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DAR to boost entrepreneurial skills of farmers in Tarlac town

news reg 1 pix 1 may 4 2018CAMILING, Tarlac – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched a Farm Business School (FBS) program in Barangay Bacabac to equip farmers with entrepreneurial skills in effectively managing their farm produce and optimize their profitability.

Forty-three farmers belonging to the Bacabac Farmers Producers’ Cooperative (BFPC) and Bacabac Gintong Ani Farmers’ Association, Inc. (BGAFAI) are enrolled in the program.

Farmer Jerry I. Lorenzo, BFPC Chairman, and Farmer Pedro R. Ibarra, BGAFAI President, thanked the DAR, its partner-agencies, and the local government unit of Camiling for giving them the opportunity to improve their farm business skills.

Building up the capabilities of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in handling and marketing their farm products is among the priorities of DAR under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ileona B. Pangilinan said the farmer-participants will undergo 25 sessions of farm business school for four months where they will learn the business side of agriculture using their own local environment as the FBS program takes the school to the farmers.

“The learning process will be interactive as the farmers will learn from each other. The facilitators will be there to teach and develop their capacity in running a profitable farm business by honing the farmers into becoming better farm managers and entrepreneurs that can respond to business and market requirements,” Pangilinan added.

The project came about after the DAR, with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), DA-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), and the local government units (LGUs) signed a memorandum of agreement to help farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Bacabac.news reg 1 pix 2 may 4 2018

Provincial FBS Project Point person Jailynn V. Dimalanta said the primary aim of the program is to transform the participants from mere farmers to farmer-entrepreneurs.

“When this group of farmers becomes entrepreneurs, they gain collective bargaining power and thus giving them leverage and command with regard to the price of their produce,” Dimalanta said.

Chief Executive of Camiling Erlon C. Agustin committed to provide the support they need so they may become successful farmer-entrepreneurs after they graduate from the course.

“I am hoping that your participation in the FBS will be the beginning of a big change and a huge step for your associations towards a successful business endeavor,” Agustin added.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Geraldine B. Yumul likewise dared farmer-participants to heed the call of farm-entrepreneurship so that they may contribute to the overall share of the agriculture sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

For this year, the BFPC and BGAFAI will be joined by three other ARBOs in the area during the duration of the FBS.

The three other ARBOs include the Ablang-Sapang Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the town of Moncada, and the Golden Pance 125 Multi-purpose Cooperative (MPC) and First Progress Agricultural Cooperative that are both located in the town of Ramos.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 4 2018Last year, the Mabulod Green Farm Producers’ Cooperative in Sula, in the municipality of San Jose became the first beneficiary of the FBS project when DAR Tarlac piloted the program.

A total of 32 farmers completed the 25 sessions of the course and are expected to become farmer-entrepreneurs in their respective communities. (Manuel Dancel, Information Officer)

Photo 1: PARPO II Ileona B. Pangilinan of the DAR, Camiling Municipal Mayor Erlon C. Agustin, BFPC Chairman Jerry I. Lorenzo, and BGAFAI President Pedro R. Ibarra, sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to secure their respective commitments in implementing the FBS project.

Photo 2: DAR FBS facilitator Johnrey Martin conducts FBS learning session with the farmers of Bacabac, Camiling, Tarlac.

Photo 3: The Bacabac farmers and enrollees to the FBS together with officials of DAR Tarlac Provincial Office and members of the local government unit of Camiling.

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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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