Bacolod City - Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong on Thursday, October 12 led the massive campaign dubbed as “Kampanya Kontra-Ariendo” in La Castellana, Bacolod City.
The campaign is aimed to lessen the rampant engagement of some of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in illegal sale, transfer, and lease of their awarded lands or the local practice of “arriendohanay”.
Bistoyong reported that based on the data gathered by Negros Occidental South, the province was able to cover and distribute a total of 10,537 landholdings comprising 169,219.599 hectares to 73,406 ARBs.
“Unfortunately, out of 73,406 ARBs, only 28% or 20,751 of 73,406 ARBs were properly documented and profiled by the DAR”, she said.
Bistoyong also emphasized that to address the rampant “arriendohanay”, DAR Negros Occidental 2 has intensified its campaign to remind the farmer-beneficiaries of the condition under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which prohibits any sale, transfer, lease or any other form of conveyance by the beneficiaries of awarded lands within 10 years.
This DAR-initiated campaign came into force after the data showed that as of October 4, 2017, a total of 639 landholdings comprising of 16,598.1286 hectares were illegally leased, sold, conveyed and transferred by 8,145 ARBs.
The DAR Negros Occidental 2 is intensifying the documentation and profiling of agrarian reform beneficiaries and the implementation of the three major final outputs (MFO) comprising of land tenure services, agrarian legal services and technical advisory for support services.
“There is no reason for the ARBs to lease out their land since the DAR already provides support services to make their land productive and provide them with a decent source of sustainable livelihood’” Bistoyong said.
Bistoyong also noted that: “The study revealed that among the major reasons the ARB’s engage in “arriendohanay” system includes lack financial production capital, farm tools, and equipment, sufficient knowledge, strategies and skills relative to farm management, business and milling transactions, among others”.
“The practice of 'aryendo' is illegal and a willful and deliberate obstruction in the delivery of the agrarian reform program,” Bistoyong said. “We urge those who were forced to lease or sell their lots to hold their ground. Violation of such law would be tantamount to necessary penalties including charges and disqualification from the program,” she pointed out.
Bistoyong was joined during the activity by Regional 6 Director Stephen M. Leonidas, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Lucrecia S. Taberna and PARPO 1 Enrique C. Paderes.
The activity was also participated by various agencies which are members of the Provincial CARP Implementing Team (PCIT), led by La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla G. Nicor-Mangilimutan, representatives from LGU Binalbagan Salvacion Arzaga, Nydia Granada and Emerson Arawiran, Provincial Agriculturist Office Rodolfo Abano, Landbank Saturnino Desoasido, 303 RD Brigade Phil. Army Capt. Ariel Castro, Department of Trade and Industry Lovely Dulaca, representatives from NIA Michael Demafellis and John Dy Nalagon and PSWDO Ma. Naty Bayona.
Photo 1: Agrarian Reform Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong (standing) led the massive campaign dubbed as “Kampanya Kontra-Arriendo” in La Castellana, Bacolod City on Thursday, October 12. The activity aimed to lessen illegal sale, transfer, and lease of awarded lands or the practice of “arriendohanay”.
Photo 2: Farmers from various Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) attended the“Kampanya Kontra-Ariendo” in La Castellana, Bacolod City on Thursday, October 12. The activity reminded the farmers of the condition under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which prohibits any sale, transfer, lease or any other form of conveyances by the beneficiaries of awarded lands within 10 years.
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