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DAR installs farmers in Negros Occidental

news reg 2 pix 1 march 23. 2017The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently installed 114 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the cities of La Carlota and Kabankalan  in Negros Occidental.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia Taberna said 90 farmers were installed in the 53-hectare area in the landholdings of the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) in Hda. Santillana in Brgy. Camingawan in Kabankalan City.   “The installation was made possible through the partnership between the DAR and the Social Action Center of the city,” she said.

Meanwhile, 24 ARBs were installed in a 41-hectare land previously owned by BJ Agricultural Corporation in Hda. De Agua, Brgy. Cubay in La Carlota City.

Taberna said the DAR is willing to extend all available supports that may help the farmers for them to become productive and attain sustainable livelihoods.news reg 2 pix 2 march 23 2017

“All I ask of you is not to engage in the “ariendo” system which is a violation of the existing contract, and a ground for disqualification and eventual ejection from the land,” Taberna said.

Arriendo system is an informal leasing arrangement that is not authorized by the Agrarian Reform Department. This system puts farmer beneficiaries at a disadvantage as they only receive very cheap rentals from arriendadors. 

Taberna challenged the farmer-beneficiaries to defend and assert their rights as the new owners of the awarded lands and to make their land productive. (Drexel Glen Pajarilla)

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DAR head office team to mediate coop dispute

visayan dailyPersonnel from the central office of the Department of Agrarian Reform are coming to Negros Occidental on February 8 to mediatein the case between the ECJ Farm Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the ECJ CLOA Holders Association that has already reached the office of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council in Malacañang.

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Mariano orders investigation, fast resolution of land dispute in Negros

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 31 2017NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Farmers’ blood yet again spilled over Negros, considered the bastion of haciendas, when a lone assailant fired gunshots at a disputed area in Barangay San Benito, Calatrava leaving 48-year-old Wenceslao Pacquiao dead and Rebeco Paubaya wounded, January 25.

Agrarian reform chief Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano directed Negros Island Regional Director Stephen Leonidas to investigate and fast track the resolution of the land dispute where the victims’ farms are situated to give them justice.

“Necessary steps to hasten the resolution of agrarian disputes are in place to avoid the death of another farmer in cold blood,” said Mariano.

Reports received by DAR disclosed that Pacquiao and Paubaya were cultivating their lands when an unidentified armed man fired the shots. Pacquiao was a member of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Negros.

The land in question was originally owned by Angelina Bruce Laguda and is currently leased to several farmers by Agustilo Hullesa. She opted to sell the land through the Voluntary Offer to Sell (VOS) scheme which allowed DAR to process land distribution to qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) were then distributed to beneficiaries but farmers who were not included in the list – Pacquiao and Paubaya being one of these tillers, challenged it.

The shooting happened while the issued CLOA is questioned before the DAR.

Earlier this year, Alexander Ceballos also a farmer from Negros, sustained a headshot that led to his death.

Since Mariano assumed office in July 2016, he promised to protect the rights and welfare of farmers. “We want to welcome the sunrise with lands in the hands and control of the farmers, but we certainly do not want to see the sunset with death of a fellow farmer,” Mariano added.


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