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DAR-CSO dialogue and consultation

news reg 1 pix 1 april 12 2017Agrarian Reform Undersecretary David Erro together with Asec. Elmer Distor, Asec. Jun-Jun Malsi and Region 2 Director Homer Tobias leads the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)- Civil Society Organizations (CSO) dialogue discussing the land use cases comprising of 15 landholdings in Cagayan Valley Region. 

Erro assured the farmers and leaders of  Anakpawis, Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Cagayan (KAGIMUAN), Alyansa Dagiti Manalon nga Maag-agawan ti Daga (AMADA), Cagayan Farmers Irrigators Association (CFIA), Alyansa ng Kababaihang Magbubukid (AMIHAN) and Peasants Youth Group ((MASAKBAYAN) for the immediate resolution of their issues and concerns. (admin-pamrs)

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Sec. Ka Paeng to agrarian beneficiaries: Develop your lands!

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 23 2017CABARROGUIS, QUIRINO--Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” V. Mariano challenged the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to develop and cultivate the lands awarded to them during his first ever visit here on December 20 at the Capitol Hills Gymnasium.

Mariano was in the province for the joint EP/CLOA (emancipation patents/certificates of land ownership award) Distribution Caravan of the DAR provincial offices of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. 

“Ang hamon sa DAR at sa mga ARBs, inaasahan po natin na lalo pa ninyong gagawing produktibo at pagyayamanin pa ang lupang inyong lilinangin at siyempre po, yan naman ang pangunahing pinangggalingan ng kabuhayan ng ating mga kanya-kanyang pamilya ng ating mga agrarian reform beneficiaries,” Sec. Mariano told hundreds of ARBs from Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya.

Of the 20 provinces he has visited since his appointment as agrarian reform Secretary, he said the estimated number of ARBs awarded with CLOAs is about 5,000. He also encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to have dialogues with the DAR as evinced by the symbolical opening of the gates of the DAR Central Office when he was appointed as secretary.

“Ang patakaran natin ay open door, ibig sabihin bukas po tayo sa mga dialogo, pakikipagkonsulta, interaksyon, pakikipanayam, open forum kasama ang ating mga pangunahing mga stakeholders, ang atin pong mga magsasaka at sa atin pong mga beneficiary,” Mariano said.

A farmer and a champion of the farmers’ rights since his youth, Mariano is continuing his advocacies through his thrusts and policy directives for implementation by the workforce of the department.

First and foremost in his directive is the promotion of farmers’ rights and welfare and the protection of farmers’ security of tenure.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 23 2017

“Dapat ganap na maging pag-aari ng magsasaka ang kanyang lupa, magkaroon siya ng direkta at aktual na control, posesyon, at 'yung patuloy ngang cultivation, pagbubungkal sa lupa. ‘Yun po ang pangunahin. Ngunit kailangan po ng tuloy-tuloy na suporta sa atin pong mga magsasaka. At hinahanap nga po natin na ang ating mga magsasaka, hindi na napipilitan pong umutang sa mga local money lenders na nagpapatubo naman po nang napakataas,” he said.

He informed the farmers of the recent action of President Rodrigo Duterte who convened the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) which he said was never assembled for ten years since the Arroyo administration.

During his visit, Mariano also led the ceremonial turn-over of CLOAs and multiple projects in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya during the program. (Hazel P. Buctayon)

Photo 1: Sec. Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano.

Photo 2: More than 500 farmers attended the EP/CLOA Distribution Caravan of the DAR provincial offices of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. 


DAR-DENR meet for faster implementation of agrarian reform

news reg 1 pix 1 march 2 2017CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela—Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director, Homer P. Tobias sat down with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Engr. Dominador Penera, to iron out difficulties in the implementation of the agrarian reform program and to speed-up accomplishment of land survey targets here.

The consultation focused on the synchronization and unification of Land Tenure Services Survey targets and the presentation of survey issues and concerns to partner agencies, particularly the DENR. “There must be a cross-checking of targets between DAR and DENR,” Tobias said. 

Tobias said the two agencies encountered problems in the past due to unreconciled data and survey outputs, one of the main reasons for the delay of land distribution process, which the two departments admittedly acknowledge.

Representatives from the different provinces presented survey issues and concerns that hinder the accomplishment of the targets. Some of these issues are the temporary suspension of the E-Survey implementation of DENR to DAR projects; complete data of all tie-points as references of survey returns; reconstruction of approved survey plan (double survey). 

To clear out the issues, Penera said there is no advisory to suspend E-survey or digital land survey plan. “In fact, we recently received a memorandum on its full implementation. It is needed for the fast transmittal of data especially on landholdings with numerous lot numbers. That’s why E-survey is mandatory to DAR,” Penera elaborated.

E-Survey is a computerized information system that consolidates land data and records. The system is designed for quick and easy processing, tracking and retrieval of land information but DAR is bargaining for the temporary suspension of its implementation.

“Considering that DAR Survey contractors were just given 120 days to finish their targets, I can see that they can hardly meet the given deadline if they will not be given ample time to be adept with the new system,” Engineer Rolly Maramag, chief, Surveys Division of DAR Isabela said.

