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DAR Rizal employees undergo orientation on federalism

news reg 1 pix 1 june 6 2018TANAY, Rizal – The officials and employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province of Rizal have gone through a one-day orientation on federalism, a system of government now being pushed by the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

DAR Rizal Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARO) Saturnino B. Bello said the activity has set sights on the long-standing queries of employees on federalism.

“Maraming tanong at gustong malaman ano ba itong federalism. This orientation allows us to acquire knowledge on federalism and discuss among ourselves and speakers its benefits to the nation and to the department,” Bello pointed out.

Among the leading speakers in the event include Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) of DAR Central Office and Asst. Dir. Priscilla E. Ong of DAR Region VI-A.

They were also joined by a representative from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Asst. Dir. Ong said the orientation situated the DAR employees Rizal on the possible place of DAR and the scope of its services under a federal form of government.news reg 1 pix 2 june 6 2018

She added that the status of DAR if the shift to a federal form of government is materialized, is among the foremost inquiries of officials and employees.

Dir. Villareal, on the other hand, emphasized that federalism will capacitate provinces and states to function and decide in terms of discretion in governance, the management of the economy, and natural resources.

“I am from Mindanao and I know our situation there. It’s very difficult. Napakahirap na i-fast-track ang mga programa at serbisyo upang mapataas ang antas ng kabuhayan ng mga tao. Hindi lamang sa Mindanao kundi pati na rin sa ating mga probinsiya dito sa Luzon at Visayas. Kailangan pa natin antayin kung kailan at magkano ang ibibigay sa atin ng central government,” he said.

Villareal also lauded the recent developments on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

news reg 1 pix 3 june 6 2018BBL, he pointed out, is an entity more than an autonomy.

“BBL is a true manifestation of federalism. It is a state where the Moro people will legislate laws to strengthen their governance. Under such entity, they will also manage their economy and natural resources,” Villareal said.

DAR Rizal employees expressed gratification after the orientation, as they profess of achieving understanding, familiarity, and awareness on federalism.

They pledged to share their knowledge to other sectors who are also seeking information on federalism. 

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President Duterte distributes land titles to Hacienda Matias farmers

news reg 1 pix 1 may 3 2018President Rodrigo Roa Duterte distributes yesterday certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 386 agrarian reform beneficiaries, effectively transferring to them the ownership of the remaining 654.4082 hectares of the Hacienda Matias in Mulanay, Quezon Province. 

The farmer-beneficiaries are also assured of government support and assistance, a promise made by President Duterte to all farmer-beneficiaries, including the beneficiaries here to ensure the continued and greater productivity of farmlands distributed to them.

Early last year, 283 farmers-beneficiaries received their CLOAs for about half of the estate covering three of the seven land titles, but were unable to occupy the land due to harassment by hacienda workers and legal maneuvers of the landowners.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is doing its best to hasten the distribution of land titles to actual tillers as ordered by the President to empower them and give them opportunities for a dignified and improved quality of life.

DAR records showed that Hacienda Matias, which is covered by seven land titles, has been placed under the CARP since 2004. Earlier, a portion of the property covered by three titles, were given out last year.news reg 1 pix 2 may 3 2018

For several years, the owners of the 1,715-hectare Matias estate, mostly planted to coconut and straddles the villages of Butanguiad and Don Juan Vercelos in San Francisco town in the Bondoc Peninsula district, have been opposing the government’s land reform program specifying that the estate is a “cattle ranch.”

The government, through Malacanang decision dated June 9, 2014 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., rejected the argument.

Under the previous sharing system in the hacienda, a farmer is given only a third of the proceeds of farm products like copra.

The hacienda caretaker takes charge of selling the copra and automatically deducts the two-thirds share of the landowner from the proceeds.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 3 2018The farmers shoulder all the production expenses but are not refunded after the sale.


