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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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Duterte admin ends tenancy of 78-year old farmer in Laguna

news reg 1 pix 1 march 2STA. CRUZ, Laguna – After 50 years of being tenant, agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) Paciano Mitra, 78 of Barangay Limao, Calauan, Laguna finally received his transfer certificates of title (TCTs) in a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 at the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Mitra was accompanied by his wife, Nenita, 76 during the distribution ceremony as they thanked DAR under the leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones and the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the release of their land titles.

“I’ve been farming for 50 years yet I do not own the land,” Mitra, speaking in local dialect, said in an interview after the ceremony.

The distribution on Wednesday was led by Usec. Karlo S. Bello of Field Operations Office (FOO) of DAR together with Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), DAR Region IV-A Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr., DAR Region IV-A Assistant Director Priscilla E. Ong, and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Elizabeth Z. Villapando.news reg 1 pix 2 march 2 2018

A total of 79 ARBs received their respective land titles during the ceremony that covered around 101.5825 hectares of agricultural lands in the city of Calamba and towns of Calauan, Liliw, Lumban, Magdalena, Pakil, Paete, and Sta. Maria.

“We give importance to every land title distribution activity that we undertake. This is very important to the lives of our farmers,” Bello emphasized in his message to the ARBs.

He also lauded the efforts of DAR officials and employees in the province of Laguna.

Among those who received their land titles were Arsenia B. Ojinal, 78 and her daughter, Rosa Ojinal Yongco, 49 years of age and a mother of five.

Both Arsenia and Rosa, residents of Barangay Imok, Calauan, Laguna are widows.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 2 2018“It’s sad that my husband died last year. He was not able to witness this event,” Arsenia, in her local dialect lamented.

Rosa, widowed eight years ago said her husband must be happy now that the land is finally given to his family.

She vowed to develop the land for the future of her children.

Another ARB, Leondy E. Jarque, 42 with three children, a resident of Barangay Curalan, Sta. Maria, Laguna jumped upon reaching the stage to receive his certificate of land ownership award (CLOA).

Jarque also expressed gratitude to DAR and President Duterte for the fast processing and release of his land title.

In his message, Director Villareal reminded the ARBs of their responsibilities now that they already own the land that they till.

He added that it is the wish of President Duterte to “give what is due to the farmers, and that is the ownership of the lands that they till.”news reg 1 pix 4 march 2 2018

Photo 1:Usec. Karlo S. Bello (3rd from left) of Field Operations Office (FOO) of DAR together with Director Leomides R. Villareal (2nd from left) of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), DAR Region IV-A Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr., (left) DAR Region IV-A Assistant Director Priscilla E. Ong, (4th from left) and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Elizabeth Z. Villapando (right) led the distribution of land titles to 79 ARBs in a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 at the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Sta. Cruz town. (DAR Photo)

Photo 2:Farmer Paciano Mitra, 78 and wife Nenita, 76, of Barangay Limao, Calauan, Laguna, tenants for 50 years, finally received their transfer certificates of title (TCTs) in a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 at the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. (DAR Photo)

Photo 3: Arsenia B. Ojinal, 78 and her daughter, Rosa Ojinal Yongco, 49, widows and residents of Barangay Imok, Calauan, Laguna were among the 79 ARBs who received their land titles in a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 at the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Sta. Cruz town. (DAR Photo)

news reg 1 pix 5 march 2 2018Photo 4: ARB Leondy E. Jarque, 42 with three children, a resident of Barangay Curalan, Sta. Maria, Laguna expressed gladness as he received his land title in a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 at the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Sta. Cruz town. (DAR Photo)

Photo 5: Seventy-nine agrarian reform beneficiaries from the province of Laguna received their respective land titles in a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 28 at the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Sta. Cruz town. (DAR Photo)

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ARBs urged to harness farmlands, not pawn or sell

news national 1 pix 1 feb 22 2018TANZA CITY, Cavite – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is urging agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to stand by the only national government agency that caters to the needs of its constituents down to the ground level, the barangays, by helping themselves raise their standards of living through greater agricultural productivity.

DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said some critics have labeled the DAR as ineffective in its pursuit of sustainable rural development through CARP because the situation on the ground has hardly changed, if at all.

Bistoyong attributed it to the mentality of some farmer-beneficiaries, who consider pawning or selling their CARP-awarded farmlots as a quick-fix solution to their miserable condition.

Observers noted that many farmer-beneficiaries have resorted to pawning or selling their farmlots owing to lack of funds for farm inputs.

“Pawning or selling of CARP-awarded farmlots appears to be the only logical choice to some. Yes, you may get the immediate but measly return that may last for a day or two.news national 1 pix 2 feb 22 2018

However, when you harness your farmlots, you will get more than what you can think of for a lifetime,” Bistoyong said in an impromptu speech before various ARB organizations (ARBOs) during the Information Technology-enabled Maturity Assessment (ITeMA) Feedbacking at Tanza Oasis Hotel here.

The top ten ARBOs in the area were also recognized during the occasion and were lauded by top DAR officials for making headways in the implementation of their respective plans and programs.

Bistoyong also emphasized that DAR could only do so much to bring back the dignity that had been taken from the farmers, but only if they would reciprocate by making their farmlots more productive, instead of, pawning or selling them for certain amount that could help them get by for a while.

“Help us improve your living condition by cultivating your farmlots. Join farmers’ organizations so you can enjoy to the hilt the assistance the DAR is extending to farmer-beneficiaries through the ARBOs,” she added.

news national 1 pix 3 feb 22 2018DAR is mandated under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to put on pride, respectability, and justice to the farmers in the country by fast-tracking the processing and release of the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) and the provision of support programs and services.

DAR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Research David Erro agreed that the ARBOs are DAR’s partners in pursuit of its goal of spurring rural development.

He, however, observed that something is amiss as the assistance intended for the farmer-beneficiaries hardly reached the needy ones.

“Most often, the ones benefiting the most are the influential few in the ARBOs,” Erro said, referring to the leaders.

Erro said it about time that we consider a paradigm shift to correct any lapses that may have been committed in the past that resulted to the failure of delivering the goods down to the needy members of the ARBOs.

“It is here where the DAR can come in to institute corrective measures to ensure that the revenues generated by the ARBOs and the dividends derived from these earnings are properly accounted for and fairly distributed to all regardless of their standings in the organizations,” Erro stressed.news national 1 pix 4 feb 22 2018

“Dapat lahat ng kasapi ng organization maging kasukat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga liders. Dapat walang naiiwan (It is imperative that the living condition of all members of the organization should be, at least, at the level of the leaders. Nobody should be left to fend for themselves),” Erro said, short of saying that a monitoring unit be created to check regularly the revenues generated by the ARBOs from the assistance extended by the DAR.

Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) Director Leomides R. Villareal was also present during the assessment to personally oversee the documentation proceedings of the event.

Villareal said DAR’s achievements in terms of providing appropriate support and services to the ARBs and its massive campaign to protect their interests must be conveyed to the public through news and photo releases and video productions.

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510 Quezon farmers now landowners

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Duterte admin ends tenancy of 78-year old farmer in Laguna

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ARBs urged to harness farmlands, not pawn or sell

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