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DAR Eastern Visayas celebrates 30 years of CARP, opens agraryo-trade fair

news reg 2 pix 1 june 14 2018.jpegThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas recently opened a mini-agraryo-trade fair in its regional office compound in Tacloban City to commemorate 30 years of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the county.

The four-day trade fair highlights the celebration showcasing the growth of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from ordinary tillers to enterprising ARB organizations (ARBOs).

All five DAR provincial offices in Eastern Visayas were provided a booth for ARBOs products ranging from agricultural to handicrafts and processed foods.news reg 2 pix 2 june 14 2018.jpeg

Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the DAR has provided more than 219,000 ARBs throughout the region with certificates of land-ownership award (CLOAs), while more than 413 agrarian reform beneficiaries organization (ARBOs) were organized into associations or cooperatives during the 30 years of CARP implementation.

Assistant Regional Director for Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) Ismael Aya-ay,on the other hand, said that DAR has provided ARBs through the years with various support services such as infrastructure, common service facilities, trainings and facilitation of credit assistance.

news reg 2 pix 3 june 14 2018.jpegHe further disclosed that four processed food products produced by ARBOs in Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar can now be sold on a larger scale after recently obtaining license to operate from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

These products include “Banana Chips” by Omaganhan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Tabango, Leyte; “Imbotido” by LIBERCON Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Hilongos, Leyte; “Pancit Canton” (squash and malunggay flavors) produced by San Roque Farmers Association in Daram, Samar; and “Cassava Chips” (sweet blend and garlic flavors) by ESEP ARC Cooperative in Salcedo, Eastern Samar.

On June 10, 1988, then President Corazon Aquino signed Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) to look after the welfare of the landless farmers and farmworkers to receive the highest consideration to promote social justice and to move the nation towards sound rural development and industrialization.news reg 2 pix 4 june 14 2018.jpeg

To commemorate the 30 years of implementation, the DAR kicked-off the four-day celebration thru motorcade around the city to express gratitude from the support and contribution of various government agencies and non-government organizations the DAR received during the past three decades.

This year’s celebration theme is “CARP@30:DARe2change Pagbabalik tanaw sa 3 dekada ng repormang agraryo patungo sa ikalawang yugto ng pagbabago”. (By Jose Alsmith Soria) 

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DAR Region VIII now ISO 9001:2015 certified

news reg 1 pix 1 may 21 2018TACLOBAN CITY – Monday, May 21 is a special day to all officers and employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Region VIII as the office was conferred it's ISO 9001:2015 certification.

The conferment of ISO 9001:2015 was handed over in a ceremony held at DAR Region VIII office in Tacloban City by Norlito M. Suelo, GIC of the Certificating Body and was accepted by Regional Director Atty. Sheila B. Enciso.

As ISO 9001:2015 certified, DAR VIII has already proven its ability to provide support services consistently to its customers, the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). 

In his welcome address, Asst. Reg. Dir. Ismael P Aya-ay recognized the efforts and contributions of all DAR employees in the area.

“Pinaghirapan namin ito. It’s not as easy as eating a pie,” Aya-ay pointed out as he recalled the difficult tasks they had gone through.

“Thank you for your contributions, no matter how big and small,” he added.

The conferment also manifested the undying resolve of the men and women of DAR Region VIII to pursue the objectives of the agrarian reform program of the government in the area, despite the devastations it suffered during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

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Tacloban City and most parts of Region VIII were among the areas wrecked by “Yolanda’s” fury, killed thousands of residents and destroyed infrastructures and sources of livelihood of the people.

After the ruins, DAR Region VIII was able to put into operation applicable statutory and regulatory requirements as the main implementing agency in the region of the agrarian reform program of the government.

In his pre-conferment message, Suelo said he is happy to confer the certification to DAR Region VIII as he recognized DAR’s dedication to satisfy the needs of its clients.

Suelo said DAR Region VIII is among the more than 1 million institutions certified as ISO 9001:2015 compliant worldwide.

He added that all government agencies, particularly those in the executive branch are encouraged to adopt ISO 9001:2015 to enhance public service and performance.

Reg. Dir. Enciso gladly accepted the award as he thanked the personnel for their efforts and contributions.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 21 2018All our efforts have been paid,” Enciso emphasized, adding that all the employees accepted and faced the challenges, provided support to and help each other to achieve such milestone.

She said changes in the kind of services they provide to their clients became visible since 2015 when the quest to attain ISO 9001:2015 commenced.

“During office hours we performed our duties and responsibilities. We made our offices habitable and conducive for work to satisfy our clients,” Enciso added.

She also recognized the determination, will, and power of section and division heads and top officials of DAR Region VIII.

The ceremony was also witnessed by representatives from DAR Central Office led by Director Leomides R. Villareal of Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) and Director Susana Serrano of ARCDS.

Dir. Serrano said DAR Region VIII is the first DAR regional office to be conferred with ISO 9001:2015.

news reg 1 pix 4 may 21 2018With the accomplishment, Serrano said DAR Region VIII now faces an obligation, and that is to set the trend to other regional offices to pursue ISO certification.

For his part, Dir. Villareal lauded DAR Region VIII for reaching such landmark as he made an assurance of the continued support of PAMRS to its programs and activities.

“We will tell everyone of this achievement. PAMRS will use every news platform and the social media to inform one and all of the milestones you achieved,” Villareal said.

Representatives from DAR Region XII, representing DAR North Cotabato headed by Asst. Reg. Director Marion Y. Abella, CESO V, and Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator Atty. Henry Gelacio were also present during the conferment.

DAR North Cotabato in Region XII received its conferment for ISO 9001:2015 last March 24, 2017.

