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16 Masbate farmers receive land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 may 18 2018MANDAON, Masbate – A total of 16 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a recent distribution ceremony spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) held at the Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO) of Mandaon, Masbate.

The distributed land titles covered at least three landholdings comprising an area of 33.3475 hectares and are situated in barangays Buri and Tagpo, said OIC- Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Rudy A. Delgado.

The landholdings were acquired by the DAR through compulsory acquisition from landowners Aurelio Lucio, Patrocinio Alayon and Simeona Bonayog, Delgado added.

During the activity, OIC- Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (PARPO I) Herald R. Tambal urged the newly empowered farmers to take good care of their awarded lands and use it to improve their livelihood and quality of life.

“I suggest you engage in vegetable farming because the demand is high and it is really profitable if done the right way. To become successful in this endeavor, you need to learn new farming technologies and enterprise strategies from our government’s rural development programs, which will be provided by the DAR,” Tambal said.

ARB Mars R. Pantia, on the other hand, vowed to cultivate his land and produce as many crops as he can to support his family. He also promised that he would never ever sell his land.

“For me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Starting today, I am not anyone’s farmer anymore. I am the farmer of my own land. I may not be as strong or as young as I was before, but with my family by my side, I know we can get through anything,” Pantia said.

After the distribution of titles, Land Tenure Services Division Chief Delia R. Amante conducted a lecture on the rights and responsibilities of ARBs. She reminded the beneficiaries to make their lands productive, pay the amortization to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and as well as the required taxes. (Ross Aguilar Lustestica, DAR-Masbate)

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DAR provides water and biogas facilities in Camarines Sur town

news reg 1 pix 1 april 27 2018BOMBON, Camarines Sur – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) together with Camarines Sur Provincial Office II and the local government unit of Bombon joined hands in bringing community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene project (CPWASH) in Barangay Siembre to provide safe and drinking water and biogas systems.

The CPWASH technology seeks to provide potable water by making use of readily available sources of water such as rainwater to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

Apart from the rainwater collector tank, it has a water filtration and purification structure or iron removal filters that will be installed at Siembre Elementary School to supply potable water to pupils, teachers, and community residents.

The filtering structure is capable of removing limestone sediments and turns rainwater and water from artesian wells or pitcher pumps safe to drink.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Gay L. Labad said Bombon is the eighth municipality in Camarines Sur II area where CPWASH is implemented after Canaman, Sagñay, Caramoan, Garchitorena, Tinambac, Ocampo, and Tigaon.

“We are pushing this project every year especially in agrarian reform areas where people lack potable drinking water,” Labad emphasized.

The project is expected to benefit more than 100 members of the Siembre Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (SARBO) and their household members.

Labad also commended Mayor Oscar Borja and the members of Sangguniang Bayan for their firm support to the project.

To realize the project, Mayor Borja said they have already signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DAR last April 16 for the putting–up of a community-managed water and sanitation project in their municipality.

The barangay LGU of Siembre and SARBO also signed in the agreement.

Under the agreement, DAR would provide P80,000 for the capacity building and training of the identified para-engineers.news reg 1 pix 2 april 27 2018

As a counterpart, the LGU of Bombon would shoulder P50,000 for the materials while Barangay Siembre and SARBO would give support funds for the additional or emergency expenses and free labor services.

“This will ensure our villagers with a continued supply of safe drinkable water aside from the biogas digester system that transforms pig wastes into energy as a substitute for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to save on money and the environment,” Borja said.

Labad also announced that thirty farmer-members of SARBO in Barangay are now undergoing the 10-day hands-on construction training as “para-engineers” to build and manage the facilities for the benefit of their community and the environment.

The facilities are expected to be completed on April 26, Thursday.

Borja, meanwhile, was pleased to be selected among the recipient LGUs and expressed his intention to expand the project to other areas of Bombon, acknowledging water as the basic right of every community.

During the MOA signing, Borja revealed the rainwater collectors with purification system will be replicated in schools and evacuation centers in every barangay of the municipality prioritizing San Francisco, San Antonio, Sto. Domingo and Pagao. (Geri C. Buensalida/DAR-CamSur)

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DAR, Pilmico forge partnership on agro-entrepreneurship projects for farmers  

news reg 1 pix 1 march 20 2018NAGA CITY - Livelihood packages, as well as series of technical training, will be provided to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) and its farmer-members which will enable them to increase their household incomes through easy-to-manage businesses with a quick return of investments.

On February 27, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here and Pilmico Foods Corporation, the food subsidiary of Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI) recently entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that provides for the sustainable livelihood and income opportunities to agrarian reform beneficiaries across the province.

Under the agreement, Pilmico will provide livelihood packages as well as technical assistance to farmer-recipients while DAR shall provide microfinance services in the form of loans to help them gain collateral for their agri-businesses.

The highlight of the activity was the distribution of 12 piglets (three piglets per beneficiary) to four farmer-recipients who are members of the Pacol Magsasaka Prime Community (PMPC) in Naga City.

DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz in his message expressed his support to further strengthen and improve partnership with Pilmico consistent with the DAR’s mandate to provide support services such as enterprise development programs by implementing community-based projects which are accessible to everyone especially those living in the countryside.

