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DAR pours P404-M development projects in Zambo Peninsula

news reg 1 pix 1 march 13 2018DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – A boost in economic and development opportunities in the Zamboanga Peninsula will be experienced by farmers as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) poured various rural infrastructure and livelihood projects in support for the sustainable rural development program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

“The Zamboanga Peninsula, whose residents consists mainly of farmers and fisherfolks, will greatly benefit from these infrastructure facilities. These [infra projects] will enhance the rural economy and in the process, create job opportunities,” said DAR Secretary John Castriciones.

Castriciones together with Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong led the turn-over of the rural development projects worth P404 million in a certificate of land ownership award (CLOA)  distribution ceremony for 997 farmer-beneficiaries held at the Dapitan City Cultural and Sports Center, Dapitan City on Friday, March 9.

“The CLOAs are just the first step towards more support from the government. We will follow President Duterte’s national goal of improving the economic lives of our farmers by pouring various support services to farm communities,” said Castriciones.

The multi-million project includes the rehabilitation and construction of 13 farm-to-market roads, two communal irrigation systems, one 28.8 linear meter bridge, provision of potable water facilities, provision of rubber seedlings, fertilizers, swine production, provision of farm tools, construction of post-harvest facilities and processing centers for abaca mat-weaving and other handicrafts.

Support Services Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong said “these projects are significant in achieving progress in rural communities. These facilities are not only implemented to make life easier for our farmers but also to sustain the development of their communities.”

“More than 10,000 ARBs will benefit from these projects. But not only our farmers, these [projects] would also directly benefit residents, around 23,000 households in Zamboanga peninsula,” Bistoyong said.

The DAR also turned over farm tools, fertilizers, rubber seedlings and various livelihood projects which will be distributed to agrarian cooperatives in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang said that under the DAR Partnership Development Projects, the department will construct processing centers for handicrafts like abaca mat-weaving centers and community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH).

“These processing centers is where the farmers who are mostly women, conduct their livelihood projects of mat-weaving and make handicrafts out of abaca to sell for additional family income,” Ragandang said.

“The CPWASH will be constructed to provide potable water to remote farming communities,” she added.news reg 1 pix 2 march 13 2018

Likewise, four tribal centers and three multi-purpose centers with solar dryers were also turned-over.

Ragandang said the tribal centers would accommodate indigenous people (IPs), who will use these centers for processing and sell their crops. The multi-purpose centers with solar dryers, on the other hand, would address the problem of inadequacy of postharvest facilities of farmers.

“A lot of our farmers here do not have solar pavements to dry their agricultural products. They are relying on adjacent places for drying,” said Ragandang.

The DAR officials present during the CLOA distribution and turn-over of projects include DAR Undersecretaries Luis Pangulayan of legal affairs office, Karlo Bello of field operations office, Rosalina Bistoyong of Support Services, David Erro of policy & planning office, Bernie Cruz of Special Concerns Office and Public Assistance & Media Relations Service Director Leomides R. Villareal.

Land Registration Authority (LRA) Administrator Renato Bermejo was also present during the distribution ceremony.

The local officials present during the event include Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos and representatives from the departments of interior & local government (DILG), agriculture (DA), irrigation (NIA) and environment and natural resources (DENR).

Photo 1: Secretary John Castriciones (in white) inspecting some of the farm machines for turn-over to agrarian cooperatives.

Photo 2: Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong and Regional Director Julita Ragandang presents to the Secretary the various support services received by agrarian reform communities.

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997 Zambo farmers thank Duterte for release of land titles, provision of infra projects

news reg 1 pix 1 march 9 2018DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – “This is a dream come true! The farm is finally mine! I am thankful for President Duterte for making this happen,” said Saturnina Oquiz who was teary-eyed after receiving her certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from Department of agrarian reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones.

Oquiz was one of the 997 exultant agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received their CLOAs in a ceremony held at the Dapitan City Cultural and Sports Center, Dapitan City on Friday, March 9.

The distributed lands covered some 1,595 hectares located in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Sur.

Oquiz is a wood tree farmer whose lifelong dream is to own the land she and her husband has been tilling for decades.

“With this land and the other projects turned over today, I am confident that my family’s future is secured. Am looking forward to earning more this coming years,” she said. 

Together with his top officials, Castriciones led the distribution of CLOAs and turned over various rural infrastructure and livelihood projects worth P404 million.news reg 1 pix 2 march 9 2018

“The CLOAs are just the first step towards more support from the government. We will follow President Duterte’s national goal of improving the economic lives of our farmers by pouring various support services to farm communities,” said Castriciones.

“My marching order from our President is to help our poor farmers and to fight for their rights,” added Castriciones.

Another farmer, 40-year old Romulo Sambio of Zamboanga del Norte jumped for joy upon receiving his CLOA.

“No more worrying about paying rent for the use of the land. Most of all, no more fear of getting ejected as tenants. Pasalamat talaga kami kay Presidente Duterte,” said Sambio.

He added that as a farmworker, he was restricted from planting anything else without an order from the landowner. He follows whatever the landowner tells him to plant.

