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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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Ormoc agrarian beneficiaries savor first harvest after 21 years

news reg 1 pix 1 march 27 2018ORMOC CITY – Tired but happy was how the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Sumanga, Ormoc City looked as they savor their first harvest of sugarcane after 21 years of waiting to work on the farm they legally own.

“Masaya kami dahil may income na kami. May pambayad na sa lupa, at matutupad na ang pangarap ng anak ko na makapagtapos ng pag-aaral (We are happy because we now have income. We can now pay land amortization, and my child’s dream to get a college degree will already be realized),” said 55-year-old farmer Pablo Silva, president of the Sumanga United Farmers Association (SUFA). 

Agrarian Reform Regional Director Sheila Enciso said Silva is among the 24 ARBs awarded with certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) 21 years ago.

“After receiving their CLOAs, their journey as ARBs was not smooth. They were blocked from entering the property by the previous landowner who resisted coverage of the lot under CARP,” Enciso explained.

Enciso said that through the years, the DAR determinedly worked for the installation of the farmers in their respective farm lots.news reg 1 pix 2 march 27 2018

Farmers finally installed

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Perpetua Sabaldan who took charge of the installation activities in Leyte, explained that the 17.5 hectares that ARBs are now farming, is part of the 35-hectare property previously owned by the Potenciano and Anecita Larrazabal Enterprises Corporation (PALEC) that was awarded to SUFA.

Sabaldan said that out of the 35 hectares, only 12 hectares are currently being planted with root crops by the ARBs.

“Pablo Silva and the 23 other ARBs waited for 19 years to be installed in their awarded land, and two more years before they were able to harvest in the land that was already theirs 21 years ago,” Sabaldan Said.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 27 2018Sabaldan narrated that after several attempts, with the combined efforts of DAR, KAISAHAN, a non-government organization assisting them; and the Philippine National Police finally paid off when the farmers were finally installed on June 20, 2016.

A bountiful harvest

Before the farmers were installed in their farm lots, the PALEC (previous landowner), requested for a dialogue with the ARBs. In the dialogue, PALEC bargained with the farmers to allow them to harvest first the existing crop for they were the ones who planted them. After the harvest, PALEC surrendered the land to the ARBs as promised during the dialogue.

ARB Pablo Silva shared that during Tuesday’s harvest (March 27) they are expecting about 15 truckloads of freshly harvested sugarcane with an estimated net income of ₱14,000 for every truckload.

As it takes about 12 months for this crop before it could be harvested, the ARBs had to wait until the current year to experience the complete success of their struggle.

However, Wowie Silva, 21, who helps his father, Pablo in farming said it could have been better if the trucks that would transport the harvested sugarcane to the sugar central can enter the area for fast and easy hauling.

Wowie disclosed that trucks can no longer enter their area because the road leading here is privately owned by PALEC and the latter dug a big hole along the way preventing trucks from passing by.

Because of this according to him, the men must carry on their shoulders the harvested sugarcane for a distance of about a kilometer where trucks can wait.news reg 1 pix 4 march 27 2018

Though this is no longer a big deal to Pablo, still he appeals to concerned sectors to help them have an access road. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria-DAR Ormoc)

Photo 1 & 2: Tired but happy as these agrarian reform beneficiaries savor their first harvest in the Sugarland awarded to them 21 years ago.

Photo 3: Pablo Silva (2nd from left), president of the Sumanga United Farmers Association (SUFA) discuss his plans with Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Perpetua Sabaldan (left) and Gilbert Negad (right) of KAISAHAN.

Photo 4: Distance did not matter as this farmer carries the harvested sugarcanes for about a kilometer where trucks that would haul them to the sugar central awaits.

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DAR turns over P69.8-M road projects in Gamay, Northern Samar

news reg 1 pix 1 march 21 2018NORTHERN SAMAR – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over P69.8-million worth of three (3) farm-to-market roads in Gamay, Northern Samar.

The road projects are aimed to provide easier and faster access for farmers to transport their agricultural products to various markets, commercial trades, and other communities.

Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the farm-to-market roads are contiguous passing through the barangays of Cagamutan, Bato, Bangon and GM Osias with an aggregate length of 8.3 kilometers. The road project in Barangay Bangon is constructed with a 30-linear meter bridge.

“All projects are implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II),” Enciso said.

