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1,940 Negros farmers thank Pres. Duterte, DAR for land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 march 28 2018BACOLOD CITY – A total of 1,940 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province of Negros Occidental expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as they received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a distribution ceremony held on Tuesday, March 27 here in Bacolod City.

Data provided by DAR Negros Occidental indicated that a total of 1,823.55 hectares of agricultural lands were distributed to the beneficiaries on Tuesday covering 108 landholdings in the 23 municipalities with the crops classification of 65% sugarcane,15% ricefield, 10% corn, 7% root crops and 3% mixed trees.

DAR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said 99% of the distributed property is private landholdings.

“Almost all landholdings to be distributed in this part of the region are private properties owned by powerful landowners. They have the influence, money, and power to either delay DAR’s coverage of their properties or stop us from harassing or suing our people. But with our utmost dedication and by pooling all our resources, efforts and strategies we can distribute all these lands in the near future,” Leonidas said.

DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Karlo S. Bello said that the DAR is doing its best to give them the land they were tilling for many years; and now that they are the owner of the property they should work doubly hard to take good care of it.news reg 1 pix 2 march 28 2018

Fast-tracking of the processing and release of CLOAs is also emphasized under the leadership of DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones.


“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mandated the DAR to give you (farmers) what is rightfully yours. He wants to make good on his promise to uplift the economic lives of our landless farmers that is why he wants to hasten the distribution of lands in the countryside,” Bello said.



The Undersecretary remind the farmer-beneficiaries to pay their amortizations and taxes religiously as it is one of the main obligations of a landowner.

Assistant Regional Director Ronald Gareza, on the other hand, remind the farmers to not pawn their lands.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 28 2018Farmer-beneficiary Inocencio Jayona from Hacienda Lina of Barangay Chambery in Manapla town, on his part, said that he and his fellow beneficiaries will organize an association or cooperative so that they will immediately receive DAR’s support service to boost their newly-acquired landholdings.

“We are thankful to Duterte administration and the DAR because they are doing their best to help us improve our lives,” Jayona said.

After the CLOA distribution, Undersecretary Bello, who recognized the collective effort of the DAR personnel in this province for helping the farmers achieve their dreams, gathered them together with Regional Director Leonidas and Asst. Regional Director Gareza to hear their issues and concerns about their work and to come up with possible strategies to smoothen their job. 

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Central Iloilo farmers receive P57.6-M road project from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 march 16 2018Lambunao, Iloilo -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over to the Lambunao local government unit (LGU) the concreted of JNR Agsirab to bagongbong to sitio Agdalusan farm-to-market road project to improve the economic well-being of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in AGSIBAGO Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) here.



DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina L. Bistoyong led the turnover ceremony held in Barangay Caguisanan, transferring the management and maintenance of the 7.04-kilometer all-weather road  from JNR –Agsirab-bagongbong-sitio Agdalusan road to the Lambunao.



Bistoyong said,  aside from providing support services, a total development approach must be provided  to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) such as insurance and  capital for planting with 6.5 % interest from the Land Bank of the Philippines to increase the ARBs agricultural production and family income.

She said the JNR –Agsirab-bagongbong-sitio Agdalusan farm to market road was implemented to benefit a total of 175 agrarian reform beneficiaries and indigenous peoples (IPs) from neighboring barangays.



Bistoyong reminded the recipients to manage and maintain the infrastructure in good condition to avoid the financial grant from being reverted to loan.


OIC- Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Sally A. Paulin said the P57,630,903.00 total project cost of the 7.04 kilometers road shared by the Provincial Government of Iloilo and the DAR under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2) grant, now on its second phase.


In his acceptance message, Lambunao Mayor Jason R. Gonzales thanked the DAR for the convenience and advantage that the project would bring to his constituents especially in making the area accessible to other barangays and thus opening it up other livelihood opportunities to the residents in the area.

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Antonio Gascon Lacupa , tribal leader of Lambunao Bukidnon IPs Organization in Barangay Caguisanan thanked the DAR and expressed his gratitude to the Provincial  Government of Iloilo and Lambunao LGU for implementing the road project.

Reynaldo Lavilla, 74 years from Sitio Agdalusan, Lambunao said transporting their goods to the market before was very tough. Now, it will be much easier, our travel time will be shortened,” he added. 



The turn-over ceremony was attended by 3rd District of Iloilo Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr., Iloilo Gov. Arthur R. Defensor, Sr., Lambunao Acting-Vice Mayor  Cesar Gonzales, Assistant Regional Director Florentino D. Seladan,  OIC-PARPO Sally A. Paulin of Iloilo, Lambunao MARPO Bernadette H. Hisu-an, Agsirab Punong Barangay Wennie L. Catedrilla, Bagongbong Punong Barangay Dhonald C. Agustino, Jayubo Punong Barangay Jeffrey G. Latoza and Caguisanan Punong Barangay Rogelio B. Pastolero.

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77 Iloilo farmers thank Pres. Duterte for new land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 13 2017OTON, Iloilo - A total of 77 farmers from six towns and one city in the province of Iloilo expressed gratitude to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the release of their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs).

