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DAR awards its 10 best performing legal offices

news reg 1 pix 1 august 2 2018TAGAYTAY CITY—Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones recently led the awarding of this year’s best performing legal offices throughout the country.

“These awards are given in recognition of their efforts and exemplary performance in resolving legal agrarian cases of farmers and in implementing agrarian reform matters,” Castriciones said. 

“Resolving cases, mediation and legal representation are among the legal services we give our agrarian reform beneficiaries for free. We are stepping up our legal strategies and streamlining our legal procedures to help more farmers,” Castriciones added.

According to the Secretary, the department’ legal services has two major components namely, the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) and the Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance (BALA).

The DARAB is a quasi-judicial body that determines and adjudicates all agrarian reform matters involving implementation of agrarian reform, except those falling under the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Dept. of Agriculture (DA).

The BALA, on the other hand, deals with dispensing rules over all matters involving the implementation of agrarian reform.

The top five best performance with the most number of agrarian cases resolved by a region in a DARAB role were awarded to:  1) Region 8 with 1,868 resolved cases; 2) Region 3 with 1,659; 3) Region 6 with 1,378; 4) Region 7 with 973 and 5) Region 10 with 936 resolved cases.

The top five best performance with the most number of cases decided and submitted for resolution by a region in a BALA role were awarded to: 1) Region 11, 2) Region 1, 3) Cordillera Autonomous Region, 4) Region 9; and a tie for the fifth place for Regions 3 and 2.news reg 1 pix 2 august 2 2018

A special citation was given to the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) for having “zero backlog  for 2017” agrarian law implementation (ALI) cases pending in their dockets.

According to Acuna, from January to June 2018 the DAR-CAR’s regional and provincial legal divisions have resolved 957 ALI cases. 

At the provincial level, a total of 565 cases were resolved.  Of this total resolved cases, Abra registered 88 resolved cases, Apayao with 28; Benguet has 176; Ifugao resolved 93; Kalinga resolved 96 and Mt. Province with 84 cases.  

“At present, there are no pending cases for the whole region,” Acuna proudly said.

The awarding and recognition of DAR’s legal offices was one of the highlights during the department’s 2018 mid-year performance review and planning held at the Development Academy of the Phils. (DAP) on July 24-27 in Tagaytay City.

Photo 1: Secretary John Castriciones awards the citation to ARDO Venchito Mandap of Region 11 for getting the most number of cases decided and submitted for resolution by a region. Looking on are: Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Meinrado Pangulayan and CAR Regional Director Virgilio Acuna whose region got a special award for zero agrarian legal cases pending in their dockets.

Photo 2: Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator Virgilio Rosacay of Region 8 poses with the Secretary for besting other regions in the most number of agrarian cases resolved. Also in photo: Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Meinrado Pangulayan.

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DAR mid-year performance review: DAR chief orders to speedup land distribution and support to farmers

news reg 4 pix 1 july 29 2018TAGAYTAY CITY—“Let us be proactive in serving our farmers through land distribution and provision of much needed support services.”

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones stated this at the recently concluded 2018 mid-year performance review and planning conference held at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City.

The activity was conducted to ensure that targets are met and that the development thrusts of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte are integrated into the programs and services of DAR.

As the DAR implements phase 2 of the agrarian reform program, the department endeavors to cover more private and public agricultural lands for distribution to landless farmers.

Castriciones said foremost in his directive for the department is to increase issuance of certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) and to speed-up the provision of various support services to farmer-beneficiaries.

“It’s foolishness to ever state that farmers or farm workers do not want to own land. There is no such reason for the slow distribution of land for this year. That’s why we are streamlining procedures on land distribution to hasten the processes in the acquisition and distribution of lands,” Castriciones said.

Castriciones also emphasized the importance of forming agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs). It is through ARBOs that the DAR courses through its various support services.

To date, there are a total 5,451 ARBOs nationwide. Of these, 4,923 or 90.3 percent are operational.

He ordered the DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Provincial Officers (MARPOs) to look for and visit all CLOA and non-CLOA holders even in far-flung barangays, and encourage them to become members of ARBOs.

“The fastest and easiest way for farmers to get support services and assistance, is if they become or are members of ARBOs,” Castriciones said.