Penera said that “they (DENR) can accommodate the Survey Returns DAR has on hand for manual survey but not on the succeeding Survey Returns list.”

This is because we cannot at the moment justify hiring encoders needed for manual survey, because the ‘encoding’ in our survey activity is already omitted. Nevertheless, I will bring this up to DENR Management for their proper action,” he added.

Engineer Penera also said that DENR will provide tie- points reference of Survey Returns as requested by DAR.

He advised that for ‘double survey’ landholdings, “DAR must submit officially the copy title of Private Survey Plan and request for the projection and correction to DENR.”

“For overlapping plans where there was an issued title, it must undergo legal proceedings for any alterations to be done.” Penera supposed.

“For reconstructions, title should be cancelled, before plans will be cancelled. Penera added.

Finally, the DAR and the DENR agreed on a reconciliation of Inspection, verification, approval survey (IVAS) reports. 

Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Jessbeth Quidasol said in her closing remarks that “It’s nice to see interagency gathering for the welfare of farmers geared towards defending and protecting farmers’ rights. “Napakaganda na hindi tayo nagsasapawan kundi nagtutulungan,” Quidasol said.

The consultation meeting ended with an agreement between the two agencies that a monthly consultation meeting will be conducted for continuous monitoring of the land survey targets and accomplishments.  

The consultative meeting was held at the DAR Provincial Office on February 2, 2017. (Cristina B. Bautista)

PHOTO: DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias (second left) and DENR Engr. Dominador Penera listens attentively while Jessie Agbayani of the DAR Land Tenure Service Division-Isabela (leftmost) explains the rationale and objectives of the consultative meeting.

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Cagayan Valley farmers now land owners

news reg 2 pix 1 feb. 28 2017ALFONSO CASTAÑEDA, Nueva Vizcaya—Eighty farmers from Brgy. Lublub here finally received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) after waiting for almost three years during the land distribution ceremony on Feb. 17 at the barangay Lublub gymnasium.

Ninety-five CLOAs were distributed to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) covering an area of 144.8845 hectares located in the barangays Sitio Tugoy and Sitio Macabunao.

Agrarian Reform Regional Director Homer P. Tobias encouraged the ARBs to make the best use out of their newly titled lands by establishing an agrarian reform based-organization through which they can be assisted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Kami po ay hindi makakapagbigay ng suporta sa inyo nang paisa-isa. Kailangan po kayo ay isang organisadong grupo. ‘Pag hindi po kasi kayo organisadong grupo, hindi po namin kayo mabibigyan ng assistance. Dahil kalimitang ang assistance po ng ating pamahalaan ay idinadaan sa pamamagitan ng organisasyon at hindi po indibidwal,” Tobias said.

He also urged them to explore possibilities of planting other crops in the area, other than tiger grass, which is the common crop is the barangay.

A graduate of agriculture, major in soil science, Tobias shared how they were once able to grow coconut trees in the rocky soil of the island of Manamoc in Cuyo, Palawan.

Isa pong involvement ko noong araw ay small island development program. Tinutulungan po namin ‘yung mga isla sa Palawan. May mga lugar po diyan na hindi basta-basta tutubuan ng tanim, kung kaya nag-introduce kami ng tinatawag na soil amendment. Sa lugar po ng Cuyo, Palawan, isla po ng Manamoc, ang ginawa po namin diyan, nagpapahukay kami diyan ng isang metro kuwadrado at lahat po ng butas na yan, pinalagyan po namin ng bagong lupa. Bagamat walang lupa na makukuha dun sa isla na garden soil, nagpadala kami ng garden soil sa kung saan pinakamalapit at ‘yung garden soil na ‘yun, inilagay po namin sa hukay na iyon,” he recounted.

During the distribution rites, Alfonso Castañeda Mayor Jerry P. Pasigian thanked the DAR for the ARBs’ “answered prayer.”news reg 2 pix 2 feb. 28 2017

Ito po ang kasagutan ng ating panalangin na kung saan ang atin pong mga binubungkal na lupa ay mapapasaatin kaya’t marami pong salamat sa DAR. Ako po ay nagpapahiwatig ng aking pasasalamat sapagkat hindi lang po dito sa Lublub, kundi pati doon sa upland barangays natin na nasukat na rin po,” Pasigian said.

He also echoed the advice of Tobias and urged the ARBs to keep their lands and not mortgage them immediately.

Kasi ‘pag sinangla niyo ‘yan, padadagdagan ninyo [ang hiniram ninyo] hanggang sa hindi niyo na kayang tubusin. Kawawa naman ang inyong mga anak kapag nawala na ‘yang titulo na ‘yan na sumasakop sa kinatitirikan ng mga bahay ninyo. Sa bandang huli, hindi na magiging taga-doon ang mga anak ninyo sa lupang kinalakihan nila. Kaya’t sana ‘wag po nating balewalain itong ating tittulong tatanggapin,” Mayor Pasigian advised. (Hazel P. Buctayon)

Photo 1: An ARB personally receives his title from Regional Director Homer P. Tobias.

Photo 2: Agrarian reform beneficiaries from Brgy. Lublub, Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya, along with officials and employees of DAR, express their joy during the CLOA distribution ceremony.

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