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128 Bohol farmers now proud owners of lands they till

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 18 2018TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The long wait is over as hope moved towards the lives of 128 Boholano farmers who received their individual certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a turn-over ceremony held at Dao Diamond Hotel in this city on Thursday, January 18.

“Wala ko nagdahom nga matinuod ni. Kaniadto mga pasalig lang nga mahatagan mig titulo. Ning bag-o lang nakadungod ko nga gipapaspasan ni Presidente Duterte ang proseso aron marelease ang mga CLOA. Abi kog parehas ra sa mga saad niadto. Tinuod gyud diay (I did not expect this will come true. There were promises before that land titles will be released to us. Recently, I heard that President Duterte ordered to fast-track the processing of CLOAs. I thought it was just another promise. It came out to be true)” said Crispiniano Fuerzas, 54, married with two children from Barangay Maitum, Catigbian, Bohol.

Fuerzas was among the 128 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who received his CLOA last Thursday here. Filled with gladness, he expressed gratitude to the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the land title he now possesses.

Another farmer-beneficiary, Anecito Granaderos, 57, married with six children from Barangay Mahayag, San Miguel town said he has been farming the more than one hectare of land for more than 20 years.

It is only during the administration of President Duterte and the present leadership of DAR that he is assured of land ownership, he added.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 18 2018

The CLOA distribution was led by Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of DAR Field Operations Office who represented Secretary Castriciones together with Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), Director Alejandro S. Otacan of DAR Region 7 and PARPO II Grace B. Fua of DAR Bohol Province.

Other DAR officials in Region 7 and Bohol province present during the ceremony include Asst. Reg. Dir. Eliasem P. Castillo and PARAD DAR Bohol chief Atty. Nellie S. Canillas.

Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto also graced the ceremony and called on the ARBs to develop fully their landholdings.

The governor also recognized the contributions of DAR to the overall efforts of the provincial government of Bohol to bring down the poverty incidence in the area.

Landlessness and land problems, Chatto said, are among the root causes of poverty and conflicts in Bohol.

The CLOAs distributed covered around 103.5351 hectares of land in various municipalities in Bohol Province.

The towns include Carmen with 8.2725 hectares covered; Catigbian with 17.4924 hectares; Getafe with 5.4217 and 19.5585 hectares; Danao with 12.3711 hectares; Pilar with 13.6240 and 2.1319 hectares; San Miguel with 0.4473 and 8.2445 hectares; Sierra Bullones with 5.6982 hectares; and Guindulman with 10.2730 hectares.

news reg 1 pix 3 jan. 18 2018Bello lauded the efforts of the officials and employees of DAR in Bohol for the fast processing and the release of CLOAs and emphasized the impact of their exertions to the lives of the 128 ARBs.

He also reiterated the rallying point of President Duterte’s mandate to DAR, and that is to accelerate the processing and release of individual land titles to the poor farmers.

Earlier this month, Secretary John R. Castriciones cited the 92-percent accomplishment of DAR last year, describing such feat as an outstanding one.

The new DAR chief vowed to pursue the department’s cause to uplift the lives of poor farmers in the country.

Villareal, for his part, reminded the ARBs that aside from CLOA distribution, DAR is also mandated to provide the beneficiaries with support programs and services that will help them develop their farms and improve their lives, while PARPO Fua thanked the landowners who allowed their lands to be covered under the agrarian reform program of the government.

“Let us give thanks to President Duterte for the continuation of the land reform program. This is the reason why you receive your land titles today,” Director Otacon said.news reg 1 pix 4 jan. 18 2018

He added that there were attempts in the past to stop of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) but the present administration decided to proceed with the land reform and distribution programs.

“We will continue with the program. We have the support of the President,” Otacan pointed out.

Photos 1 and 4: 128 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the province of Bohol received their land titles during the distribution ceremony held in Tagbilaran City on Thursday, January 18. The event was graced by DAR Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello, Governor Edgar M. Chatto, Director Leomides R. Villareal, Director Alejandro S. Otacan and PARPO Grace B. Fua.

Photo 2: Usec. Karlo S. Bello of field operations office represented DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones during the distribution of land titles to 128 farmers in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on Thursday, January 18.

Photo 3: Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto graced the distribution of land titles to 128 agrarian reform beneficiaries held on Thursday, January 18 in Tagbilaran City.

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19 farmers in Cebu thank Pres. Duterte for new land titles

news reg 2 pix 1 dec. 8 2017CEBU CITY – After years of dreaming to own the farms they till, 19 farmers from the towns of Ronda, Alcantara, Badian, and Barili, Cebu now realized their aspirations after receiving 21 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The farmers expressed appreciation to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong for the fulfillment of their dreams.  

The covered landholdings involved a total land area of 21.2299 hectares, covering some areas of barangays Tupas, Ronda, Candabong, Solagmaya and Calanglang of Badian town and barangay Cagay and Patupat in Barili, Cebu province. 