Also present during the  distribution of titles are top officials of the province led by Quezon Province Gov. David “Jayjay” C. Suarez, Representative Party list, ALONA Cong. Ana V. Suarez, Land Bank of the Philippines AVP Ramilito R. Basbacio, Register of Deeds Atty. Sherwin M. Fernandez Provincial Assessor Atty. Melojean M. Puache, Provincial Treasurer Mrs. Rosario Marilou M. Uy ad Municipal Mayor of Mulanay Joselito Ojeda, San Narciso Mayor Florabelle U. Uy-yap, San Francisco Mayor Engr. Ernani C. Tan, Catanauan Mayor Atty. Almira A. Orfanel and Unisan Mayor Nonato E. Puache.

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Rizal farmers receive land titles, farm machineries

news reg 1 pix 1 april 23 2018TANAY, Rizal – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones recently distributed land titles and support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province of Rizal.

Twenty-one ARBs received their respective certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a distribution ceremony held in Tanay town on Friday, April 20 while 10 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) were given farm machines worth P9.7 million.

DAR Undersecretary for support services Rosalina Bistoyong led the handing over of farm machineries to various ARBOs in the area while Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of field operations office spearheaded the CLOA distribution.

“With these machines, our agrarian reform beneficiaries can now till their land faster and more efficiently. These [machines] will greatly help in decreasing losses in production and increase their yield and income,” Bistoyong said.

The farm machines consisting of heavy-duty farm tractors, rice reapers, shredders and power tiller cultivators were turned over to 10 ARBOs where more than 1,000 are ARB members.

“Financially, this is such a tremendous help for us because renting tractors and farm machines from commercial firms are very expensive. Now, we will only pay rent for a minimal amount. Plus, we can readily avail of it because the cooperative owns it,” said Eliseo Inguito, Jr., a 59-year-old ARB from Jalajala.news reg 1 pix 2 april 23 2018

Inguito added that with the provision of the farm machines, they will no longer hire people to help with farming chores like shredding and reaping, thus, reducing their farming expense.

Lourdes Bitabara, a cassava farmer from Tanay said “with these machines, my carabaos can now rest from farm work. More importantly, I can now earn extra income by selling milk and milk products from by carabaos.”

DAR Regional Director Luis Bueno explained that the machines were given as “equipment grant” which will be operated by the farm organization as a business asset where minimal user fees will be collected and will be utilized for the operation and maintenance of the farm equipment.

The project is implemented under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) which aims to transform ARBs into viable entrepreneurs by providing them with support services to increase their income and farming capabilities.

news reg 1 pix 3 april 23 2018Under ARCCESS, the recipient ARBOs are the Palaypalay Maunlad Farmers Association, Inc. Pagkalinawan Nagsaca Farmeras Association, Inc., Nagkaisang Magsasaka ng Punta, Inc., Llano Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Sipsipin Maunlad Farmers Association, Inc., Niogan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Madilaydilay Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Sampaloc Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Organization of ARB Farmers of Inalsan, Inc. and Organic Farmers of Barangay Macabud, Inc.

During the distribution of CLOAs, Usec. Bello apologized to the ARBs for the long-overdue distribution.

The delays, Bello pointed out, were due to the long processes of land titling.

He added that DAR is doing its best to issue titles to actual tillers to give them absolute control over their basic resource and in the process, propel progress in the countryside.

“Just be patient with the waiting. President Duterte has ordered us to speed-up the distribution of lands to farmers, especially to those who have been waiting for more than 20 years,” said Bello.

Photo 1: Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo Bello awards a CLOA to a farmer-beneficiary. Also in photo: Undersecretary Bisotyong, Regional Director Luis Bueno and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Saturnino Bello.

Photo 2: Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong (standing with lei) poses with farmers beside one of the farm tractors distributed by DAR.

Photo 3: The farm machines given to 10 agrarian cooperatives include: farm tractors, reapers and cultivators.

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510 Quezon farmers now landowners

news reg 1 pix 1 april 20 2018QUEZON PROVINCE – The long wait is over for 510 Quezon farmers who received their individual certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in a distribution ceremony held at the municipal covered court of San Narciso town on Wednesday, April 18.

“I am so overwhelmed with happiness. I waited more than 20 years for this… now I can finally earn more for my family,” said Fausto Barzal, 67, a tree farmer from Calauag Quezon.

