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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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Agrarian community receives farm-to-market road

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 4 2017Farmers and residents of the agrarian reform community (ARC) of Lipata in Barotac Viejo in Iloilo recently received from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) the concreted 4.86-kilometer Sitio Nagpana-Sitio Proper, Lipata to San Geronimo farm-to-market road (FMR).

DAR Undersecretary for foreign-assisted projects Sylvia Mallari said the FMR project worth P32.7 million would benefit the farming families of 64 agrarian reform beneficiaries as well as the residents of Barotac Viejo. 

“The rough and hilly road is now passable. The concreted road now brings hope and big changes in the farmers’ way of living as their agri-products would now be easily transported to the markets,” said Mallari.

Farmers of the ARC said that it’s now easy to pass through the road even as it rains as the road has been already cemented.

Mallari said DAR will continue to propose projects to the community, to level up its standard of living. It is called connectivity road, a project to serve the community and cut short the problem in infrastructure.  “This is one of the three pillars of the department – the aim to provide a sustainable rural development,” Mallari said.

The turnover ceremony was led by Undersecretary Mallari and Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., together with Barotac Viejo Mayor Niel “Beng” C. Tupas III, DAR Regional Director Gideon A. Umadhay, Jr., Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Sally Ortega, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Nelida J. Gumban, Congressman Raul C. Tupas of the 5th District of Iloilo was represented by Engr. Harry Tupas and Mr. Isidro Engada, Punong Barangay Rene V. Bermejo, Chieftain Gregorio Eloserio, Kagawad Ney Barro and other barangay officials.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 4 2017

Governor Defensor said, the project benefits not only the town of Barotac Viejo but also the municipalities of San Rafael, Lambunao, Bingawan and Dumangas.

The FMR was implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) and was turned over to the local government of Barotac Viejo on August 25. (30)

Photo 1: The symbolic cutting of ribbon during the turn over of the concreting of  Sitio Nagpana-Sitio Proper, Lipata to San Geronimo Farm to Market Road was headed by Hon. Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and USEC Sylvia Mallari. Joining them are Barotac Mayor Niel  “Beng” Tupas III, Regional Director Gideon Umadhay,Jr.,  OIC-PARPO II Sally Ortega, MARPO Nelida Gumban and other barangay officials.

Photo 2: The signing of Certificate of Project Acceptance by Mayor Tupas and PARPO Ortega. Looking on is DAR Undersecretary Sylvia F. Mallari of the Foreign Assisted and Special Projects.

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DAR orders landlord, aide to stop eviction of farmers

inquirerThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has barred the administrator of a disputed property in Capiz province from evicting farmers occupying parts of the property for four months now.

In a 16-page order, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano barred the administrator of the Nemesio Tan estate, or those acting on his behalf, from “forcibly evicting” the agrarian reform beneficiaries.

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Sugar block farm project to benefit 1,600 Iloilo farmers

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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DAR orders landlord, aide to stop eviction of farmers

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has barred the administrator of a disputed property in Capiz province from evicting farmers occupying parts of the property for four months now.In a 16-page order, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano barred the… Read More..
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