NASSER C. PANGANDAMAN, Secretary, DAR (July 11, 2005 to July 2009)

In support to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s poverty alleviation thrusts,  the administration of Secretary Hernani Braganza, Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan, Secretary Jose Mari Ponce, Secretary Rene Villa and Secretary Nasser Pangandaman embarked on the Bayan-Anihan CARP framework. 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 these Secretaries who have handled the development efforts and support services provided in the agrarian reform communities that displayed a bustling and empowered community.

As regards to Agrarian Justice Delivery (AJD), DAR has 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). From 2001 to 2009, it was a continuing program of agrarian justice delivery. Various mechanisms were instituted to reduce agrarian cases. 

The inventory of CARP scope project or ICS was started during Secretary Villa’s administration and continued by the administration of Secretary Pangandaman in order to determine the actual CARP scope of agricultural lands to be distributed. In addition, a task force on problematic landholdings was created to transform problematic landholdings into workable and achievable accomplishments.