Engaging Farmer Leaders Through the Paralegal Development Program

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The Paralegal Training Program has worked well in assisting selected DAR municipal offices in  fastracking the acquisition and distribution of target landholdings under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

To sustain this effort, the Agrarian Reform Capacity Development Service (ARCDS), conducted the second phase of the Capacity Enhancement of Paralegal Program Implementers to make it conform  to the composition changes of Provincial Management Teams (PMTs) brought about by the implementation of the DAR Rationalization Program.  photoparalegal3

Designated paralegal program implementers, mostly Division Chiefs (DCs) from the Legal, Operations and Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) group and selected farmer paralegals were gathered at the Atrium Hotel, Manila in two batches (June 1-3, 2015 and June 3-5, 2015) for orientation; discussion of program sustainability, reflection on  accountabilities and results, and to chart  the programs’ implementation this year.

Forty-six (46) regional/provincial PMTs from 12 provinces namely: Isabela, Albay, Masbate, Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Surigao Norte and Agusan Norte attended the activity.

Margie Linogo (Negros Oriental), Felix Endab (Zamboanga del Norte) and  Evelyn Dorimon (Masbate), all farmer paralegals who were trained under the program, added color and warmth to the activity for sharing their experiences  and contributions in moving lands for acquisition and distribution.