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DAR cites role of women in Sorsogon

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 24 2017SORSOGON City, Sorsogon – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently spearheaded the “2017 Rural Women Caravan” that recognized the role of women in community development in the province of Sorsogon.

The DAR was joined by various government agencies and local government officials on Friday last week to pay homage to the marvelous jobs the women of Sorsogon rendered, both as housewives and members of the society.

The caravan also cited senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), some of whom remain productive despite their infirmities as a result of old age and physical defects.

Lawyer Althea Oliveros of the DAR Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) said women should be treated fairly since they play key roles in nation-building as much as men do.

“Women should be given the chance to exercise their rights, like their rights to pursue their careers and to be consulted on matters involving family affairs,” Oliveros said, adding that “under the law, men and women are equal.”

Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee said women should take pride in what they can do because “we have that virtue of patience that men do not.”

“If you give a man a work, he will do it. But if you give a woman a work, she will do it better because a woman delivers,” Lee said. She explained that a woman bears a child in her womb for nine months, for which she develops that virtue of patience, “the patience to wait and the patience to do something about it.”

All that is needed, Lee said, is for women to have access to information. “Give her all the information she needed and she will surely deliver.”news reg 1 pix 2 nov. 24 2017

Mayor Carolyn Reyes of Pilar, Sorsogon echoed: “An informed woman is an empowered woman.”

Reyes urged all participants in the caravan to pass on to others whatever they learned here so that others may be empowered, too.

“Women can achieve more if they are empowered,” Mayor Sharon Escoto of Gubat, Sorsogon said. “Let’s grab all the opportunity presented to us. Let us be the best that we can be.”

Army Major Brelyn Botoy said women should be active in community development for they play a major role in keeping the family together.

news reg 1 pix 3 nov. 24 2017Botoy said that housekeeping is a noble profession that every woman should be proud of. She stressed that “there are many threats to our children out there that mothers should be wary of.

She cited the human traffickers and the terrorists who are lurking at every corner waiting for the opportune time to snatch away their innocence and lure them into doing something against the law.

“That’s why, we, women, should not belittle our capabilities. I am a mother, too. You may think that we are just at home. But the fact that we are attending to the needs of our loved ones, in addition to our jobs, to keep each one of us together is already something that all of us should be proud of,” she said.

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DAR distributes lands to 123 farmers in Camarines Norte

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 23 2017Bagasbas, Daet, Camarines Norte – After years of toiling lands that they did not own, a total of 123 farmers from Camarines Norte are now the new owners of these precious lands after they received a total of 222.94 hectares from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) last November 21, 2017.

The certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) covered some land areas in the municipalities of Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Vicente, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Sta. Elena and Vinzons.

DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Karlo S. Bello said the farmers deserve to own the land they till.

“President Rodrigo Duterte mandated the DAR to give the farmers what is due to them without any discrimination. The administration does not favor any farmers despite their political beliefs, as long as they are qualified and meet the requirements needed to get the land titles, we are giving it to them,” Bello said.

Bello also said that the President wants individual titling of lands for the beneficiaries, not the collective CLOAs.

The Undersecretary also recognized the collective effort of the DAR personnel in Bicol region in helping the farmers achieved their dreams.

“Your works are appreciated. Like the DAR employees in other regions, you show the people what public-servants should do to help the poor people,” Bello added.

On the recipients’ part, Labo town farmer-beneficiary Norma Ramirez vowed to transform the newly distributed lands into productive farming areas.

“We will take care of the lands and we will not sell it because these properties will be passed on to our children and the next generations,” she said.

Nestor Gonzales, another ARB from the town of Basud, reminded his fellow ARBs that having lands is not just enough to improve their lives because diligence and perseverance are very much needed to make their lands productive.

Data provided by DAR Bicol Regional Director Engr. Rodolfo S. Pangilinan revealed that 42 ARBs from Labo town received their CLOAs covering a total of 96.45 hectares during the distribution ceremony; 18 ARBs with 28.9 hectares from Jose Panganiban; 12 ARBs with 29.32 hectares from San Lorenzo Ruiz; 12 ARBs with 15.54 hectares from Capalonga; nine (9) ARBs with 19.18 hectares from Basud; nine (9) ARBs with 5.33 hectares from Daet; six (6) ARBs with 10.32 hectares from Mercedes; five (5) ARBs with 3.78 hectares from Sta. Elena; four (4) ARBs with 7.11 hectares from San Vicente; three (3) ARBs with 5.15 hectares from Paracale; and three (3) ARBs with 1.86 hectares from Vinzons town.news reg 1 pix 2 nov. 23 2017

“The DAR’s responsibility to you (the farmers) doesn’t end here. There are more to come as we are mandated to provide you the necessary assistance and support services to develop your agricultural lands and be more productive to improve your economic lives,” Pangilinan said.

