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DAR turns over 3 ‘dream roads’ in Northern Samar

news reg 1 pix 1 aug. 23 2017BOBON, Northern Samar – Many did not believe these roads were going to be realized. This was the common story shared by the residents as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over three farm-to-market roads to the municipality of Bobon during its 154th founding anniversary.

DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso formally turned over to the local government unit (LGU) and to the recipient barangays the 1.5-kilometer all-weather Balukawe-Balat Balud road, the 1.7-kilometer concreted Salvacion-Balukawe road and the 1.1 concreted Trojillo-Calantiao road.

The three road projects, worth ₱28.2-million, were implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II) through a loan by the national government from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Barangay Balat Balud Chairman Jimmy Baldestoy disclosed that they used to pass Barangay Quezon to reach their village as there was no access road that goes straight to their place from the national highway.

Baldestoy narrated that from the town proper, the residents ride a motorcycle to go to Barangay Quezon. They will ride a boat to cross a river and then walk several meters more to reach the village, he added.

With the presence of the farm-to-market roads, the more than three-kilometer-trip is cut short by one kilometer making it more convenient and less expensive for the residents to travel around. Baldestoy stressed that the ₱60 total fare was reduced to ₱20.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Nida Abelido reminisced how residents in these barangays identified access roads as one of their priority needs during a consultation dialogue in the past.news reg 1 pix 2 aug 23 2017

Mayor Rene Celespara thanked DAR for helping them build the roads, a long-cherished dream especially for the residents of Barangay Balat Balud.

Enciso reminded the recipients to maintain the said roads in good condition for the next 10 years, otherwise, they will be shouldering the 60-percent share of the national government thereby converting the grant into a loan.

In the same occasion, DAR also distributed 26 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) covering 45.7 hectares of agricultural lands situated in the barangays of Magsaysay, J.P. Laurel, Trojillo and Calantiao to 25 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). (Jose alsmith Soria)

news reg 1 pix 3 aug 23 2017Photo 1: Bobon, Northern Samar Mayor Rene Celespara (left) and DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso (third from right) cut the ceremonial ribbon in Barangay Balat Balud, officially opening the Balukawe-Balat Balud, Salvacion-Balukawe and the Trojillo-Calantiao road to the public.

Photo 2: No one believed this road in Bobon, Northern Samar will be realized until DAR constructed three farm-to-market roads in different areas implemented under ARCP-II.

Photo 3: DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso hands over the certificate of landownership award (CLOA) to Barangay Calantiao Chairperson Nilda Sapatos as among the 25 agrarian reform beneficiaries of the land transfer program.

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Southern Leyte farmers receive P33.4-M road project from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 august 2 2017SILAGO, Southern Leyte, August 2, 2017 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) yesterday turned over to the Silago local government unit (LGU) the remaining farm-to-market road project to improve the lives of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Katipunan Agrarian Reform Community (ARC), Silago, Leyte.

DAR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Research Office David D. Erro led the turnover ceremony held in Barangay Katipunan transferring the management of the 4.21-kilometer all-weather road traversing from Junction Katipunan to Barangay Catmon to the Silago LGU.

Erro said the DAR, aside from providing lands to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), also provides support services projects like farm to market roads to increase the ARBs agricultural production and family income.

Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the PHP 33.498,898.00 total project cost of the 4.21 kilometers JNR Katipunan-Catmon road  shared by the local government unit  of Silago and the DAR under the third phase of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP III) grant.

Enciso said the Junction Katipunan to Catmon farm to market road was implemented to benefit a total of 583 agrarian reform beneficiaries and 40 other residents from neighboring barangays or a total of 623 residents in the area.

Enciso reminded the recipients to manage and maintain the infrastructure in good condition since it will be subjected for monitoring for 10 years.news reg 1 pix 2 august 2 2017

In her acceptance message, Mayor Pacita T. Almine thanked the DAR for the convenience and advantage that the project would bring to her town especially making the area accessible to other barangays and thus opening up other livelihood opportunities to the residents in the area.