In a distribution ceremony held in Barangay Pulo Maestra Vita, Oton, Iloilo on Wednesday, December 13, the farmers said their struggle to win the lands that they tilled have lasted for more than 20 years.

The ceremony was led by Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) of DAR Central Office together with Assistant Regional Director Florentino D. Siladan of DAR Region VI and OIC PARPO II Sally A. Ortega of DAR Iloilo province.

Representatives from the local government of Oton were also present during the event, to include Sangguniang Bayan Member Honorato Nad and Barangay Captain Romeo Palomo.

"This is a gift for you by the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte," Villareal pointed out.

Villareal said it is the wish of the President to give dignity to farmers by providing them titles of the lands they till.

He also conveyed to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) the marching order of newly-appointed DAR acting secretary John Castriciones, and that is to serve the poor farmers and implement as a team the programs and services of the agency.

Eladio Marmolejo, 75 from Oton, Iloilo was among the ARBs who received his CLOA last Wednesday.

"Salamat Pres. Duterte kay ginpapaspasan mo ang pagproseso sang amon CLOA. Nakaptan ko na gid ang titulo sang akon duta pagkatapos sang sobra 20 ka tuig nga paghulat (Thank you Pres. Duterte for fast-tracking the processing of our CLOA. The title of my land is now in my hands after more than 20 years of waiting)," Marmolejo said.

Two widowed mothers were also present during the distribution ceremony to receive the land titles on behalf of their husbands who died years before the realization of their dreams of owning the lands they till.

Rosena Malco, 74, one of the widows said her husband died in 1999 but she is happy that their years of struggle for land ownership is already over.news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 13 2017

The distribution on Wednesday covered a total land area of 70.8090 hectares in the towns of Oton, Dingle, Duenas, Pototan, San Dionisio, Lambunao and Passi City.

A total of 97 CLOAs were distributed to the ARBs.

ARD Siladan reminded the ARBs on their obligations at the Land Bank of the Philippines.

He also told the ARBs not to sell or mortgage their lands. 

news reg 1 pix 3 dec. 13 2017Photo 1: Director Leomides R. Villareal (2nd from right) of the PAMRS DAR Central Office together with Assistant Regional Director Florentino D. Siladan (2nd from left) of DAR Region VI and OIC PARPO II Sally A. Ortega (left) of DAR Iloilo province led the distribution of the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 77 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in a ceremony held on Wednesday, December 13 in Barangay Pulo Maestra Vita, Oton, Iloilo province.

Photo 2: Rosena Malco, 74 (right) and Catalina Espano, 76 (2nd from right) received their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) in a ceremony held on Wednesday, December 13 in  Barangay Pulo Maestra Vita, Oton, Iloilo province. They received the CLOAs on behalf of their husbands who died years before the realization of their dreams of owning the lands they till.

Photo 3: A total of 77 farmers from six towns and one city in the province of Iloilo expressed gratitude to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the release of their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a ceremony held on Wednesday, December 13 in Barangay Pulo Maestra Vita, Oton, Iloilo province.

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Sugar block farm project to benefit 1,600 Iloilo farmers

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 28 2017ILOILO CITY-The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently forged an agreement with the Ateneo de Davao University–Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ADDU-ISEDI) to enhance sugar block farming and improve the production and income of 1,655 sugarcane farmers here.

DAR Regional Director Gideon Umadhay said the objective of the sugar block farm project of the department is to increase farmers’ household income and to promote sustainable development in the sugarcane industry of Western Visayas.

“This project will be implemented in nine municipalities in the provinces of Capiz, Antique and Iloilo,” Umadhay said.

Under the agreement, the DAR will focus on the institutional aspects and will be incharge of organizing the farmers.

“The sugar block farming also seeks to improve the yield of sugarcane farms collectively managed by cooperatives,” Umadgay said, adding that it is aligned with the purpose of addressing issues on high poverty incidence in the region. 

For its part, the ADDU-ISEDI will take care of the technical assistance like orientation and trainings.

The agreement was signed by DAR Regional Director Gideon Umadhay, Assistant Regional Director Florentino Siladan, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix Servidad and ISEDI Executive Director Jocelyn Cabo.

Block farming is the consolidation of the management of small farms of less than five hectares, into a biiger but contiguous unit of at least 30 hectares for purposes of improving farm productivity while individual ownership is preserved. (LF Villanueva)

Photo: Contract signing of the Sugar Block Farm project of DAR.  Sitted (l-r) PARPO Felix Servidad, ISEDI Exec. Director Jocelyn Cabo, RD Gideon A. Umadhay and ARD Florentino D. Siladan. Standing (l-r) MARPO Lani Liza Roxas, OIC-CARPO Anthony Arostique, OIC-CARPO Ma. Ella Buenaventura, OIC-CARPO Mary Tordesillas, CARPO Mercy Lagaña, Atty. Jose Rowell Declaro, Accountant Barabara de Jesus, Budget Officer JoselineMadera and MARPO Alona Albances.

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ILOILO CITY-The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently forged an agreement with the Ateneo de Davao University–Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ADDU-ISEDI) to enhance sugar block farming and improve the production and income of… Read More..

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