Photo 2: DAR Undersecretary Karlo S. Bella (5th from left) leads the distribution of certificates of land ownership award  (CLOAs) ceremony held in Daet, Camarines Norte. The DAR distributes 222.9 hectares of agricultural lands to 123 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from 11 municipalities of Camarines Norte. The municipalities include Basud, Capalongan, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Vicente, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Sta. Elena and Vinzons. Bicol Regional Director Rodolfo Pangilinan (4th from left), Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Roseller Olayres (2nd from right) and other DAR officials graces the event.

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Hundreds of women leaders join DAR’s gender and development activity in Cam Sur

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 27 2017CALABANGA, Camarines Sur—More than 500 women farmers and rural folks flocked to the Jose de Villa National High school covered court here to be informed of their rights and avail of various services offered by the government.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led the first leg of the DAR’s gender and development (GAD) project called Caravan for Rural Women. 

The caravan seeks to provide farmers, particularly the women, children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) on their basic rights and services; and to protect women farmers and their children against violence in various forms. 

DAR GAD National Steering Committee vice-chaired by DAR Undersecretary Teresita Vistro said the caravan strives to strengthen women farmers by orienting them on the laws affecting women and children.

“A major part of the caravan is teaching the rural womenfolk on what to do and where to go if they or their children become victims of abuse and violence,” said Vistro.

“We would also like to inform everyone that DAR has established women’s desks in all our regional and provincial offices where rural women, women farmers and children can go to for help and assistance if abuses were committed to them,” added Vistro.

Vistro also emphasized the importance women play in community development. “With this caravan, we at DAR aims to empower women by helping them organize themselves towards nation-building. We are rolling out support services projects and seminar-workshops to hone them in becoming business entrepreneurs just like their farmer-husbands.”news reg 1 pix 2 oct. 27 2017 

According to GAD Secretariat Head Atty. Althea Oliveros, the Caravan for Rural Women targets to serve at least 500 women farmer-beneficiaries and their families in the Bicol region alone.

“This endeavor seeks to serve the rural womenfolk and their families not only with government services but also by informing them of their rights and how to protect themselves from abuse and violence,” Oliveros said.

news reg 1 pix 3 oct. 27 2017In this first leg of the caravan, the DAR invited officers from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) to talk on women’s rights, violence against women and children; and DAR oriented the womenfolk on the Magna Carta on women. 

Oliveros said the DAR invited various government agencies to join the caravan in going from town to town providing and informing the rural folks of each agency’s programs and projects on women. Each government agency pledged services they will offer on this first leg of the caravan.

The succeeding leg will be conducted in Sorsogon, Leyte, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte.

The caravan is participated in by the DAR, the departments of Agriculture (DA), health (DOH), labor (DOLE), irrigation (NIA), environment (DENR), The Phil. Army, Phil. National Police (PNP), Phil Health, Bureau of Soils, the Office of the Presidential Affairs on Peace Process (OPAP) and the local government units.news reg 1 pix 4 oct. 27 2017

Photo 1: DAR GAD National Steering Committee vice chair Teresita Vistro, encourages the womenfolk to not be afraid in standing-up for their rights.

Photo 2: GAD Secretariat Head Atty. Althea Oliveros oriented the womenfolk of the magna carta of women. Also in photo: Calabanga Mayor and Vice Mayor Eduardo Severo and Ramoncito Robles; Irrigation Officer Manuel Vender, DTI Officer Mark John Abugagao, Phil. Army Major Brelyn Bitoy and OPAP Officer Janine Yao.

Photo 3: More than 500 women farmers and rural folks flocked to the Jose de Villa National High School covered court to avail of government services.

Photo 4: The womenfolk in a focused group discussion on peace and security facilitated by OPAP Officer Janine Yao (center).

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DAR thanks government agencies

news reg 4 pix 1 oct. 26 2017CALABANGA, Camarines Sur (Oct. 26, 2017)— The DAR Gender and Development (GAD) National Steering Committee Vice Chair Teresita Vistro thanked the representatives from the various government agencies who facilitated the attendance of farmers and fisher folks who joined the first leg of the Caravan for Rural Women project of GAD.

More than 500 women farmers and rural folks flocked to the Jose de Villa National High School covered court here to be informed of their rights and avail of various services offered by the government.

The caravan is participated in by the DAR, the departments of Agriculture (DA), health (DOH), labor (DOLE), irrigation (NIA), environment (DENR), science and technology (DOST), the Phil. Army, Phil. National Police (PNP), Phil Health, Bureau of Soils, the Office of the Presidential Affairs on Peace Process (OPAP) and the local government units.news reg 4 pix 2 oct. 26 2017  

The succeeding leg will be conducted in Sorsogon, Leyte, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte. (pinky roque)

Photos 1 and 2: GAD Vice Chair Teresita Vistro thanking the government agencies and asking them to join the DAR again for next leg of the Caravan for Rural Women.

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