A student representative belonging to the132 students of the Katipunan High School thanked the DAR and expressed their gratitude to the Silago LGU for implementing the road project and for continuously looking after their welfare by providing a straight and widened road where they can walk and travel conveniently.

news reg 1 pix 3 august 2 2017The turn-over ceremony was also attended by Gov. of Southern Leyte Damian G. Mercado represented by Efledo Hernandez, DPWH RO 08 Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon represented by Asst. District Engineer Allan Eway, DAR RO 08 Director III Ismael B. Ayaay, Southern Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Elisea B. Orapa, and Katipunan Barangay Captain Marcelo H. Almine.

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Farm business school launched in Biliran

news reg 1 pix 1 august 1 2017CAIBIRAN, Biliran--Not even a bad weather nor could a 6.5-magnitude earthquake stop the more than 30 farmer-members of three agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) from attending the launching of the first farm business school (FBS) established by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in this province, a day after a strong tremor was felt in Eastern Visayas. 

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Office Engr. Francisco Diloy explained that FBS is a season-long training with emphasis on marketing of farmers’ products. “For this training, a demo farm will be established at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Caibiran (NAMACA) Multi-Purpose Cooperative farm in Barangay Maurang for the application of what the participants will learn,” Diloy said.

Participants, according to him, will be obliged to attend 25 sessions that may last for six months. “It’s just like attending a regular school. But in this case, DAR brings the school near to the farmers,” he added.

FBS is in collaboration with the provincial and municipal agriculture offices, the local government unit and the interested ARBOs.

Provincial Agriculturist Jaime Casas disclosed that among the topics he will discuss in one of the sessions is “Good Agricultural Practices.”

Though farmers here are already producers of various crops, DAR still invited the East-West Seed Philippines to provide input on vegetable production to enhance farming methods in the area.news reg 1 pix 2 august 1 2017

NAMACA members Thelma Verutiao and Norma Verunque attended the FBS launching as they were interested to learn how they could increase their income.

Verutiao disclosed that they are already producing okra and onions in their yard for their family’s consumption only. She said she is interested to learn how they could earn from their garden for additional household income.

Other participants are members of the Bunga Agrarian Reform Cooperative and the Kapatagan Agrarian Reform Cooperative, based in adjacent towns, Cabucgayan and Culaba, respectively.

Lecturers from the DAR, provincial and municipal agriculture offices, East-West Seed Philippines and the farmer-participants agreed to meet every Friday for the sessions.

news reg 1 pix 3 august 1 2017Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Noel Salloman said they are expecting more participants when they start the first session, as according to those present, some failed to attend due to the strong quake experienced throughout the region. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)

Photo 1: Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Francisco Diloy explained the concept of Farm Business School (FBS) during its launching in Barangay Maurang, Caibiran, Biliran. With him in photo are (from left) chairman of the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Caibiran Multi Purpose Cooperative Edwin Lipalam, Chairman of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee Romeo Nacua and Provincial Agriculturist Jaime Casas supporting this project.

Photo 2: Norma Verunque, a member of the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Caibiran Multi-Purpose Cooperative brings her daughter just to be able to participate in the Farm Business School (FBS) launched by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), to learn more about marketing of their farm products.

Photo 3: More than 30 farmer-members of three agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) interested to participate in the FBS attended its launching in Barangay Maurang, Caibiran, Biliran.

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DAR turns over third farm-to-market road in Daram

PNADARAM, Samar, June 28 -- As the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commemorates this month the 29th year of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)said agency on Monday turned over to the local government unit its third and longest farm-to-market road project constructed in this island-municipality.

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DAR turns over 3 ‘dream roads’ in Northern Samar

BOBON, Northern Samar – Many did not believe these roads were going to be realized. This was the common story shared by the residents as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over three farm-to-market roads to the municipality of Bobon… Read More..
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Southern Leyte farmers receive P33.4-M road project from DAR

SILAGO, Southern Leyte, August 2, 2017 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) yesterday turned over to the Silago local government unit (LGU) the remaining farm-to-market road project to improve the lives of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in… Read More..
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Farm business school launched in Biliran

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DAR turns over third farm-to-market road in Daram

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