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CARP implementing agencies audited on its accomplishments

news reg 1 pix 1 may 24 2018BOLINAO, Pangasinan - The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat is currently conducting a four-day National Exit Conference focusing on the auditing of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Implementing Agencies (CIAs) of their performance on the programs and projects under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) undertaken for calendar years 2009 to 2015.

“The goal of the CARP audit is to ensure the proper utilization of the agrarian reform fund as it relates to the physical performance of the CIAs,” said Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan who also serves as PARC Council Secretary.

“This audit would also help us evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of CARP implementation in the countryside,” Pañgulayan added.

The CARP audit is an activity of the Audit Management and Investigation Committee (AMIC), a body formed by PARC to ensure the transparency and accountability of the agrarian reform program.

“This is being conducted as a response to the call for an assessment of CARP implementation roused by both the Houses of Congress and other stakeholders of the program,” Pañgulayan noted.

Participating in the CARP audit are DAR officials, AMIC and AMIC technical working groups, field audit teams and the CIAs to include the Land Bank of the Phil. (LBP), Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and the Land Registration Administration (LRA).news reg 1 pix 2 may 24 2018

PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce said that prior to the National Exit Conference, field audit teams (FAT) were formed in nine selected regions in the country. Each FAT, composed of representatives from CIAs and designations by the PARC Private Sector Representatives and from landowner and farmers’ sector conducted field audits based on the audit plan and methodologies approved by the AMIC. The FATs completed the audit in two months.

Ponce said each CIAs were audited on the following categories: DAR (land survey and agri-business venture agreements), DENR (inspection, verification and approval of land survey, public land survey, patent processing and issuance); LRA (registration of titles); LBP (land valuation/landowners’ compensation, land amortization collection, Pre-ocular inspection & joint DAR-LBP field inspection); DENR (community-based forest management); NIA (irrigation projects); DTI (trainings).

“This four-day activity in the National Exit Conference is their opportunity to present their findings to the auditees and for the auditees to react or address these findings,” said Ponce.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 24 2018According to Ponce, the reports and audit findings could result in policy issuances from the PARC executive committee and the PARC, the highest policy and coordinating body of CARP.

“The audit findings, if it is too good or too bad, could trigger necessary changes in the operations of the CIAs relative to the program implementation. Or, it can lead to further investigation by the AMIC technical working group especially on findings with allegations of irregularities,” Ponce said.

The 2017 CARP Audit National Exit Conference is being held in Bolinao, Pangasinan from May 22-25, 2018. 

Photo 1: PARC Council Secretary Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan thanking the AMIC and the field audit teams for their valuable service.

Photo 2: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce (middle) welcoming the CIA representatives.

Photo 3: Resource speaker Mr. Ricardo San Andres explaining the CARP-audit process to the participants.

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93-year-old Pangasinan farmer receives land title from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 may 11 2018STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan—Ninety-three-year-old Emerenciana Bustamante from Burgos, Pangasinan was teary-eyed after receiving her long-awaited certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones in distribution ceremony held here.

“My long wait is finally over! The land is now legally mine,” cried Bustamante who, together with his husband farmed the land for more than 40 years.

“I know my husband is smiling in heaven. Our dream of owning the land for our only child finally came true,” Bustamante said.

Bustamante is the oldest of the 155 jubilant agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received their CLOAs in a ceremony held at the Farmers’ Pavillion, Tebag East, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan on Thursday, May 10.

Castriciones together with Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello led the distribution of CLOAs and awarded certificates of training to 186 farmer-graduates.

The distributed lands covered some 322 hectares of agricultural lands located in the municipalities of Anda, Burgos, Dasol and Alaminos City.

Farmer Bustamante, who is also a retired teacher said that to augment their income, she taught in the elementary school while her late husband planted rice and fruit crops in the farm. “Now that I am in my twilight age, and my husband is in heaven, I will leave this land to my only child and to my grandchildren. I’m so happy, I know their future will be secured because I have something to leave them with,” Bustamante said.

Castriciones said the department will not stop after land distribution. “We will put into action a convergence strategy to provide support services to our farmers.”

According to Castriciones, among those lined up for implementation are housing projects for farmers, TESDA scholarships for children of ARBs, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps program of the Dept. of Social Welfare, provision of crop insurance from the Phil. Crop Insurance Corp., credit assistance from the Land Bank of the Phils. and from other financial institutions.news reg 1 pix 2 may 11 2018

“We are lucky because we have a President who love the farmers. He is very supportive and these support services will be conducted under his term,” said Castriciones.

Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo Bello thanked the DAR personnel in Pangasinan for efficiently facilitating the distribution of CLOAs to farmer-beneficiaries.

“It is so heartwarming to see farmers with their happy faces. They are very grateful for finally owning the land they have been tilling for so long. On our part, we are just as happy working for all of you to own your land,” Bello said.

During the CLOA distribution, Secretary Castriciones awarded certificates of training to 186 farmer-graduates.

DAR Regional Director Judita Tungol said they have recently conducted various trainings to help strengthen farm cooperatives under the Social Infrastructure Building (SIB) of the department.

She said three farm officials from 62 farm cooperatives were trained on basic cooperative courses namely: rules formulation, basic accounting, standard setting, credit management and delinquency control.