“Now I can plant whatever I want on my own farm. I will earn extra income for my family from planting corn and cassava while earning from coconuts,” explains Sambio.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 9 2018During the CLOA distribution, Secretary Castriciones also turned-over infrastructure projects for the ARBs worth P404 million.

“These projects will benefit more than 10,000 ARBs. But not only our farmers, these [projects] would also directly benefit residents, around 23,000 households in Zamboanga peninsula,” said Castriciones.

In a short ceremony, the DAR chief also turned over 13 farm-to-market roads, two communal irrigation systems, and one 28.8 linear meter bridge.

“These infrastructure projects would greatly help our farmers, especially the roads and bridge which would ease farmers’ travel from farm to the market centers. The two irrigation systems would boost their farm yield,” he said.

Castriciones also handed over farm tools and various livelihood projects which will be distributed to agrarian cooperatives in Zamboanga Peninsula.

DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang said that under the DAR Partnership Development Projects, the department will construct processing centers for handicrafts like abaca mat-weaving centers and community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH).

“These processing centers is where the farmers who are mostly women, conduct their livelihood projects of mat-weaving and make handicrafts out of abaca to sell for additional family income,” Ragandang said.

“The CPWASH will be constructed to provide potable water to remote farming communities,” she added.news reg 1 pix 4 march 9 2018

Other top DAR officials present during the CLOA distribution and turn-over of projects include DAR Undersecretaries Luis Pangulayan of legal affairs office, Karlo Bello of field operations office, Rosalina Bistoyong of Support Services, David Erro of policy & planning office, Bernie Cruz of Special Concerns Office and Public Assistance & Media Relations Service Director Leomides R. Villareal.

Land Registration Authority (LRA) Administrator Renato Bermejo was also present during the distribution ceremony.

The local officials present during the event include Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos and representatives from the departments of interior & local government (DILG), agriculture (DA), irrigation (NIA) and environment and natural resources (DENR).

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Farmers undergo consultation and workshop on agri-venture contracts

news reg 3 pix 1 oct. 12 2017DAPITAN CITY (October 12, 2017)—Farmer-members of agrarian reform cooperatives who are involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVAs) are currently undergoing a workshop where they are being taught to formulate action plans.

In the workshop, participants composed of agrarian reform beneficiary (ARBs) cooperative officials discussed the updates, status, issues and concerns of their respective AVA contracts with AVA point persons, PARC Secretariat, DAR support services office and DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers.

“After hearing their problems with their AVAs, we are now brainstorming on the challenges to come up with proposed recommendations and suggested solutions to each of their problems,” said Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce.

Ponce said the PARC Secretariat organized this two-day consultation and workshop to help ARBs become well informed in AVA laws and regulations and to guide them in making sound decisions concerning their AVA with their investors.

The consultation cum workshop is being held in Dapitan City from Oct. 11-12, 2017. 

Photo: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce (standing) listens as farmers formulate their action plans.

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PARC Secretariat leads consultation with farmers on agri-venture contracts

news reg 2 pix 1 oct. 12 2017DAPITAN CITY (Oct. 12, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat organized a two-day consultation, feedbacking and workshop with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVA) to inform and guide them in making sound decisions concerning their AVA with their investors.

The consultation cum workshop was held in this city on Oct. 11 to12, 2017.

PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce said farmers often get involved in onerous agreements because they are not properly guided on the laws and processes in negotiating their AVAs.

He added that farmers get abused and oppressed for not understanding the provisions contained in their AVAs.

“Their lack of understanding of the AVA [laws and regulations] always put them in an unfavorable and disadvantageous position,” Ponce explained.

The consultation, he pointed out, will empower the ARBs and their cooperatives with the processes and guide them on what options to take in negotiating for their contracts with their investors.

“The workshop would also guide them in formulating action plans in addressing their AVA problems,” Ponce added.

Participants composed of ARB cooperative officials discussed the updates, status, issues, and concerns of their respective AVA contracts with AVA point persons, PARC Secretariat, DAR support services office and DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers during the two-day workshop.

“Upon hearing their problems with their AVAs, we brainstormed on the challenges and came up with proposed recommendations and suggested solutions to each of their problems,” Ponce said.

He also emphasized that the workshop is being conducted after President Rodrigo Duterte, who serves as the chairperson of PARC, directed that all AVA contracts involving tenants and landholders must pass through DAR for evaluation and to determine if the AVAs are in violation of the 1987 Constitution as well as of agrarian reform laws, rules and regulations.

Acting on that directive, the PARC Secretariat earlier this year conducted an ARB’s forum on the implementation of AVAs.

Agrarian cooperatives were requested to submit their existing AVA contracts for review and evaluation by the DAR.

“This consultation, feedbacking and workshop is the second activity we handled after the President made the directive. We presented to them the result of the evaluation of their AVAs submitted in the ARB’s forum. And now after lengthily discussing problems and suggesting possible solutions, they are now armed with enough knowledge to make sound decisions in their AVAs,” Ponce said. (30)

Photo: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce (extreme right) together with Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator Rolando Cua and Bienvenido Valerio of the Support Service Office of DAR talks with agrarian reform beneficiaries on their various AVA problems. 

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