For her part, Camarines Sur II agrarian reform chief Maria Gracia R. Sales was hopeful the agreement can do “even more to help the farmers and their organizations to be successful partners for growth.”

“I wish these projects would go a long way helping our agrarian reform farmers here flourish in their new venture (to go into business) especially on swine and egg production, as they are now assured of livelihood packages or starter kits from Pilmico,” Sales said.news reg 1 pix 2 march 20 2018

Aside from piglet dispersal, Pilmico is also set to provide six kits of egg machines to farmers’ organizations that will be selected by DAR. Each kit contains 48 heads of ready-to-lay (RTL) hens, galvanized steel cages, feeders, nipple drinkers, water gallon containers, and one-month feed consumption. The succeeding feed requirements will be shouldered by the organization-recipients.

An ‘egg machine’ is a backyard farming starter kit that allows the continuous production of eggs in a period of 16 months. The Ready-to-Lay hens have a lifespan of 16 months while the cages can last for 10 years. In a day, a flock or kit can produce up to 96 percent of eggs or about 46 eggs per kit.

Said livelihood packages formed part of Pilmico’s flagship advocacy program, “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin,” a campaign introduced in mid-2014 to push sustainable entrepreneurship through the promotion of locally produced foods.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 20 2018This community-based partnership is under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of the government.

Present during the signing were DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz, Camarines Sur II Agrarian Reform Chief Maria Gracia R. Sales, Pilmico AEV VP for Government Relations Christopher Camba, and Pilmico VP for Corporate Strategy & Business Development Santanina Castro. 

Photo 1: DAR Undersecretary Bernie Cruz (extreme right) with DAR-Camarines Sur II agrarian reform chief Maria Gracia R. Sales and Pilmico officials sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) that provides for the sustainable livelihood and income opportunities to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Photo 2: The piglets from Pilmico.

Photo 3: The farmer-recipients who are members of Pacol Magsasaka Prime Community (PMPC) in Naga City.

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DAR V holds joint consultation meeting for the legal and operations sectors

news reg 1 pix 1 feb 26 2018The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Bicol Region lauded the Operations and Legal sectors for initiating the recently-concluded Joint Consultation-Meeting between two groups to discuss issues and concerns regarding the implementation of agrarian reform in the region.

“The Operations and Legal sectors should continue to meet regularly to defuse conflicts in the field and find effective ways of resolving them. Field personnel should not only be the one to know; whatever issues that arise at their level should be relayed immediately to the regional level, to the head of office, specifically, for us to help devise immediate solutions,” DAR-Bicol Regional Director Rodolfo Pangilinan said.

Sustaining this practice, he added, would help boost the accomplishments of DAR-Bicol.

The most notable topic tackled during the one-day consultation is the Memorandum Circular No. 03 series of 2016 and its salient features. 

The circular seeks to ensure uniformity in the procedures, documentation, and payment on land transfer claims.news reg 1 pix 2 feb 26 2018

Atty. Leo Miguel A. Ramos, chief of the DAR-Bicol Legal Division, explained that since said MC focuses on the forms and documentary requirements, it is beneficial to know the equivalent documents that may be used or be applied in case there is an absence of original documents.

“Considering that the Legal Division bases its actions on the documents or evidence submitted, harmonization of the policy guidelines should be applied. This way, the process of documentation and payment of land transfer claims and any other transfer actions would be a lot easier,” he said.

Similarly, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Samuel S. Solomero said that the meeting would also give the two sectors a chance to discuss Administrative Order (AO) No. 5 series of 2017 or the New Implementing Guidelines Governing the Compulsory Acquisition of all Agricultural Lands with Pending Proceedings or Cases.

“It is necessary to discuss the gray areas of AO No. 05 series of 2017 and resolve the same. We will brainstorm and come up with recommendations on this AO. Inputs are needed especially from the high-LAD province of Camarines Sur,” ARDO Solomero said, adding that other agenda like the latest memorandum issued by the central office, and plans for 2018 would be tackled.

Also discussed was the PARPOs’ Conference to understand the status of fund of the Land Tenure Services Program for this year, among others.

Pangilinan said that with the reduced budget for the LTSP, the region must find ways or devise sound plans to be able to defray the cost of activities and meet the targets. (MTV General/DAR-V)

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Region V News

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16 Masbate farmers receive land titles

MANDAON, Masbate – A total of 16 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a recent distribution ceremony spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) held at the Municipal Agrarian Reform… Read More..
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DAR provides water and biogas facilities in Camarines Sur…

BOMBON, Camarines Sur – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) together with Camarines Sur Provincial Office II and the local government unit of Bombon joined hands in bringing community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene project (CPWASH)… Read More..
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DAR, Pilmico forge partnership on agro-entrepreneurship…

NAGA CITY - Livelihood packages, as well as series of technical training, will be provided to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) and its farmer-members which will enable them to increase their household incomes through… Read More..
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DAR V holds joint consultation meeting for the legal and…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Bicol Region lauded the Operations and Legal sectors for initiating the recently-concluded Joint Consultation-Meeting between two groups to discuss issues and concerns regarding the implementation of agrarian reform… Read More..

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