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Tarlac farmers receive land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 14 2018TARLAC CITY – A total of 113 farmers from the province of Tarlac were among the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received their respective certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is pushing for its land distribution activities and the provision of support services to its clienteles early this year.

The distribution of 153 CLOAs, held at the Bella Plaza in San Sebastian, Tarlac City was led by DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones last January 31 that covered some 135 hectares of agricultural lands.

Among the recipients are farmer beneficiaries from the Municipalities of Anao, Moncada, San Manuel, Victoria, San Jose, Tarlac City, Capas, and Concepcion, all in the province of Tarlac. 

The activity was also in time with the holding of the 1st Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) Summit in the province.news reg 1 pix 2 feb. 14 2018

Sec. Castriciones was joined during the event by Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina L. Bistoyong, OIC-Regional Director, Atty. Judita Tungol, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Ileona B. Pangilinan, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Geraldine B. Yumul and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I for Hacienda Luisita Marcelino S. Marata.

“The process of distributing lands to the landless farmers is just the first step towards attaining real change in the lives of the beneficiaries,” Secretary Castriciones said.

news reg 1 pix 3 feb. 14 2018The DAR chief added that “binding together to build strong, vibrant and self-reliant organizations with the assistance of DAR and introducing more innovative ways of increasing the farmer’s income by empowering every member of the household through various off-farm and non-farm projects will spell out the big difference.”

He also emphasized the thrust that the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is pushing to liberate the poor farmers in the country from the bondage of tenancy and poverty.news reg 1 pix 4 feb. 14 2018

At present, the province of Tarlac has a total of 124 DAR-assisted farmers’ organizations or ARBOs. Secretary Castriciones hopes to institutionalize housing, livelihood and scholarship programs for the farmers’ wives or husbands and their children so that beneficiaries of CARP will no longer pawn their CLOAs to address the basic needs of their family like food, shelter and education. (Albert Sapnu with reports from Ray Anthony Rilveria, PIO Tarlac)

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Nearly 1 million hectares of farmlands eyed for CARP coverage

news reg 1 pix 1  jan. 27 2018ANGELES CITY – President Rodrigo R. Duterte can make good of his promise to uplift the standards of living of landless farmers and farmworkers by placing under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) close to a million hectares of agricultural lands that have evaded coverage after the land acquisition and distribution program elapsed in June 2014.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones said the President could make it happen through the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC), of which he is the chairman.

Castriciones led the convergence of 141 agrarian reform stakeholders from various people’s organizations (POs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) from all over the country, and 106 officials of DAR from different regions and provinces.

The gathering, dubbed as the 2018 National Summit of Agrarian Reform Stakeholders, was held at the Stotsenberg Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone on January 25 to 26.

The summit served as a participatory process and consultation mechanism for all stakeholders of CARP to discuss the continuing and emerging issues, concerns, inputs, and recommendations.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 27 2018

It was also aimed to make the agrarian reform program of the government fully responsive to the beneficiaries.

“Other than the Congress, the PARC also has the power to revive the CARP’s land acquisition and distribution component by coming up with an order to that effect,” Castriciones told the media in a press conference during the two-day summit.

The new DAR chief added that Republic Act 9700, also known as the CARP Extension with Reform (CARPer) Law, set June 30, 2014 as the deadline for the DAR’s land acquisition and distribution program, but the Department was allowed to proceed processing the distribution of 584,000 hectares of farmlands that had been issued with NOCs before the deadline set in.

news reg 1 pix 3 jan. 27 2018He said the deadline-setting provision of the CARPer Law does not affect the DAR’s provision of support services to agrarian reform communities and the adjudication of agrarian cases.

All in all, the DAR supposedly would have about 1.5 million hectares of agricultural lands still up for distribution, counting the 620,000 privately owned farmlands that had evaded CARP for not being issued with notices of coverage (NOCs) within the five-year CARP extension period, from June 2009 to June 2014, and the 300,000 hectares of government-owned lands under the jurisdiction of some government agencies, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Meinrado Pangulayan said.

Pangulayan said the discussion is going on between the DAR and the DENR about the transfer of jurisdiction of the more than 200,000 hectares of previously forest, timber, and mineral lands but are now reclassified as agricultural.

