DAR mid-year performance review: DAR chief orders to speedup land distribution and support to farmers

news national 4 pix 1 july 29 2018TAGAYTAY CITY—“Let us be proactive in serving our farmers through land distribution and provision of much needed support services.”

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones stated this at the recently concluded 2018 mid-year performance review and planning conference held at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City.

The activity was conducted to ensure that targets are met and that the development thrusts of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte are integrated into the programs and services of DAR.

As the DAR implements phase 2 of the agrarian reform program, the department endeavors to cover more private and public agricultural lands for distribution to landless farmers.

Castriciones said foremost in his directive for the department is to increase issuance of certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) and to speed-up the provision of various support services to farmer-beneficiaries.

“It’s foolishness to ever state that farmers or farm workers do not want to own land. There is no such reason for the slow distribution of land for this year. That’s why we are streamlining procedures on land distribution to hasten the processes in the acquisition and distribution of lands,” Castriciones said.

Castriciones also emphasized the importance of forming agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs). It is through ARBOs that the DAR courses through its various support services.

To date, there are a total 5,451 ARBOs nationwide. Of these, 4,923 or 90.3 percent are operational.

He ordered the DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Provincial Officers (MARPOs) to look for and visit all CLOA and non-CLOA holders even in far-flung barangays, and encourage them to become members of ARBOs.

“The fastest and easiest way for farmers to get support services and assistance, is if they become or are members of ARBOs,” Castriciones said.

At the performance review, the participants identified the internal and external drivers and barriers of the DAR, which either helped or hindered in the achievements of its targets. 

The DAR Regional Directors also identified opportunities for improvements to further enhance the implementation of DAR’s projects, priority programs and management accountability.

To meet department targets, Castriciones ordered each DAR offices to draw up a contract stating their targets for the year.

“I want this done to ensure that we properly implement our mandate and deliver the support services to our farmer-beneficiaries,” Castriciones said.

For his final message, Castriciones directed his officials to implement agrarian reform laws to aid in fighting for farmers’ rights and expediting agrarian legal cases.

“With these directives, the workforce of the department would do its best to implement programs and projects that would intensify land distribution, delivery of judicious agrarian justice and provision of support services,” Castriciones said. 

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