OIC-Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Elvira B. Bation, who led the distribution of CLOAs encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to be active in their respective organizations to avail the support programs and services of DAR.

“Make your lands productive and become part of the continuing effort of the government on food security,” Bation said.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Nestor Castro, on the other hand, reminded the farmers of their rights and obligations to their newly-acquired lands.

DAR has also provided the beneficiaries with support services that include training programs, construction, and rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities and access to basic social services to boost their capabilities.

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DAR chief to PARCCOM chairpersons: “Report illegal land conversion in your areas”

news reg 2 pix 1 nov. 23 2017CEBU CITY (Nov. 22, 2017)—Chairpersons of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committees (PARCCOMs) in the country were asked to be vigilant and report cases of illegal land conversions in their areas.

“Report illegal land conversions in your areas,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong told the PARCCOM heads during the three-day 2017 national assessment here in Cebu City.

Bistoyong who is the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Executive Committee (PARC Excom) Chairman said the illegal conversion of agri-lands to commercial and others use has limited the production of food for the country.

“Because of massive illegal conversion, we are now having problems on food security. Agricultural lands are decreasing so fewer lands are farmed for food production and livestock raising,” she said.

Bistoyong also stressed the need for agencies of the government, namely DAR, departments of agriculture (DA), interior local government (DILG), land use regulatory board (HLURB), the local government units to harmonize procedures on reclassification of lands, ensuring that in the process, the prime agricultural lands are preserved and lands devoted to other purposes can be properly delineated in accordance with approved land use plans.

“Procedures have to be streamlined so that meaningful development can be pursued side by side with preservation of prime agricultural lands for food security,” Bistoyong explained.

Bistoyong said that in the process of land conversion, large landholdings are removed from CARP coverage. She urged the PARCCOM chairpersons to be vigilant in their coordination and monitoring of programs and policies in implementing agrarian reform in their areas.

“As PARCCOM chairpersons, help us implement the State mandate on agrarian reform so that social justice will prevail,” said Bistoyong.

PARCCOM is the provincial counterpart of the PARC Executive Committee (ExCom) and the partners of the PARC Secretariat. They are tasked with the coordination and monitoring of the programs and activities implemented by the agrarian reform program implementing agencies at the field level.

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PARCCOM chairpersons urged to persevere to uplift farmers’ rights, welfare

news reg 2 pix 1 nov. 21 2017CEBU CITY (Nov. 21, 2017)—Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan urged the Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) chairpersons to work harder for the advancement of farmers’  rights and welfare.

Pangulayan is currently with the PARCCOM chairpersons for their annual national conference to assess their 2017 accomplishments and to plot their work plan for 2018.

In the conference, he stressed the important role of PARC and its chairpersons in promoting and implementing agrarian policies and laws.

“Our PARCCOM chairpersons regularly meet to deliberate problems and issues concerning agrarian reform. They formulate necessary legislations and policies for recommendation to the PARC,” explained Pangulayan.

He said the PARC during the previous administrations did not meet for about 10 years. It was last Sept. 12, 2017 when President Rodrigo Duterte convened the PARC in Malacanang.

“The PARC is the highest policy-making body for agrarian reform in the country. If it is idle, the agrarian reform program will not move forward and our farmers will remain poor and unjustly treated,” Pangulayan said.

The PARCCOM is the provincial counterpart of the PARC Executive Committee (ExCom) and the partners of the PARC Secretariat. They are tasked with the coordination and monitoring of the programs and activities implemented by the agrarian reform program implementing agencies at the field level.

PARCCOM Members are composed of representatives from sectors of landowners, farmer-beneficiaries, farmers’ organizations, cooperatives, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations. It is also has as members comprising of one representative each from the Departments of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The National Conference of PARCCOM Chairperson is being held at Elizabeth Hotel in Cebu City from Nov. 20-22, 2017. 

Photo : Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan delivering his message for the PARCCOM chairpersons and members.

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Region VII News

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128 Bohol farmers now proud owners of lands they till

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The long wait is over as hope moved towards the lives of 128 Boholano farmers who received their individual certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a turn-over ceremony held at Dao Diamond Hotel in this city on Thursday,… Read More..
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19 farmers in Cebu thank Pres. Duterte for new land titles

CEBU CITY – After years of dreaming to own the farms they till, 19 farmers from the towns of Ronda, Alcantara, Badian, and Barili, Cebu now realized their aspirations after receiving 21 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of… Read More..
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DAR chief to PARCCOM chairpersons: “Report illegal land…

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PARCCOM chairpersons urged to persevere to uplift farmers’…

CEBU CITY (Nov. 21, 2017)—Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan urged the Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) chairpersons to work harder for the advancement of farmers’ rights and… Read More..

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