At the performance review, the participants identified the internal and external drivers and barriers of the DAR, which either helped or hindered in the achievements of its targets. 

 The DAR Regional Directors also identified opportunities for improvements to further enhance the implementation of DAR’s projects, priority programs and management accountability.

To meet department targets, Castriciones ordered each DAR offices to draw up a contract stating their targets for the year.

“I want this done to ensure that we properly implement our mandate and deliver the support services to our farmer-beneficiaries,” Castriciones said.

For his final message, Castriciones directed his officials to implement agrarian reform laws to aid in fighting for farmers’ rights and expediting agrarian legal cases.

“With these directives, the workforce of the department would do its best to implement programs and projects that would intensify land distribution, delivery of judicious agrarian justice and provision of support services,” Castriciones said. 

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Castriciones orders reversion of illegally allienated CLOAs to DAR

news reg 3 pix 1 july 26 2018July 26, 2018, DAP, Tagaytay – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones ordered the reversion of lands distributed to farmer beneficiaries by reasons of unlawful sale, transfer, mortgage, purchase or conveyance of Certificates of Land Ownership Award {CLOAs} acquired by farmer-beneficiaries through CARP.

The cases to be filed in the reversion to DAR of all lands acquired and transferred to unscrupulous buyers most of whom are businessmen, who have exploited the farmers’ ignorance and in dire need of finances.

He made the strong pronouncement yesterday at the DAR’s ongoing mid-year performance review and planning session at Development Academy of the Phils. (DAP) in Tagaytay City, following reports of the DAR regional offices that majority of member-beneficiaries of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations  {ARBOS} did not want to join farmer-organizations or could no longer be found in their awarded lands. Hence, most ARBO members are not CLOA holders.

DAR’s provision of support services is implemented by the Office of the Support Services and is coursed through ARBOs which according to data, are around 6,000 organizations nationwide.

“Our beneficiaries are the CLOA holders. If they are not the ones we are helping, we have no reason to exist,” he said.

He tasked “all Municipal Agrarian Reform Provincial Officers (MARPOs) to look for all CLOA holders even in far-flung barangays, visit them and if you see that they are not the ones tilling their lots or they are no longer cultivating their lands, file cases to get back those lands.”

“Let us show them that we mean business and we are serious in helping our farmers and farm workers. We cannot allow the situation to continue where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. We will file cases of reversion of CLOAs to DAR.”

As the lands are reverted to DAR and re-distributed to more responsible and deserving farmers, the buyers of the land lose their investments as they cannot have a recourse to the courts of law since they are aware of the 10-year prohibition for farmers to dispose of their awarded lands.

Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law or RA 6657, DAR is mandated to help qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries, such as agricultural lessees and share tenants, regular farmworkers, seasonal farmworkers, other farmworkers, actual tillers or occupants of public lands, collectives or cooperatives of the above beneficiaries, and others directly working on the land.news reg 3 pix 2 july 26 2018

Beneficiaries under Presidential Decree No. 27 who have culpably sold disposed of, or abandoned their land are disqualified to become beneficiaries under CARP. Under RA 6657, a CLOA beneficiary is prohibited to sell, transfer or convey the right to use or any usufructuary right over the land he acquired by virtue of being a beneficiary.

One basic qualification of a beneficiary shall be his willingness, aptitude, and ability to cultivate and make the land as productive as possible. The DAR is also mandated to adopt

A system of monitoring the record or record or performance of each beneficiary, so that any beneficiary guilty of negligence or misuse of the land or any support extended to him shall forfeit his right to continue as such beneficiary. The DAR shall submit periodic reports on the performance of the beneficiaries to the PARC.

“It’s foolishness to ever state that farmers or farm workers do not want to own land. There is no such reason for the slow distribution of land for this year. PAROs should follow up their MAROs. It means that MAROs are not working,” Castriciones added.

Lands acquired by beneficiaries may not be sold, transferred or conveyed except through hereditary succession, or to the government, or to LBP, or to other qualified beneficiaries for a period of ten {10} years.

On possible legal repercussions, the secretary said “he who comes to court must come with clean hands.” Thus, even if counter-suits are filed by violators, these cases will not prosper.

To date, DAR has already distributed 4.8 million hectares to 2.9 million CLOA holders. 

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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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