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New Zambo landowners urged to join cooperatives

news reg 1 pix 1 november 2 2018Zamboanga City- Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones advised new landowners to be members of cooperatives or Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) to receive more government assistance.

This he said in front of 1,006 farmers from the Zamboanga region, who received Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) in a ceremony held Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Centro Pastoral Complex, Gov. Camins, Zamboanga City.

“Mag-miyembro po kayo ng ARBOs sapagkat dito po dadaloy ang mga proyekto at suporta para sa mga magsasaka (Join ARBOs because this is where we channel support for farmer beneficiaries),” Castriciones said.  

Castriciones who led the distribution of CLOAs explained that the work of the DAR does not end in the distribution of lands alone. The agency also provides support services to enable farmer beneficiaries to manage their lands better.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) at nagawan nila ng paraan ang pamamahagi ng lupa sa amin (I am thankful to the DAR for finding ways to distribute the land to us),” said 68-year-old farmer Cesario Cielo.

Cielo waited for 24 years to receive 2.8 hectares of agricultural land located in Barangay Sta. Clara, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Nagkaroon po kasi ng kaso kaya tumagal pero okay na (Some disputes caused the delay but they were finally resolved),” Cielo explained.

He plans to continue planting fruit trees such as lanzones and mangosteen through the help of DAR’s support services in their area such as farm to market roads and farm facilities.

He said that with these programs and projects, the farmer beneficiaries are assured of a brighter future ahead of them. They just need to capacitate themselves, work harder, and make their lands productive for the future generations.

Farmer beneficiaries were also informed by Castriciones that the Land Bank of the Philippines offers an Accessible and Sustainable Lending Program (ASLP) where farmers can loan up to 50,000 pesos to buy farm inputs. Annual interest of the loan is only at 6%.news reg 1 pix 2 november 2 2018

However, Castriciones warned the farmer beneficiaries not to sell or mortgage the lands awarded by the government or risk losing the land being charged according to law.

From 1972 to June 2018, around 2.849 million agrarian reform beneficiaries have received their own lands to till covering a total area of about 4.865 million hectares of agricultural lands. There remains 561,000 hectares of private agricultural lands and 260,000 hectares government owned lands for distribution.

Photo 1: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones and DAR Region IX Regional Director Julita Ragandang awarding the land title to farmer Cesario Cielo from Zamboanga Sibugay

Photo 2: Farmer Beneficiaries with DAR officials and representatives from CARP-Implementing agencies.

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Deceased farmer’s daughter receives land title

news reg 1 pix 1 october 29 2018Zamboanga City-  Farmer Editha Yvias’ father, Romeo Reginan, had waited five years to own a land until he died at the age of 76 in 2001. Yvias (left), now 60, is assured of a quality of life to share with her children and grandchildren after becoming a new landowner. 

She is among 1,006 farmers from Zamboanga Peninsula region who were recently awarded lands by Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones (middle) and Regional Director Julita Ragandang (right). 

Yvias received a hectare of agricultural land located in Brgy. Lingatongan, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte. 

The distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program was held at the Centro Pastoral Complex , Gov. Camins, Zamboanga City. 

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9,140 ARBs benefit from DAR capacity building programs

news reg 2 pix 1 july 26 2018Some 9,140 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Zamboanga Peninsula started putting to good use the capacity building programs the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has extended to them.

This was reported by DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang during the department’s on-going 2018 mid-year performance review and planning session in Tagaytay City.

Ragandang said under the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Sustainability Program (ARBDSP), famer-members belonging to 172 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) were trained on micro financing, business development, credit management, product enhancement and basic cooperative management training, just to name a few.

“These training are all geared towards empowering farmers. We are shaping them to become farmer-entrepreneurs who are competitive and can understand the business they are venturing into. We want them to be able to understand and negotiate business on their own,” Ragandang said.

The DAR’s performance review and planning session is currently being conducted from July 24-27, to resolve and address problems in implementing agrarian reform for the year. 

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Agrarian cooperatives receive farm tools from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 june 5 2018.jpegZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over P5,000,000 worth of farm equipment to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the municipality of Tampilisan to increase their farm production.

The recipients, the Cabong, Tampilisan, Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CATAMCO) and the Camul Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CARBEMCO) received 8 units chainsaw, 10 units auger, 8 grass cutter, 45 thousand latex cups, 45,000 spout, 45,000 cup holders, 21 units weighing scales, 60 knapsack sprayer, 450 pruning shears, 450 units sharpening hone, 450 units manual hand digger, 150 units wheelbarrow, 600 units shovel, 585 units digging bar and 1000 coagulating vats.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Arturo N. Soria said the farm equipment was provided under the department’s Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (DAR-Project Converge).

“The project’s aim is to increase the income and improve the way of living of the farmers by boosting their production of the primary crops such as rubber and rice through the provision of farm inputs, equipment, relevant rural infrastructure projects, farmer trainings and links to various markets,” said Soria.

He added that Project ConVERGE would help increase the quality and quantity of the rubber production of smallholder farmers of the two farms cooperatives in the province.

A farmer-member of CATAMCO said the expected increase in their production and the improvement of their rubber's quality have been a lifelong dream.news reg 1 pix 2 june 5 2018.jpeg

They hope to be able to fulfill their dream and finally have a place in the rubber market.

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

Photo 1: (L-R)    Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rizzel Villanueva, Engr. Alfonso A. Tan, PARPO Arturo N. Soria, ConVERGE Value Chain Specialist Leonardo Ablao hands over an electric saw to CATAMCO Chairman Ernie Handumon.

Photo 2: The farm tools and fertilizer worth P5 million.

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Region IX News

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New Zambo landowners urged to join cooperatives

Zamboanga City- Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones advised new landowners to be members of cooperatives or Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) to receive more government assistance.This he said in front of 1,006 farmers from the… Read More..
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Deceased farmer’s daughter receives land title

Zamboanga City- Farmer Editha Yvias’ father, Romeo Reginan, had waited five years to own a land until he died at the age of 76 in 2001. Yvias (left), now 60, is assured of a quality of life to share with her children and grandchildren after becoming a new… Read More..
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9,140 ARBs benefit from DAR capacity building programs

Some 9,140 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Zamboanga Peninsula started putting to good use the capacity building programs the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has extended to them.This was reported by DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang during… Read More..
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Agrarian cooperatives receive farm tools from DAR

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over P5,000,000 worth of farm equipment to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the municipality of Tampilisan to increase their farm production.The… Read More..

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