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DAR field offices vows to accomplish targets

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 12 2017CEBU CITY (Jan. 12, 2017)—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and the Undersecretaries of the DAR signed today the 2017 performance contract of the department’s regional and provincial offices.

Mariano said the contracts contain each office’s strategic plans, directions and targets for 2017 to 2022. The third level officials from the field levels of each regions promise to commit to these targets with a signed contract. These contracts would be cascaded down to the DAR workforce for implementation.

“I am counting on their signed commitment that they would fulfill them to better serve our farmers and improve their economic lives,” said Mariano.

The performance contract was the final output of the just concluded “Harmonization and Unification for a Common Strategic Direction,” which was conducted to respond to changes in the DAR’s direction in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the introduction of the genuine agrarian reform program (GAR).

Mariano, together with the new officials of the DAR, elucidated to the bureaucracy his thrusts and policy directives for the department.

“Through this planning conference, we now have a common perspective and understanding on how the department shall move forward. Our efforts are unified and geared towards benefitting agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), non-ARBs and farmworkers,” Mariano said.news reg 1 pix 2 jan. 12 2017

Signing the contract with Mariano were Undersecretaries Marcos Risonar, Sylvia Mallari, Rosalina Bistoyong, David Erro and Luis Meinrado Pangulayan.

The planning conference was held at the Montebello Villa Hotel on Jan. 9-12, 2017. (pinky roque)

Photo 1: Secretary Rafael Mariano (seated center) and the Undersecretaries of the DAR signing the 2017 performance contract of the department’s regional and provincial offices. (seated L-R): Undersecretaries Sylvia Mallari, Rosalina Bistoyong, Marcos Risonar Jr., David Erro and Luis Meinrado Pangulayan. Standing behind the DAR officials are the DAR Region 7 officials headed by Regional Director Alejandro Otacan (3rd from right).

Photo 2: Sec. Mariano with the DAR central office officials and DAR Regional Directors. 





“Let us prosecute to the very end” -- DAR

news reg 2 pix 1 jan. 11 2017BANILAD, CEBU CITY (Jan. 11, 2017)—Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano today approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan to file cases and prosecute those found guilty of illegal and unlawful conversion of agricultural lands.

On this note, Pangulayan directed the legal officers of the department to proceed with the process of prosecution on cases involving illegal conversion of agricultural lands.

This came about during the “2017 Conference for the Third Level Officials” of the DAR where he presented the 2017 Agrarian Legal Service Operational directives.

“Between the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and the DAR, it is the latter that executes quasi-judicial power. The DAR accepts the building up of agrarian-related cases but ironically, it has no power to prosecute those found guilty of committing illegal and unlawful conversion of agricultural lands,” Pangulayan said.

To recognize the important role of the judiciary in the proper implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Pangulayan said the DAR would conduct a focus-group discussion with selected fiscals at the field levels.

“Later on, we will convene a national conference for all these fiscals to outline and discuss the delineation of functions between the DAR and DOJ in the process of land survey, issuance of clearance and cancellation of land titles specifically referring to the reclassification and conversion of agricultural lands to other uses such as residential, commercial and industrial use,” explained Pangulayan.

“The DAR has exclusive authority to approve and disapprove the conversion of agricultural lands. That’s why we must be very vigilant in preventing the premature conversion of agricultural lands. This may include the DAR being pro-active in the reclassification of lands, which at present is being done by the local government units (LGUs),” Pangulayan said.

He said cases involving illegal and unlawful conversion lands are being built up at the DAR but the department has no jurisdiction to prosecute those found guilty of illegal conversions.

Photo: Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan (standing, right) directed the legal officers to proceed with the process of prosecution on cases involving illegal conversion of agricultural lands while Secretary Rafael Mariano (in white shirt, seated) looks on.





DAR issues directives to advance land tenure services

news reg 1 pix 1 jan. 11 2017CEBU CITY (Jan. 11, 2016)—Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Marcos Risonar today issued directives to hasten and improve the land tenure services of the department.

“Land tenure is a major component of the agrarian reform program. As part of the DAR management team under Secretary Rafael Mariano, we deem it necessary that the land tenure services (LTS) improve so that the delivery of land acquisition and distribution (LAD) targets of the department is ensured,” Risonar said.

Risonar said, LTS is operationalized either through LAD or leasehold operations.

“LAD involves the redistribution of government and private agricultural lands to landless farmers and farm workers. It secures farmers' tenure, promotes social equity, and provides them with necessary productive resources needed to ensure their economic viability and productivity.

Leasehold operations, on the other hand, is the alternative non-land transfer scheme. It covers all tenanted agricultural lands such as those in the retained areas, not yet acquired for distribution under CARP, and those which may be validly covered under existing laws,” explained Risonar.

Under the directive, field operations offices of DAR are ordered to regularly update LTS databases and balances, set LTS targets, regularly monitor LTS field activities and strengthen working relationship with DAR’s co-partners in LTS.

“We are also creating a task force to speedup the installation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). This task force would ensure that ARBs are in their awarded lands and actually tilling them themselves,” Risonar said.

The directive was given during the crafting of the DAR’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. The planning conference is being held at the Montebello Villa Hotel on Jan. 9-13, 2017. (pinky roque)

Photo: Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Marcos Risonar explains to the third level officials his directives to hasten and improve the land tenure services of the department.


DAR’s strategy map

news reg  2 pix 1 jan. 10 2017BANILAD, CEBU CITY (Jan. 10, 2017)—DAR Undersecretary for Finance, Planning and Administrative Office David Erro presented the department’s strategy map to the third level officials of the DAR during the formulation of the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022.

“As part of the DAR management team under Secretary Rafael Mariano, we have prepared a strategy map which would serve as a guide in the crafting of each DAR regional offices’ strategic plans for the next six years,” Erro said.

According to Erro the DAR’s strategy map comprises Secretary Mariano’s major thrusts and policy directives to be cascaded to all DAR regional and provincial offices for execution.

“In a nut shell, the DAR’s strategy map would work around the Secretary’s primary policy directive of protecting farmers’ rights and their welfare. Under this [directive], the workforce of the department would do its best to implement projects and programs that would ensure the security of tenure of farmers, intensify land distribution, delivery of judicious agrarian justice and provision of support services,” explained Erro.

The third level officials of the DAR are the Bureau, Staff and Office Directors of the DAR central office, the Regional Directors, Assistant Directors, Adjudicators and the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers.

The planning conference is being held at the Montebello Villa Hotel on Jan. 9-13, 2017.

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DAR field offices vows to accomplish targets

CEBU CITY (Jan. 12, 2017)—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and the Undersecretaries of the DAR signed today the 2017 performance contract of the department’s regional and provincial offices.Mariano said the contracts contain each office’s strategic… Read More..
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“Let us prosecute to the very end” -- DAR

BANILAD, CEBU CITY (Jan. 11, 2017)—Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano today approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan to file cases and prosecute those found… Read More..
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DAR issues directives to advance land tenure services

CEBU CITY (Jan. 11, 2016)—Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Marcos Risonar today issued directives to hasten and improve the land tenure services of the department.“Land tenure is a major component of the agrarian… Read More..
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DAR’s strategy map

BANILAD, CEBU CITY (Jan. 10, 2017)—DAR Undersecretary for Finance, Planning and Administrative Office David Erro presented the department’s strategy map to the third level officials of the DAR during the formulation of the department’s strategic plans and… Read More..

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