Cagamutan del Norte-Bato-Bangon farm-to-market road has a total cost of P29,238,531; Cagamutan-Bato-Bangon road, P21,999,9118; and Bangon-G.M. Osias road has P18,566.899.news reg 1 pix 2 march 21 2018

“Because of the bridge constructed in with this road, the farmers and the residents don’t have to wade through the river anymore in crossing Barangay Bangon,” Enciso said.

Aside from the four barangays where the projects are situated, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Nida Abelido disclosed that residents from seven more remote villages also benefited from the road project.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 21 2018An estimate of nearly 9,000 residents from the 11 barangays pass this route on their way to the national highway, she added.

Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Sylvia Mallari said rural infrastructures open opportunities particularly to the farmers and help solve insurgency in some areas as well.

“Development projects like this and also rural growth centers help combat poverty in the countryside; and this compliments the core mandate of DAR, the Land Tenure Improvement,” Mallari said.

She added that this is what the DAR is doing in partnership with the local government units (LGUs).news reg 1 pix 4 march 21 2018

Mayor Timoteo Capoquian acknowledged DAR’s contribution to his town’s development. According to him, DAR is the town’s biggest donor in terms of rural infrastructures referring to these turned over projects with a combined amount reaching ₱66.4-M.

Though the total project cost was shared by the LGU and the national government thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Capoquian thanked DAR for assisting them to build road networks.

The turn-over ceremony of the road project was the highlight of the 71st founding anniversary celebration of this town. of the 71st founding anniversary celebration of this town. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA-DAR Northern Samar) 

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Leyte farmers get P8.49-M road project

news reg 1 pix 1 march 5 2018ALANGALANG, Leyte—Farmer and residents here no longer experience bumpy rides and wading through floods after the department of agrarian reform (DAR) recently turned over the newly concreted farm-to-market road worth P8.49 million.

Nine months after the completed road project here was turned over Alicia D. Josol, Barangay Captain of Barangay Salvacion in Alangalang, Leyte, remembers the time when the way going to her village was dangerous, as it was very slippery.

Accidents happened regularly. She even fell down one time from her ride on a motorcycle or “habal-habal,” as it is commonly known in the area.

There was no decent road at all. It was an unpaved one, only a foot trail where pedestrians, animals, and motorcycles could pass by.

The road was such in a terrible state that accidents are an accepted reality.

It was part of the price to pay when going to the village. It was also a reality that they would have to wade through waist-deep water every time it rains just so they could go to their place, Josol said.

Now, these are just memories of the past.

Josol thanked the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that provided the funds under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project, and the local government unit (LGU) of Alangalang.

Mayor Reynaldo Capon Sr. said that today, the road is made more comfortable.

People can already travel here and to the adjacent Barangay Langit using a bicycle, something that used to be unthinkable before, he added.

There are now more vehicles that ply this area. Motorcycle fare has gone down to ₱20 from the previous ₱80 to ₱100, Capon said.news reg 1 pix 2 march 5 2018

The ₱8.49-million total project cost of the 3.55-kilometer road was shouldered by the LGU and a loan from the ADB by the national government.

Thus, Regional Director Sheila Enciso reminded the recipients during the turnover of the said road project to maintain it in good condition for 10 years. Otherwise, the LGU will have to pay the loan counterpart, equivalent to 40 percent of the total project cost.

Meanwhile, Leyte-Biliran Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla advised the residents in the area to take this opportunity in improving their quality of life.

According to him, this project is aimed at increasing household income by improving farm production, thereby reducing poverty in the countryside. (JOHN COLASITO, PIO-Leyte)

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Region VIII News

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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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Ormoc agrarian beneficiaries savor first harvest after 21…

ORMOC CITY – Tired but happy was how the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Sumanga, Ormoc City looked as they savor their first harvest of sugarcane after 21 years of waiting to work on the farm they legally own.“Masaya kami dahil may income na… Read More..
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DAR turns over P69.8-M road projects in Gamay, Northern…

NORTHERN SAMAR – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over P69.8-million worth of three (3) farm-to-market roads in Gamay, Northern Samar. The road projects are aimed to provide easier and faster access for farmers to transport their… Read More..
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Leyte farmers get P8.49-M road project

ALANGALANG, Leyte—Farmer and residents here no longer experience bumpy rides and wading through floods after the department of agrarian reform (DAR) recently turned over the newly concreted farm-to-market road worth P8.49 million.Nine months after the… Read More..

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