“Part of our work is to assist our farmers in maintaining and sustaining their farm cooperatives. These courses are essential in helping them achieve that,” said Tungol.

Other officials present during the event include DAR Assistant Secretary for Foreign-Assisted Projects Teresita Vistro, Assistant Regional Director Felicidad Dumaguing, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers Maria Ana Francisco, Christianne Suguitan and Vic Ines.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 11 2018DAR’s intensified CLOA distributions and releases of support programs and services are consistent with the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte – to uplift the lives of the farmers in the country.

The President also mulls for the implementation of the second phase of agrarian reform program in the country, this time, to focus on government lands, specifically forest lands that have been left idle and undeveloped for agricultural production for years.

Photo 1: 93-year-old Emerenciana Bustamante from Burgos, Pangasinan receiving her long-awaited certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana Francisco.

Photo 2: Secretary Castriciones giving his speech to farmer-beneficiaries.

Photo 3: The Secretary with DAR officials Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello, Assistant Secretary for Foreign-Assisted Projects Teresita Vistro, Assistant Regional Director Felicidad Dumaguing and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana Francisco.

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Information and quick-response officers convention

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 28 2017BOLINAO, Pangasinan (Nov. 28, 2017)—The department’s communications bureau is currently conducting a convention for its Information and Quick-response Officers to assess the projects and programs executed for 2017 and to craft their communications plan for 2018.

Public Assistance and Media Relations (PAMRS) Director Leomides R. Villareal said this is being done to synchronize the programs and projects of the PAMRS’ information and clientele relations divisions where the information and quick-response officers respectively belong.

“But more importantly, this assessment would help us improve our performance and think of strategies to better serve our farmers and stakeholders,” Villareal said.

Villareal said DAR fully supports the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to help the farmers improve their economic lives through land distribution and provision of support services. 

Photo: Public Assistance and Media Relations Director Leomides Villareal orienting the participants of the bureaus’ direction for the year 2018.

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DAR conducts dialogue to revitalize garlic, onion industry in Ilocos Region

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 13 2017SAN JUAN, La Union – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently presided over a dialogue aimed to revitalize garlic and onion industry in agrarian reform areas in Ilocos Region and to address the production and marketing problems of onion and garlic farmers in the area.

The dialogue was facilitated on Thursday, November 9 in San Juan town in La Union.

Regional Director Virgilio L. Acuna said the dialogue was organized to address the reported deep decline in the domestic production of onions and garlic in the area.

Data provided DAR in the region indicated that the decrease of onion and garlic production in Ilocos Region resulted in the importation of onion and garlic from the other countries.

Acuna said latest numbers showed that 94% of the supply of garlic and 60% of onion in the Philippine market are already imported from the foreign markets.

He also enumerated various problems faced by the onion and garlic industry in the area which includes plant diseases and the lack of quality seedlings which severely reduces the quality and volume of production, the entry of cheap imports and smuggled garlic and onions.

The massive inflow of imported and smuggled onions and garlic to the local markets also dropped the prices of locally produced onions and garlic that eventually incurred losses to the local farmers.

Acuna also took note of the lack of new production technology available to local garlic and onions producers as among the factors of the decline of the production of said farm products.

He added that the dialogue also aimed to directly identify from the farmers their present status and predicaments in the light of the current industry situation.

“From there, we would determine the possible types of assistance that can be provided to the farmers by the government, local government of units and private sectors such as technical assistance, inputs, production and post-harvest facilities, support infrastructures, credit, farm types of machinery and assured market support among others,” Acuna pointed out.

DAR’s Head Executive Assistant Shiela Enciso delivered a message in behalf of OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong that emphasized her support to the onion and garlic industry in the country.

The other factors on the decline of the production of onion in the region were also presented by PARPO II Maria Ana B. Francisco during the dialogue.news reg 1 pix 2 nov. 13 2017

These factors, Francisco said include the prolonged rainy seasons during the recent years and the severe attack by a fungus.

Acuna was joined during the dialogue by Congressman DV B. Savellano, DAR Region XI Director Joseph H. Orilla, Vice Governor Aureo Nisce who represented Governor Pacoy Ortega, Benito S. Andaya of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Ruby Ann L. Matutino from the Office of Senator Cynthia A. Villar, PARPO II Christianne Suguitan, PARPO II Vic M. Ines and PARPO II Atty. Raul C. Laluan.

The activity was participated by farmers from the provinces of Ilocos Norte,  Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. 

Photo 1: Regional Director Virgilio L. Acuna together with Congressman DV B. Savellano, DAR HEA Shiela Enciso, DAR Region XI Director Joseph H. Orilla, Vice Governor Aureo Nisce, Benito S. Andaya of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Ruby Ann L. Matutino from the Office of Senator Cynthia A. Villar graced the dialogue on revitalizing garlic and onion industries in agrarian reform areas in Ilocos Region that was held on Thursday, November 9 in San Juan, La Union.

Photo 2: PARPO II Maria Ana B. Francisco of Pangasinan speaks before the agrarian reform beneficiaries emphasizing the province' support to revitalize the onion and garlic industry in agrarian reform areas. The stakeholders' consultation- dialogue was conducted at the Puerto de San Juan in San Juan town, La Union on Thursday, November 9.

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