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DAR conducts consultative meeting with the MARPOs of Iloilo

news reg 2 pix 1 august  11 2018August 10, 2018, Iloilo City -Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones yesterday conducted a consultation meeting with the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) of Iloilo relative to the plans and target of the province.

Castriciones said that MARPOs play a vital role in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation, specifically in the resolution of cases involving landowners and farmer-beneficiaires of CARP. 

He reminded them of their role to monitor if the awarded agricultural lands are still in the possession of the farmer beneficiaries and to report immediately if there are reversion of lands distributed to them by the government by reasons of unlawful sale, transfer, mortgage, purchase or conveyance of Certificates of Land Ownership Award {CLOAs} acquired by farmer-beneficiaries through CARP.

“All MARPOs should closely monitor all CLOA holders, even in far-flung barangays. You should visit them and if you duscover that they are not the one's tilling their lands or they are no longer cultivating their lots, you should file cases to get back those lands, “ Castriciones said.

“Let us show them that we mean business and we are serious in helping our farmers and farm workers. We cannot allow the situation to continue where the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. We will file cases of reversion of CLOAs back to DAR.”

As the lands are reverted back to DAR and re-distributed to those who are sincere in tilling the lands, the buyers of the lands will eventually lose their interest and investments as they cannot have recourse to the courts of law since under the law, there is a 10-year prohibition for farmers to dispose of their awarded lands.

Specifically. under Republic Act No. 6657, or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, (CARL), lands acquired by farmer-beneficiaries through CARP, cannot be sold, transferred or conveyed except through hereditary succession, or to the government, or to LBP, or to other qualified beneficiaries for a period of ten {10} years. 

“You must be faithful in the performance of your job,”Castriciones ended even if he was assured that the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office of ILOILO has committed to the Secretary to distribute a target of 1000-ha for this year's land distribution component of CARP.

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Consultation meeting

news reg 1 pix 1 august  11 2018August 11, 2018, Iloilo City -Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones (holding microphone) yesterday conducted a consultation meeting with the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) of Iloilo relative to the plans and targets of the province. MARPOs play vital role in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Implementation, specifically in the resolution cases involving landowners and farmer-beneficiaires of CARP. 

#AgrarianReform #DAR4Farmers #Land4Farmers #ComfortableLifeForAll #PartnerForChange #CARP@30:DARe2Change

DAR intervenes to resolve Sicogon Island dispute

news reg 1 pix 1 august 10 2018Iloilo City -Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones yesterday conducted a dialogue with representatives from Federation of Sicogon Island Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA), Buaya Farmers and Fisherfolks Association (BUFFA), Uswag Association Homeowners Association (USWAGON HOA),  Option 1 takers, and the Ayala Land Inc.(ALI)  to settle a dispute arising from the construction of a world-class tourist destination in Sicogon Island, Iloilo City. 

Castriciones led the DAR delegates together with Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Office (LAO) Atty. Luis Meinrado C. Pangulayan, OIC -Director of Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance (BALA) Atty. Robert Anthony P. Yu,  Director Legal Service/Public Assistance and Media Relations Service Atty. Resty C. Osias, Director Rolando Cua and Regional Director Eugene P. Follante.news reg 1 pix 2 august 10 2018

The dialoque was held to resolve the issue raised by the President of the FESIFFA Raul Ramos to revoke the land conversion order due to a breach of contract and the claim that project developer Ayala Land Inc. and private landowners' group Sicogon Development Corp. (SIDECO) have not built the 30-hectare relocation site for residents who will be displaced by the project. 

Castriciones clarified to both groups the compromise and framework of agreement that they have entered into.

Senior Vice President of Ayala Land Inc. Jose Jalandoni assured the groups that they will honor their commitment and spend more money for the benefit of the farmers.

Castriciones assured both groups that the interest and rights of the agrarian reform beneficiaries will be protected.

news reg 1 pix 3 august 10 2018Ramos expressed his intention to resolve the issue on representation to the members of the FESIFFA.

Castriciones directed DAR Regional Office 6 Chief Legal, Provincial Chief Legal to attend a general assembly “unity meeting” in Sicogon Island on August 23, 2018 to draft a resolution indorsing who will be authorized in the negotiation of the joint venture with the Ayala Land Inc.

The agrarian reform beneficiaries entered into a compromise deal with ALI and Sideco November of 2014. Under the deal, the two companies agreed to set aside a 30-ha lot for resettlement housing, 38-million for livelihood projects,  76 million for the construction of amenities and land preparations for the residential site and donated a 40-ha for conventional farming.news reg 1 pix 4 august 10 2018

Sicogon island is located in Iloilo province, where property developer Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and landowners' group Sicogon Development Corp. (Sideco) will construct a world-class tourist destination.

Photo 1: Secretary John R. Castriciones hears the issues and concerns of the Buaya Farmers and Fisherfolks Association(BUFFA).

Photo 2: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones  with Federation of  Sicogon Island Farmers and Fisherfolks Association (FESIFFA) President Raul Ramos.

news reg 1 pix 5 august 10 2018Photo 3: Tribal war between FESIFFA President and BUFFA Chair was ended by shaking hands.

Photo 4: DAR hand in hand with Ayala land for the benefit of the Sicogon farmers. 

Photo 5: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones with the group from  ALI., FESIFFA, BUFFA, USWAGON HOA and Option 1 takers of President Duterte signature pose.

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DAR assures farmers to resolve Sicogon issue

news national 3 pix 1 august 9 2018Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones (center) with DAR lawyers today inspects the vicinity map of Sicogon Island before conducting a dialogue Iloilo City. Sicogon island is located in Iloilo province, where property developer Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and landowners' group Sicogon Development Corp. (Sideco) will construct a world-class tourist destination and where a group of farmers are allegedly going to be displaced. Both groups assured to resolve the issue in favor of the farmers group. 

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DAR conducts consultative meeting with the MARPOs of Iloilo

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DAR assures farmers to resolve Sicogon issue

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