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DAR’s Agrarian Legal Service holds National Conference on Social Justice

news reg 1 pix 1 december 4 2018Mandurriao, Iloilo City - Agrarian law experts and personnel of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) converge in this city for a four-day national conference to discuss and address issues and concerns to promote social justice in the second phase of the comprehensive agrarian reform program. 

Legal Affairs Office Undersecretary Atty. Luis Meinrado Pangulayan, who spearheads the event, told the participants that social justice is the equalization of the social and economic forces by the state. 

“Most of the poor are those under the bondage of soil. We need to give land to the landless,” Pangulayan said.

Pangulayan said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the DAR to distribute all government-owned lands to the farmers. 

“We’ve submitted to Malacanang the executive order which features the continuous coverage of lands whether they are public domain, government-owned, or privately owned, which resumes the issuance of notices of coverages to landowners,” Pangulayan said.

The undersecretary added that they also proposed to remove the 6% interest per annum in the amortization of the farmers.

Broadening the support services to the agrarian farmer beneficiaries is also included in the second phase of agrarian reform.news reg 1 pix 2 december 4 2018

“The DAR would not just boost the agricultural and economic lives of our farmers, their other needs would also be covered such as their education, health, and shelter, among others,” Pangulayan explained.

He also revealed that another component of the bill includes a more defined provision on agrarian law implementation, reconciling conflicting laws and defining the role of judiciary in the implementation of agrarian reform.

Pangulayan said that the DAR would also have an Agrarian Reform Justice on Wheels, a concept where the DAR would travel to the rural communities to resolve agrarian disputes. 

The National Conference will be held until December 6, 2018 in District 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

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DAR to empower Boracay’s Ati

news reg 1 pix 1 november 14 2018Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones said the executive agency would extend support services to the indigenous people of Boracay Island who recently received agricultural lands from the government.

The land titles covering a total of 3.2064 hectares, which were personally handed by President Rodrigo Duterte, were given to 44 members of the Ati group under collective ownership.

“We will be providing the farmer-beneficiaries with planting tools and implements to maximize their efficiency when it comes to productivity,” Sec. Castriciones said.

He added that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) would soon provide various trainings to help develop the land and uplift the economic lives of the Ati.

Community leader Delsa Justo, who received the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) in behalf of the group, said they will take care of the land for their children and the future generations of Ati.

Aside from the Ati, Sec. Castriciones said that the DAR is also eyeing to distribute lands to the Tumandok who lives on some of the wetlands in the island.

“I have already made the necessary coordination with Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu so that they would be able to develop and preserve the land,” Sec. Castrciones said.news reg 1 pix 2 november

Along with the distribution of CLOAs to the Ati, 439 farmers from the towns of Buruanga, Tanggalan, and Malay, Aklan, also received land titles, covering a total of 270.8288 hectares, from the President. 

Photo 1: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones addresses his message to the agrarian reform beneficiaries during the land distribution program.

Photo 2: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones awards a land title to Ati leader Delsa Justo. Also in the photo are other members of the indigenous people. 

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Ati people receive Boracay land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 november 12 2018Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan-  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte kept his promise to implement land reform in Boracay Island when he led the distribution of six Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) to 44 members of Aklan’s indigenous people on November 8, 2018 at Barangay Manoc Manoc Covered Court, Malay, Aklan.

Duterte told the Ati group to take care of the awarded lands. “Till the land, make it productive so that you, your children and your grandchildren are assured of a quality life,” he said. 

“Huwag kayong magpasalamat sa akin, magpasalamat kayo sa Diyos (Do not thank me, thank God),” Duterte added.

The new Ati landowners received a total of 3.2064 hectares of agricultural lands. These land titles are under collective ownership following the indigenous people’s tradition of preserving the property.

Community leader Delsa Justo received the CLOAs in behalf of the group. “Nagpapasalamat po kami kay Pangulong Duterte, pinadala siya ng Panginoon para tulungan kami. Aalagaan namin ang lupa dahil ito ang ipapamana namin sa aming mga anak at susunod na henerasyon (We thank President Duterte. He was sent by God to help us. We will take care of these lands for our children and the future generations),” Justo said.

She said that their people was the first residents in Boracay. But they had been forced to migrate within the island because of other claimants. She now hopes for a peaceful installation to the awarded lands.news reg 1 pix 2 november 12 2018

Along with the distribution of CLOAs to the Atis, Duterte also awarded CLOAs to 439 farmers from Buruanga, Tanggalan, and Malay, Aklan  which covered a total of 270.8288 hectares. 

Photo 1: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones awards a land title to Ati leader Delsa Justo. Also in the photo are other members of the indigenous people. 

Photo 2: Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones in discussion with Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. 

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