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DAR conducts Strategic Planning for 2017 – 2022: Ka Paeng calls for the implementation of GAR

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 28 2016Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano led the assessment of the previous administration’s accomplishments on agrarian reform to assist DAR Directors in crafting the new vision, mission and core values of the department. 

“The mission, vision and core values will be our guide in fulfilling our work in the department. And should the genuine agrarian reform program be enacted, these shall also be our guide in implementing it in the next six years,” Ka Paeng said.

Ka Paeng called on his central and Regional Directors to strategize on how to improve the implementation of agrarian reform program in the country. 

During the plenary and focus group discussion, the participants were able to identify the internal and external drivers and barriers of the DAR, which either helped or hindered in the achievements of its targets. 

The DAR Directors also identified opportunities for improvements to further enhance the implementation of the DAR’s major final outputs, support to operations projects, priority programs and management accountability.

At the strategic planning, Mariano shared with the DAR his thrusts and policy directives to the participants.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 28 2016

“The department’s priority thrusts and policy direction is geared towards protecting and ensuring the security of tenure of the farmer-beneficiaries of the program,” Mariano said.

Mariano stressed that DAR should lead in the breaking up of control and monopoly of agricultural lands of the few landowners and foreign corporations to put an end to feudal and semi-feudal exploitations of the farmers.

The DAR, at present, has drafted a law intended to push for the genuine agrarian reform program, which include among others the distribution of agricultural lands for free, or at very least cost, to the farmers. Its salient features also include the provision of social and historical justice to farmers, provision of support services, strengthening of the spirit of cooperativism to create productivity, increase farmer’s income and transform them into vibrant and efficient producers.

For his final message, the Secretary directed the DAR managers to implement agrarian reform laws to aid in farmer’s rights and welfare. 

news reg 1 pix 3 sept. 28 2016The strategic planning was conducted on September 19-21 at the Punta Villa Resort in Iloilo City. (Rosemarie S. Lomibao)

Photo 1: The Regional Directors with Ka Paeng (left) during one of the workshops.

Photo 2: Secretary Rafael Mariano briefs the officials from the central and regional offices on the new thrusts and policy directions of the department. 

Photo 3: DAR participants from the central and regional offices.


"Ka Paeng" in Iloilo

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 21 2016Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael 'Ka Paeng' Mariano today briefs the officials from the central and regional offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on the new thrusts and policy directions of the DAR emphasizing on the role of the department to ensure and protect the security of tenure of its farmer beneficiaries and at the same time promote their rights and welfare to contribute to rural economy.

This developed during the 2016-2017 Strategic Planning conducted by the DAR in Iloilo attended by all officials of the department. 


DAR-CSO link arms to conduct paralegal training in Negros Occ

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 20 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental recently conducted a three-day paralegal training and workshop with various Civil Society Organizations to harmonize the understanding and interpretation of DAR and CSOs with regard to the administrative orders, issuances, guidelines and policies relative to the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Federation of Free Farmers (FFF)-Negros Occidental Chapter President Mike Baylon said the paralegal training and workshop, held at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was a result of the agreement during the series of consultative dialogues conducted last month with different CSO leaders in southern portion of Negros Occidental.

“We very much appreciate the DAR for implementing this training because of the enlightenment it provided us and it served as a proper venue to resolve different issues and concerns which usually caused misinterpretation between both parties,” Baylon said.

He also added that for almost 10 years serving as chairman of FFF, among all government agencies only the DAR-Negros Occidental initiated the said training which only reflected the honest and sincere intention of the department to create a harmonious environment with all CSOs.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Lucrecia S. Taberna said the recently held training, held at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, was the first batch and attended by District 6 participants, which are composed of Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers and CSO officers, from the cities ofKabankalan and Sipalay and the municipalities of Candoni, Cauayan, Hinoba-an, and Ilog.

“The second batch and third batch will be participated by District 5 and District 4 CSOs and MARPOs, respectively,” Taberna added.

Taberna said the training and workshop apparently shows that a stronger relationship between the DAR and CSOs are shaping. “This bond would definitely benefit our farmer-beneficiaries because the DAR and CSO would render their services to them harmoniously,” she added.

Among the participants from CSOs who attended and who will be attending the training are Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP); Damayan ng Manggagawa, Magsasaka  at Mangingisda sa Bansa (DAMMMBA), Inc.; Kaisahan tungo sa Kaunlarang Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan, Inc.; Movement for Agrarian and Rural Development Democratic Association Labor of Organization (MARA-DALO); Paghida-et sa Kauswagan Development Group, Inc. (PDG); National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW); Task Force Mapalad (TFM); Alternative Center for Empowerment of Rural Poor (ACERP); Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) and Federation of Free Farmers (FFF). (Drexel Glen Pajarilla)


Negrense farmers oriented on the genuine agrarian reform bill

news reg 2 pix  1 sept. 10 2016BACOLOD CITY (Sept. 10, 2016)—More than 300 farmers listened to agrarian reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and DAR lawyer Joebert Pahilga impart to them the salient points of the genuine agrarian reform bill (GARB).

Mariano said the department badly needs a new agrarian reform law that is pro-farmers. “My foremost objective of protecting and defending the rights of farmers are contained in this bill.”

“I am convinced that if GARB will be enacted or a “retooled” agrarian reform program will be made, the DAR has a sound and viable program for sustained rural development,” Mariano added.news reg 2 pix 2 sept. 10 2016

The GARB is filed in the House of Representative under House Bill 555.

Photo 1 & 2: Secretary Rafael Mariano and Atty. Joebert Pahilga explaining to farmers the merits of the genuine agrarian reform bill.

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