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DAR to probe farmers’ killing in Nueva Ecija, Isabela

news  reg  1 .1pix 1 sept. 92016Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano ordered the conduct of an investigation regarding the killing of five (5) farmers who were shot dead last Saturday in Laur, Nueva Ecija and last Wednesday in Isabela province, even as he extends his grief and condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

Mariano ordered his men to conduct an investigation and bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime.

Mariano directed Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Office (LAO) Luis Meinrado C. Pangulayan to lead the fact-finding team that would look into the two separate incidents. Pangulayan will be assisted by LAO Assistant Secretay Elmer N. Distor with the following members: Regional Director of the concerned region, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer and Chief Legal Division of the province, a farmer-representative from a recognized farmers organization in the area and Office of the Secretary representative Attyy. Jun-Jun Malsi.

Aside from investigating the killing incident, Mariano instructed the team to determine if the two incidents were agrarian-related.

Initial reports showed that farmers Baby Mercado, Violeta Mercado, Eligio Barbado and Gaudencio Bagalay were shot dead in Laur, Nueva Ecija by three armed men as they were resting in their farms between 2 to 3 p.m. last Saturday, while three unidentified men killed Ariel Diaz, head of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) chapter Danggayan Dagiti Manalon or Dagami at his farm in Villa Pereda, Isabela.



DAR delivers Php 9.58-M worth of non-farm enterprises to farmers in Region 2

news reg 1 pix 1 june 22 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform Region (DAR) Region 2 recently delivered Php 9.58 million worth of various non-farm enterprises such as business services, food processing and livestock production to various Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) to boost their household income.

Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson said the project is under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).

“The ARBOs themselves determined their preferred non-farm enterprises. The Sustainable Development Solutions (SDS), the official professional service provider for the Agri-extension Services (AES), assessed the viability of each enterprise,” Ayson added.

She said the fish processing center turned over to Sumnanga Multi-purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Sabtang, Batanes, benefitted 72 farmers-beneficiaries.

Ayson added that MADUVIKA FMPC in Sta. Ana, Cagayan with 276 members received a goat production business and is now waiting to start the sheep production and vermi-culture production.

She said that the SUNRISE MPC with 259 members in Gattaran, Cagayan and known for their famous bugnay wine also received a goat production business and will soon start for upgraded native chicken production and a mini-bakery shop for an oven they will soon receive.

Ayson added that the UNITED CHRISTIAN MPC in Baggao, Cagayan with 63 members was awarded with a goat production business and will soon receive an upgraded native chicken production enterprise.

She added that the DALAOIG MPC. in Alcala, Cagayan received an upgraded native pig production, goat production package and waiting for  an upgraded native chicken production business.news reg 1 pix 2 june 22 2016

Ayson said the MALASATCO in Rizal, Cagayan were awarded a sheep production business and will later receive upgraded native chicken production set and a mini-grocery with mini bakery package to augment their enterprises.

Ayson added that in Isabela, goat production and sheep production packages will be given separately to MASSIPI EAST IRRIGATORS’ ASSOCIATION in Cabagan, Isabela, BARBUEDA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIVE in Gamu, and Del Pilar MPC in Cabatuan. In addition, the Coops will receive an Electric Sewing Machine, a Sari-sari Store and a Mini-grocery, respectively.

The ARANAAR ARB MPC in Quirino, Isabela known for its lemongrass soaps has earlier received a sheep production package.

Ayson said about 1,953 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Isabela will benefit from the success of these business enterprises.

The Kasibu Farmers Development Coop is the lone recipient of non-farm enterprise in the province of Nueva Vizcaya with 728 members will receive vermi-culture production, upgraded native chicken production, upgraded native swine production and a sari-sari store with mini-bakery. (Danielicah S. Cruz)   


DAR continues to strengthen partnership with civil society orgs

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 5 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform and civil society organizations (CSOs) continue to strengthen their partnership through lectures and consultative dialogues with farmer beneficiaries in Cagayan. 

In the last dialogue held recently, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Claudio Rivera of Roxas, Isabela, delivered a lecture on the role of Barangay Agrarian Reform Committee (BARC) in resolving agrarian issues and the possible participation of farmers in BARC and policy development. DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson assured the farmers of the BARC strengthening and restructuring this year.

Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator Atty. Annabelle Oandasan, exhaustively discussed the rights and obligations of tenants and landowners and the role of the DARAB in resolving disputes arising out of tenancy relationship. Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator Atty. Elizabeth Binag of Quirino lectured on the procedural flow of cases filed in DARAB. She encouraged farmers to go to DAR for proper counseling.

Regional Chief of the Legal Division Atty. Journalyn Bumagat-Sarmiento enlightened the participants of the various Agrarian Legal Services (ALS) being rendered to agrarian beneficiaries. She guaranteed the participants that all services, including judicial and quasi-judicial representation, require no legal fees. 

Anakpawis Regional Coordinator Isabelo Adviento, expressed his gratitude to the Department for helping the farmers recognize the possible courses of action they can take with their land problems. 

Atty. Ayson urged the farmer beneficiaries and members of the Anakpawis and other CSOs to maintain open communication with DAR in order to solve pressing land problems within Cagayan. 

“Basta itultuloy yo lang nga mamati, ken makipagpartisipar iti konsultasyon. Tulungan da kami nga resolbahan iti problema niu. (Just continue trusting us, continue participating in consultations. Help us to solve your problems),” Ayson said.news reg 2 pix 2 sept. 5 2016

The activity was held on July 20-23, 2016 in Villa Blanca Hotel, Tuguegarao City. It was attended by representatives of Anakpawis, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Karapatan- Cagayan Valley and over sixty (60) farmers from different municipalities in Cagayan. (Delva Rose M. Ligwang)

Photo 1: Farmers from the different municipalities of Cagayan pose for a souvenir photo with Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson (center) and other DAR officials after the lecture and consultative dialogue. (Ma. Isaandra N. Miguel)

Photo 2: RARAD Atty. Annabelle Oandasan discusses the rights and obligations of tenants and landowners. (Ma. Isaandra N. Miguel)

 

DAR gears up for the construction of P3.5-M road project in Nueva Vizcaya  

news reg 1 pix 1 august 4 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a dialogue with the local government of Dupax del Norte for the construction of a farm-to-market road (FMR) traversing Malasin (JPR) – Lamo – Ineangan Road.

The road project with a total project cost of PhP 3,547,476.00 is expected to serve 2,650 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) upon its completion. Dupax Del Norte has a great potential in terms of high value crops and organic options.

Through the farm-to-market road, ARBs are expected to have an easier access to various local markets where their products can be made available to more consumers.news reg 1 pix 2 august 4 2016

The dialogue was attended by the DAR Central Office representatives, Mrs. Melle G. Lamboon and Mr. Henry M. Zapata; Provincial Office representatives, Mrs. Cherry N. Magno and Engr. Alexander Aggasid and the local government unit of Dupax del Norte represented by Engr. Aileen B. Ellamil and Engr. Celso Aguada.

news reg 1 pix 3 august 4 2016Of the project cost, PhP 3,091,372.00 is funded by the Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA), charged under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) Phase III funds while the remaining cost will be shouldered by the municipality of Dupax del Norte. The DAR is the lead agency of the project while the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is the agency in-charge of the infrastructure component.

The FMR is identified to be the 16th project of DARPO Nueva Vizcaya under the ARISP. Among the fifteen (15) projects granted to the province, three (3) were awarded, completed and turned over to the same municipality, which include  Tacbao-Apayan and Benay-Wangeon communal irrigation systems,, and Bitnong potable water system. (Lizzette Ann Guiuntab)


Region II News

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DAR to probe farmers’ killing in Nueva Ecija, Isabela

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano ordered the conduct of an investigation regarding the killing of five (5) farmers who were shot dead last Saturday in Laur, Nueva Ecija and last Wednesday in Isabela province, even as he extends his grief… Read More..
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DAR continues to strengthen partnership with civil society…

The Department of Agrarian Reform and civil society organizations (CSOs) continue to strengthen their partnership through lectures and consultative dialogues with farmer beneficiaries in Cagayan. In the last dialogue held recently, Municipal Agrarian Reform… Read More..
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DAR gears up for the construction of P3.5-M road project in…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a dialogue with the local government of Dupax del Norte for the construction of a farm-to-market road (FMR) traversing Malasin (JPR) – Lamo – Ineangan Road.The road project with a total project cost… Read More..
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DAR delivers Php 9.58-M worth of non-farm enterprises to…

The Department of Agrarian Reform Region (DAR) Region 2 recently delivered Php 9.58 million worth of various non-farm enterprises such as business services, food processing and livestock production to various Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations… Read More..