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Ormoc farmers excited on first harvest

piaTACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, Sept. 22 (PIA) – After 16 years of waiting, members of the Bugho Farmers Association (BFA) in Ormoc City are now excited for their first harvest come first week of October.      

Rosenda Apay, chairperson of the BFA, happily announced this as she thanked officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) during a dialogue held at the Palo chancery early this month.        

Apay, 56, thanked DAR that they were finally installed in June this year to their awarded lots in Barangay Matca-a under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) after 16 years of struggle.

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KAISAHAN lauds successful farmer installation in Ormoc

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 222016The KAISAHAN, a non-government organization supporting agrarian reform and rural development based in Quezon City commended the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the successful installation of farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Sumangga and Barangay Valencia, Ormoc City on June 20 and 21, 2016.

In a letter to the DAR Secretary, the top leadership of KAISAHAN led by Anthony Marzan said, “after numerous failed attempts caused by resistance and threats from the previous landowners, the farmer beneficiaries who were uninstalled were finally able to enter their awarded lands.”

The letter also said the farmer-beneficiaries can now till their lands because the DAR Provincial Office-Leyte has put an end to their 20-year land struggle with the former landowners.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 22 2016

The farmer beneficiaries of Barangay Sumangga and Valencia, Ormoc City received their titles in the form of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA), but had not been able to actually enter and cultivate their awarded landholdings due to the strong resistance and threats from their former owners. Previous attempts in the past to enter the landholdings have failed. Still, the farmers have not given up on their struggle.

Prior to the installation, the DAR partnered with the KAISAHAN, Phil. National Police (PNP), Commission on Human Rights, the Ombudsman, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department Of Health, the media and other stakeholders held a series of planning conferences in order to ensure the successful installation of the farmer beneficiaries.

On June 20 and 21, 2016, the DAR together with over 200 PNP elements, and other government agencies entered the disputed landholdings and successfully installed the farmer beneficiaries peacefully.

Farmer installations are DAR’s move to ensure that farmers awarded with CLOAs will be placed and take physical possession of their awarded land. (John Colasito)


DAR turns over fmr in Leyte

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 21 2016VILLABA, Leyte--“This is a dream come true!” said Barangay Sambulawan Chairwoman Tessie Mayot during the turnover rites of the 3.4-kilometer rehabilitated farm-to-market road, which now connects Barangay Casili-on and Sambulawan to the national highway.

Mayot, who was elated with the rehabilitation of the road, said her constituents would now experience safe and comfortable travel with the recent road improvement.

“Those from Barangays San Francisco, Capiñahan, New Balanac and Cahigan who uses this road to transport their products, would also greatly benefit from this road rehabilitation,” Mayot added.

She narrated the discomfort and risks they took when passing thru the spillway during rainy days. She said water overflows in the spillway which made it slippery for people crossing the spillway. 

They have dreamed for this road to be repaired but never thought it would be realized until the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) implemented the project thru the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP-II).

Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla turned over to the local government the 3.42-kilometer rehabilitated road.

He emphasized to the recipient LGU the latter’s responsibility in the maintenance of the said project. According to him, if properly maintained in good condition within 10 years this project will be converted into a grant.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 21 2016

DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso explained that Barangays Casili-on and Sambulawan are part of the Villaba agrarian reform community (ARC) with 2,178 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

“With the rehabilitation of this road, farmers in this area will now find it easy transporting their harvests to the town proper for trading,” said Enciso.

“More than 3,000 population from six barangays are also estimated to benefit from this project implemented under the Program Beneficiaries Development component of the DAR,” she added. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)

Photo 1: (Left-right) Barangay Sambulawan Chairwoman Tessie Mayot, Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla, Casili-on Barangay Chairman Danilo Mates and Villaba Mayor Juliet Larrazabal sign the turnover and acceptance certificate.

Photo 2: The rehabilitated Casili-on-Sambulawan farm-to-market road in Villaba, Leyte.





Region VIII News

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September 23, 2016 16

Ormoc farmers excited on first harvest

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, Sept. 22 (PIA) – After 16 years of waiting, members of the Bugho Farmers Association (BFA) in Ormoc City are now excited for their first harvest come first week of October. Rosenda Apay, chairperson of the BFA, happily announced this as… Read More..
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Sep 22, 2016 16

KAISAHAN lauds successful farmer installation in Ormoc

The KAISAHAN, a non-government organization supporting agrarian reform and rural development based in Quezon City commended the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the successful installation of farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Sumangga and Barangay… Read More..
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Sep 21, 2016 15

DAR turns over fmr in Leyte

VILLABA, Leyte--“This is a dream come true!” said Barangay Sambulawan Chairwoman Tessie Mayot during the turnover rites of the 3.4-kilometer rehabilitated farm-to-market road, which now connects Barangay Casili-on and Sambulawan to the national highway.Mayot,… Read More..
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Aug 22, 2016 39

DAR rehabilitates 10-km Tarangnan road in Samar

QUEZON CITY, Aug. 20 – No more bumpy rides from Barangay Balugo to the town proper of Tarangnan in Samar, after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) rehabilitated the 10-kilometer road. Read More..

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