Besides the DAR, the DENR is also a CARP implementing agency that distributes forest, timber and mineral lands to farmer-beneficiaries.news reg 1 pix 4 jan. 27 2018

Pangulayan said the vast banana plantation inside the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol), which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other similarly government-owned reservation areas are among those that are now subject of talks between DAR and the concerned government agencies.

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Convergence of DAR stakeholders

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 26 2018ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – A total of 141 stakeholders coming from various people’s organizations (POs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) from all over the country, and 106 officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) from different regions and provinces are now converging at the Stotsenberg Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone here for a two-day 2018 National Summit of Agrarian Reform Stakeholders.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 26 2018

DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones instructed the conduct of the summit as a participatory process and serves as a consultation mechanism for all stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to discuss the continuing and emerging issues, concerns, inputs, and recommendations.

The gathering also aims to make the agrarian reform program of the government fully responsive to the beneficiaries.

news reg 1 pix 3 jan. 26 2018Major concerns discussed in the two-day activity include land tenure security; policy-related issues on agrarian reform; agrarian justice delivery, land conversion, exclusion, and exemptions; food security and sustainable livelihood; resiliency and climate change; delivery of support services and basic social services; and agrarian reform and federalism.

The two-day summit will end today, January 26. 

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149 farmers receive land titles in Pampanga

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 30 2017LUBAO, Pampanga – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong and former President and now Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 149 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) on Wednesday, November 29 in Lubao, Pampanga.

The distribution involved a total land area of 163.1058 hectares.

Alongside the distribution of CLOA was the launching of the Portable Agrarian Reform Collection System (PARCS) of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

The release of the P800,000.00 financial assistance under the Agrarian Production and Credit Program (APCP) to the Women’s Unity Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WUMPC) was also facilitated during the ceremony.

Bistoyong challenged the ARBs to make their lands productive and contribute to the continuing efforts of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on food security.

The DAR chief assured that more farmers will receive their land titles and avail of the support programs and services of DAR.

She also lauded the officers and members of WUMPC and encouraged them to utilize fully the financial assistance to sustain the socio-economic activities of their organization.

For her part, Rep. Arroyo encouraged the ARBs to avail of the various programs and services of the government, especially of the DAR to develop further their farmlands.

She also congratulated the LBP for designing a convenient system of collecting payments from the farmers through the PARCS program.

Senior Vice President and Group Head of the Agrarian Services Group of LBP Alex A. Lorayes who also graced the distribution on Wednesday said PARCS program will bring the banking system closer to the ARBs.

DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello also emphasized the thrust of President Duterte to distribute individual titles to the ARBs.

Bello also lauded the DAR office in Region III for their achievements.news reg 1 pix 2 nov. 30 2017

The distribution was also attended by Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service of DAR Central Office; Atty. Judita M. Tungol OIC Regional Director of DAR Region III; Eden B. Ponio, PARPO II of DAR Pampanga; and Rolando Santos, manager of the Lending Center of LBP in the area. 

Photo 1: DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong together with former President and now Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Undersecretary Karlos S. Bello led the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 149 agrarian reform beneficiaries on Wednesday, November 29 in Lubao, Pampanga.

Photo 2: Former President and now Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for its continuing efforts to award the landless farmers in the country of land titles and in providing them with support programs and services. Rep. Arroyo was joined by DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong, Undersecretary Karlos S. Bello, Land Bank Senior Vice President Alex A. Lorayes, Director Leomides R. Villareal of the PMRS-DARCO and DAR Region III Director Atty. Judita M. Tungol during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 149 agrarian reform beneficiaries on Wednesday, November 29 in Lubao, Pampanga.

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Tarlac farmers receive land titles

TARLAC CITY – A total of 113 farmers from the province of Tarlac were among the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received their respective certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is pushing for its land… Read More..
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Nearly 1 million hectares of farmlands eyed for CARP…

ANGELES CITY – President Rodrigo R. Duterte can make good of his promise to uplift the standards of living of landless farmers and farmworkers by placing under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) close to a million hectares of agricultural lands… Read More..
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Convergence of DAR stakeholders

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – A total of 141 stakeholders coming from various people’s organizations (POs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) from all over the country, and 106 officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform… Read More..
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149 farmers receive land titles in Pampanga

LUBAO, Pampanga – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong and former President and now Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 149… Read More..