91 Mindanao Farmers Now On Way Home For Christmas

news national 1 pix 1 dec. 19 2017QUEZON CITY – After staying for nearly two months in Metro Manila to join the other sectors to ventilate their grievances, the 91 farmers from Davao region in Mindanao are now on their way home for Christmas.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Acting Secretary John R. Castriciones attributed the success of the send-off ceremony on Monday, December 18 to the teamwork of DAR officials, employees, other concerned agencies and the local government of Quezon City.
The formal send-off of the Mindanao farmers was realized five days after Castriciones formally assumed as DAR acting secretary.

news national 1 pix 2 dec. 19 2017Other top officials of DAR, to include Undersecretaries Rosalina L. Bistoyong, Karlo S. Bello, Luis Meinrado C. Pangulayan and Emily O. Padilla; Directors Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) and Rene E. Colocar of the Administrative Service also joined Castriciones during the send-off activity.

Before they commenced their journey home, DAR had prepared a program where farmer leaders and members got the chance to meet and talk with the top officials of the agency where they made known their demands, among them, was on the issuance of an installation order for the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Tagum Development Corporation (TADECO) in the province of Davao del Norte.

Castriciones assured the farmers that DAR will immediately look into their demands and directed the field operations and legal services units of the department to fast-track the resolutions of the above-stated appeal for the issuance of an installation order.

The new DAR chief also emphasized to the farmers of the importance of the processes that the department must comply with regard to issuances and orders.

He also reiterated the thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of accelerating the process of the release of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) of the ARBs and the provision of support programs and services.

The office of Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte took care of the food packs and the boxes of bottled water needed by the Mindanao farmers for their long journey home.

news national 1 pix 3 dec. 19 2017The farmers also received scholarship certificates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) through the office of Deputy Director Diosdado Padilla.

Despite the heavy rains on Monday, the dismantling of the tents and camps previously set up by the farmers in front of the DAR central office went on.

The farmers left Quezon City at around 10:00 p.m. on Monday.

Photo 1 and 3: DAR Acting Secretary John R. Castriciones was joined by the leaders of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Southern Mindanao and other top officials of DAR during the send-off ceremony held on Monday, December 18 at DAR central office. The 91 farmers from Mindanao went home to join their families for Christmas after nearly two months of stay in Manila.

Photo 2 and 7: Dismantling of tents and camps immediately in front of the DAR central office started after the send-off ceremony on Monday, December 18. The 91 farmers from Mindanao went home to join their families for Christmas after nearly two months of stay in Manila.

Photo 4: DAR Acting Secretary John R. Castriciones together with Undersecretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong emphasized some important points in a meeting with KMP officers and members during the send-off ceremony held on Monday, December 18 at the DAR central office. The 91 farmers from Mindanao went home to join their families for Christmas after nearly two months of stay in Manila.

Photo 5: DAR Acting Secretary John R. Castriciones (left) and KMP Southern Mindanao chair Pedro Arnado (right) led the signing of agreement during the send-off ceremony held at the DAR central office on Monday, December 18. The 91 farmers from Mindanao went home to join their families for Christmas after nearly two months of stay in Manila.

Photo 6: DAR Acting Secretary John R. Castriciones exchanged pleasantries with KMP Southern Mindanao leaders and members during the send-off ceremony held at the DAR central office on Monday, December 18. The 91 farmers from Mindanao went home to join their families for Christmas after nearly two months of stay in Manila.

Photo 8: Farmers start to aboard in one of the buses that will convey them home during the send-off ceremony held at the DAR central office on Monday, December 18. The 91 farmers from Mindanao went home to join their families for Christmas after nearly two months of stay in Manila.

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