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Top agrarian cooperative

news reg 2 pix 1 july 14 2017The Saint Patrick Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya was recently awarded as the best agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for 2016. The award was based on the results of the 2016 I.T. Enabled Maturity Assessment (ITeMA) conducted by the department.

The ARBO bested 4,402 ARBOs nationwide. The award recognizes the unselfish efforts and commitment of the ARBO in uplifting the lives of its farmer-members.

In behalf of the Saint Patrick MPC, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Primo Lara and Regional Director Homer Tobias (2nd and 3rd from left) received the award from DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano (left) during the DAR Mid-Year Performance Review and Planning Session held at the Icon Hotel in Quezon City.

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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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DAR validates farmers of Cagayan Valley

news reg 1 pix 1 july 12 2017NUEVA VIZCAYA—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently conducted a validation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Cagayan Valley’s southernmost barangay in Alfonso Castañeda, in a bid to find out if the lands awarded to them are still under their names and have not illegally sold by them.

DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias led the validation of 36 ARBs covering an area of 65.91 hectares in the mountain barangay of Lipuga inhabited by members of the Bugkalot tribe.

During the validation, Tobias encouraged the farmers to be a member of farmers’ organizations. He stressed the importance of organizing themselves into agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) for faster flow of support services.

“Hindi po tayo titigil na hanggang asosasyon lang kayo. Sasanayin po kayo ng pagmimiyembro sa isang kooperatiba at lahat ng pagsasanay tungkol doon hanggang sa mabuo kayo bilang isang kooperatiba,” Tobias said.

Assisting Tobias were DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Primo C. Lara, and municipal and barangay officials headed by Mayor Jerry P. Pasigian who also personally visited the farm lots of the ARBs in the barangay.news reg 1 pix 2 july 12 2017

Mayor Pasigian, who is an ARB and a member of the Bugkalot tribe, thanked the DAR for supporting the farmers in establishing their own cooperatives.

“Rest assured na ang inyong lingkod ay hindi magpapabaya sa programang ito dahil malaking benepisyo ang naibibigay sa ating mga ARBs. P70 million ang pumunta noon sa Galintuja at Lublub. Siguro kung kalahati lang ang pupunta dito, gaganda na ang ating kaingin. Kaingin naman talaga ang aming means of livelihood. Walang maluluwang na patag para gawing bukid,” Mayor Pasigian said.

Because of the mountainous terrain, farmer of Lipuga and its neighboring barangay, Pelaway, practice the slash-and-burn method or kaingin method in cultivating their lands.

On the request of the Barangay officials to issue more certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in their barangay, Tobias assured that they will coordinate and talk with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for the possibility of issuing individual titles.

Acording to Tobias, the Bugkalot tribe to whom the villagers belong, already has a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) over the area.

news reg 1 pix 3 july 12 2017If approved, the 65.9178 hectares will be an addition to the 670.2177 hectares in Alfonso Castañeda covered by the comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP). The farmers’ validation was conducted on June 27, 2017. (Hazel P. Buctayon)

Photo 1: DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias (extreme right) together with local officials of Alfonso Castañeda headed by Mayor Jerry P. Pasigian, check on the lands to be titled in Alfonso Castañeda.

Photo 2: ARBs in Brgy. Lipuga earnestly pay attention to the discussions and messages presented during the program at the barangay gymnasium of Lipuga, Alfonso Castañeda.

Photo 3: The mountains of Lipuga and neighboring barangay Pelaway.

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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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Region II News

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Top agrarian cooperative

The Saint Patrick Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya was recently awarded as the best agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for 2016. The award was based on the results of the 2016… Read More..
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DAR validates farmers of Cagayan Valley

NUEVA VIZCAYA—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently conducted a validation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Cagayan Valley’s southernmost barangay in Alfonso Castañeda, in a bid to find out if the lands awarded to them are still… Read More..
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DAR-CSO dialogue and consultation

Agrarian 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… Read More..
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DAR-DENR meet for faster implementation of agrarian reform

CAUAYAN 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… Read More..