Brazal who earns from farming trees like coconut, mahogany, and gemelina explained that profit sharing with his former employer is pegged at 60/40 where the 60 percent goes to the landowner and the 40 percent belongs to him.

“Now that I’m a landowner, my share of the profit would be bigger. Plus, I can now plant any crops I want on my own land,” added Brazal.

Another farmer-beneficiary Melecio Valenzuela, 55, married with four kids from San Narciso said he has been farming for more than 20 years.

It is only during the administration of President Duterte and the present leadership of DAR that he is assured of land ownership.

“For the past 20 years, my wife and I were always fearful that we might be ejected from the farm. But with this CLOA, nobody can do that to us anymore,” Valenzuela said.

The fast-tracking of the processing and release of CLOAs is among the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to DAR.news reg 1 pix 2 april 20 2018

President Duterte also directed DAR to ensure the release of support programs and services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

The CLOA distribution on Wednesday was led by DAR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning David Erro who represented DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones together with Undersecretary for Field Operations Karlo S. Bello and Regional Director Luis Bueno of DAR Region 4-A.

The CLOAS awarded covered a total land area of 780 hectares in various municipalities of Bondoc Peninsula namely: Agdangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, Gen. Luna, San Andres, San Francisco and San Narciso. In the Lamon Bay area, the municipalities covered with CLOAs are Atimonan, Calauag, Guinayangan, Gumaca, Lopez, Quezon, and Tagkawayan.

In his message, landlessness and land problems, Erro said, are among the root causes of poverty and conflicts in Quezon. “Now that our farmers own the land they till, we expect that peace and harmony will now prevail over these areas.”

Erro said the government vows to pursue the DAR’s cause to uplift the lives of poor farmers in the country.

“The mandate of DAR is not limited to land distribution to the farmer-beneficiaries. It is also to ensure the package of support services like livelihood training, farm inputs, and technology to ensure the maximum benefits from their CLOA,” said Erro.

Bello, on the other hand, reiterated President Duterte’s clear policy instruction to give individual CLOAs and not collective CLOAs to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

“Individual CLOAs are better because it enables farmer-beneficiaries to have a clear and defined ownership of parcels of land. Unlike in collective CLOAs where a group of farmers owns the land,” Bello said.

During the event, DAR also awarded certificates of full payment to 72 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) who has completed the payment of their awarded lands.

news reg 1 pix 3 april 20 2018DAR Regional Director Luis Bueno said the certificates of full payment are being given to give recognition to those ARBs who, for the past 30 years, diligently did their best to pay their amortization to the Land Bank of the Phil.

“We hope that by recognizing them, the farmers who are still paying for their amortization would be discouraged to sell or pawn their awarded lands. We want them to feel the benefits and rewards of truly owning your land by patiently paying the amortization,” explains Bueno.

The certificate of full payment is a document that proves the farmer-beneficiary has followed the requirements set by the government under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and has paid fully the agricultural land for the past 30 years.

The local government officials present at the CLOA distribution were: Governor David Suarez, Congressman Danilo Suarez, San Narciso Municipal Mayor Florabelle Uy-Yap, Land Bank Asst. Vice-President Ramilito Basbacio, Atty. Sherwin Fernandez of the Register of Deeds, Municipal Assessor Ma. Aiza Genovana and Municipal Treasurer Rogelito Rivera. 

Photo 1:  Farmers-turned landowners wave their CLOAs. In front of them are DAR officials and the local officials of Quezon Province.

Photo 2: Undersecretary for Policy and Planning David Erro speaking before farmer-beneficiaries in behalf of DAR Secretary John Castriciones.

Photo 3: DAR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning David Erro led the distribution of CLOAs together with Undersecretary for field operations Karlo S. Bello and Regional Director Luis Bueno.

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DAR Rizal employees undergo orientation on federalism

TANAY, Rizal – The officials and employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province of Rizal have gone through a one-day orientation on federalism, a system of government now being pushed by the administration of President Rodrigo Roa… Read More..
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President Duterte distributes land titles to Hacienda…

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Rizal farmers receive land titles, farm machineries

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510 Quezon farmers now landowners

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