ROBERTO M. PAGDANGANAN, Secretary, DAR (January 20, 2003- January 20, 2004)
The administration of Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan continued with the Bayan-Anihan CARP Framework to support President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s poverty alleviation thrusts. This framework provides for the transformation of the Philippine Countryside into vibrant and dynamic communities through the Program’s focused intervention under the agrarian reform communities (ARC) Strategy.
With this, Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) component of the DAR increased tremendously thru foreign assisted projects in the agrarian reform communities. Part of its success was brought about by the efficient manner Secretary Pagdanganan handled the development efforts and support services provided in the agrarian reform communities.
As regards to Agrarian Justice Delivery (AJD), DAR through his leadership carried out two programs namely agrarian legal assistance (ALA) under the Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance and the adjudication of agrarian cases thru the DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB). Various mechanisms were instituted to reduce agrarian cases.