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DAR installed Ormoc farmers on land deprived to them for 20 years

news regl 1 pix 1 may 17 2018ORMOC CITY—It was a day of jubilation and relief for nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) after confronting 20 long years of struggle to finally till the land awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

This came after the DAR has finally succeeded in installing them to three landholdings previously owned by Rustico Capahi.

“Nalipay lang ko nga makabalik ko sa akong gitrabaho nga yuta.” (I’m just happy to be back to the lot I was tilling.)

These were the words uttered by 66-year old farmer Clemente Arnaiz, as he broke into tears when the writ of execution was read to them by Sheriff Joseph Catingub on April 24.

The writ of execution issued by Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla is a legal document that ordered the installation of the nine ARBs to the landholdings that were awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).news reg 1 pix 2 may 17 2018

DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso said Arnaiz, together with the eight other ARBs received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) two decades ago but were deprived of entry by the previous landowner. Enciso said they were farmworkers in said landholdings.

“Through the years, we have made several attempts to install them but failed because of the persistent resistance of the landowner to follow the CARP,” said Enciso.

On April 24, with the support of KAISAHAN, a non-government organization assisting the farmers, the 20 years of waiting ended when the nine ARBs were finally installed peacefully into their awarded lots.

Enciso, assisted by Badilla, led the physical installation of the ARBs to the three Capahi-landholdings situated in Barangay Sabang Bao in this city following an agreement reached between the DAR management and the previous landowner.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 17 2018According to Enciso, the landowner asked the DAR management to allow them to choose their retention area as stated under the law, among others.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Perpetua Sabaldan, who took charge of the installation activities, disclosed that another 26 actual tillers in the three landholdings, with an aggregate area of 16 hectares, were likewise identified as potential beneficiaries.

Sabaldan likewise disclosed that in September last year, 39 other ARBs were also installed into eight landholdings situated in Barangay Balion with a combined area of 36.8 hectares. The properties were also owned by the Capahis.

This season, Enciso told the farmers, “you can already start tilling your respective areas,” but reminded them not to forget their obligations to pay the tax as the owners now of the land. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria, Information Officer)

Photo 1: DAR officials headed by Regional Director Sheila Enciso (seated by the table, second from right) brief the ARBs prior to the latter’s physical installation to the Capahi landholdings.news reg 1 pix 4 may 17 2018

Photo 2: Sheriff Joseph Catingub reads the writ of execution ordering the installation of the nine ARBs into the three landholdings previously owned by the Capahis.

Photo 3: ARB Clemente Arnaiz (extreme right) with other agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) listen intently to the instructions of DAR officials before they were physically installed to the former Capahi landholdings in Barangay Sabang Bao, Ormoc City.

Photo 4: Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Perpetua Sabaldan facilitating the peaceful installation of ARBs.

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320 Eastern Samar farmers receive land titles from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 april 19 2018SAN JULIAN, Eastern Samar – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones on Monday, April 16 facilitated the release of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 320 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from various towns in Eastern Samar province.

The distribution activity was led by Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of Field Operations Office (FOO) together with Director Leomides R. Villareal of the Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS), DAR Region VIII Director Sheila B. Enciso, San Julian Mayor Dennis Estaron, Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Gilberto Apilado.

“You are now landowners,” declared Bello as he asked the ARBs not to sell or lease their newly acquired lands.news reg 1 pix 2 april 19 2018

Bello said President Duterte has mandated the DAR to fast-track the processing and release of CLOAs and the provision of support programs and services to the ARBs.

He also thanked the DAR personnel of region VIII and Eastern Samar for the release of the CLOAs to the farmers.

“Ako ay nabahagian ng lupa para sa kasiguraduhan ko sa lupang aking sinasaka. Tumanda na akong magsasaka at wakas ay natanggap ko na din ang matagal ko nang inaasam,” said 60-year old beneficiary Remedios Guajana.

Guajana said she has been tilling her farm for years and thanked the Duterte administration for the release of her land title.

She also expressed gratitude to DAR as support programs and services are set to be implemented in the area to boost their farm productions and lift their economic status through farming.

DAR distributed a total 614.6 hectares of agricultural land in Eastern Samar on Monday.

news reg 1 pix 3 april 19 2018Data provided by DAR Region VIII revealed that of the total land areas distributed, 354.3 hectares are located in the municipality of San Julian; 76.5 hectares in Maydolong; 33.8 hectares in Dolores; 32.3 hectares in Lawaan; 27.7 hectares in Giporlos; 22.8 hectares in Salcedo; 19.2 hectares in Quinapondan; 19 hectares in Balangiga; 18.7 hectares in Can-avid; 6.4 hectares in Borongan; and 3.9 hectares in Balangkayan.

In his message, Mayor Estaron thanked DAR for making San Julian town the venue of the CLOA distribution.

Estaron also recognized the support services of DAR to the farmers in San Julian especially on the provision of support services to include agricultural warehouses and farm-to-market roads. 

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Region VIII News

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DAR Eastern Visayas celebrates 30 years of CARP, opens…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas recently opened a mini-agraryo-trade fair in its regional office compound in Tacloban City to commemorate 30 years of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the… Read More..
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DAR Region VIII now ISO 9001:2015 certified

TACLOBAN CITY – Monday, May 21 is a special day to all officers and employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Region VIII as the office was conferred it's ISO 9001:2015 certification. The conferment of ISO 9001:2015 was handed over in a ceremony… Read More..
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DAR installed Ormoc farmers on land deprived to them for 20…

ORMOC CITY—It was a day of jubilation and relief for nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) after confronting 20 long years of struggle to finally till the land awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).This came after the DAR has finally… Read More..
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320 Eastern Samar farmers receive land titles from DAR

SAN JULIAN, Eastern Samar – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of Secretary John R. Castriciones on Monday, April 16 facilitated the release of certificates of land ownership… Read More..

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