyong to attend to the concerns of POs and NGOs specifically on the issues of land acquisition and distribution (LAD) and matters related to the implementation of the agrarian reform law.

“It is the mandate of the DAR to advance the interests and welfare of the farmers, especially the ARBs,” Bistoyong pointed out.news national 1 pix 2 oct. 24 2017

The consultation-dialogue on Monday dispelled the claims made by some group of farmers, saying that the leadership of DAR is refusing to face the farmers in a dialogue.

The said group, led by the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) are holding a protest in front of the DAR central office for more than a week now.

“DAR has been stretching its arms to POs and NGOs. We are not closing our doors to consultation-dialogues,” Bistoyong said.

She added that issues and concerns raised by KMP have already been discussed in recent consultation-dialogues.

Bistoyong said legal and technical impediments in relation to the problems raised by various farmers organizations were already attended to by concerned bureaus of DAR.

Director Leomides Villareal of the Public Affairs and Media Relations Service of DAR said the agency has been open to consultation-dialogues with various farmers’ groups.

news national 1 pix 3 oct. 24 2017In fact, Villareal added, series of scheduled consultation-dialogues were already facilitated by DAR in the past three months, a number of which were attended by key leaders and members of the militant KMP.

“Records in our office will show the scheduled consultation-dialogues until December of this year. These upcoming consultation-dialogues were requested by various POs and NGOs. Secretary Bistoyong and the rest of the leadership of DAR are always ready to sit with the farmers on these negotiations,” he stressed.

Bistoyong, together with top DAR officials also visited the farmer leaders and members from the areas of Bicol, Bukidnon and Davao who took temporary shelter inside the gymnasium in DAR central office on Monday evening.

She also gathered the concerns of the farmers during the visit and instructed department heads for appropriate actions.news national 1 pix 4 oct. 24 2017

Photo 1: Agrarian Reform OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong met with leaders of various people’s organizations (POs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in a consultation-dialogue on Monday afternoon, October 23 at the DAR central office in Quezon City. The activity dismissed the claim of some farmers’ group saying that DAR officials are refusing to sit down with farmers in consultation-dialogues.

Photo 2: Farmer leader Lanie Factor (far right) of Task Force Mapalad presented her concerns directly to Agrarian Reform OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong in a consultation-dialogue held at the Department of Agrarian Reform central office on Monday afternoon, October 23. The activity dismissed the claim of some farmers’ group saying that DAR officials are refusing to sit down with farmers in consultation-dialogues.

Photo 3: Agrarian Reform OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong met with leaders of various people’s organizations (POs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in a consultation-dialogue on Monday afternoon, October 23 at the DAR central office in Quezon City. The activity dismissed the claim of some farmers’ group saying that DAR officials are refusing to sit down with farmers in consultation-dialogues.

Photo 4: Public Affairs and Media Relations Service Director Leomides Villareal (standing) reported to the leaders of POs and NGOs during the consultation-dialogue at the Department of Agrarian Reform central office on Monday afternoon, October 23 of DAR’s openness to dialogues and consultations. The activity dismissed the claim of some farmers’ group saying that DAR officials are refusing to sit down with farmers in consultation-dialogues. 

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