Negros Occidental, Oct. 3 (PIA6) - - Reprsentatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) went through paralegal trainings under Department of Agrarian Reform-South.
The series of paralegal trainings were held at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City where participants underwent the trainings in batches since early last month.Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia S. Taberna said she was happy with the result of the trainings wherein objectives were met such as having a common synchronized understanding and interpretation of DAR's administrative orders, issuances, agrarian laws and guidelines related to the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and strengthened ties between DAR and CSOs.
"Many issues and concerns were discussed and given resolutions especially those that contributed to the usual misunderstanding between the DAR personnel and CSO leaders and members," Taberna said in a press release.
Meanwhile, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas representative Haydee Luces said she appreciates the training since it served as a proper venue to settle things.
According to Luces, through this, future rallies and demonstrations of their orgnization can now be possibly avoided because they now understood the processes and systems of the department through the conduct of trainings and workshops.
Also, Kilusang May Uno Arturo Tadena promised to support the programs and advocacies of the department for the farmers.
Salient features of Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB), Thrust and Policies of the new DAR Secretary, Farmer Beneficiaries' Identification (Administrative Order No. 7, Series of 2011); Survey and Joint Field Investigation (Administrative Order No. 4, Series of 2014); salient features of Administrative Order No. 9, Series of 2011; salient features of Administrative Order No. 3, series of 2011, salient features of Administrative Order No. 8, series of 2011 and salient features of Support Services which were all related to the engagements of CSOs.
As an offshoot of the trainings and workshops, a strategic planning with the participants is set October 19 to 20 that would discuss plans and strategies towards expedition of Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) to be participated by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP); Damayan ng Manggagawa, Magsasaka at Mangingisda sa Bansa (DAMMMBA), Inc.; Kaisahan tungo sa Kaunlarang Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan, Inc.; Movement for Agrarian and Rural Development Democratic Association Labor of Organization (MARA-DALO); Paghida-et sa Kauswagan Development Group, Inc. (PDG); National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW); Task Force Mapalad (TFM); Alternative Center for Empowerment of Rural Poor (ACERP); Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) and Federation of Free Farmers (FFF).
These CSOs will also be the partner of the department in conducting various activities under the Gender Awareness and Development (GAD) Program and other programs in partnerships with the Provincial CARP Implementing Team (PCIT). *(EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)