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DAR-8 commemorates 28th year of CARP

news reg pix 1 june 21 2016TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas celebrated on June 15 the 28th year of implementing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) here.

Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the CARP celebration was a simple one, highlighting the transformation of agrarian reform beneficiaries from mere farmers to farmer-entrepreneurs.

On June 21, Enciso said a mini-trade fair at the DAR Regional Office compound was opened to the public. It featured various products ranging from organic crops to processed foods, handicrafts and organic fertilizers produced by the agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) throughout the region.

“The products at the trade fair were the results of the various trainings and assistance extended to farmers under the Program Beneficiaries Development component of CARP,” Enciso said.

According to Enciso, the support services that the Department have provided to the ARBOs include farm equipment, access to credit, agri-technologies and various trainings on entrepreneurship.

“Through the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), we continue to give these support services to our farmer-beneficiaries to improve their economic lives through increased income,” she said.news reg pix 2 june 21 2016

Another assistance extended was the Complementary Assistance for the Rehabilitation and Empowerment (CARE) of small holder farmers where they were taught how to convert trash into cash by producing organic fertilizers using worms called African night crawlers. 

Republic Act 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) was signed on June 10, 1988 by then President Corazon Aquino and took effect five days later. It was amended twice by Republic Acts 8532 and 9700.

CARL expanded the scope of the Marcos agrarian reform program to cover all agricultural lands regardless of the tenurial status.

As of January 2016, the DAR has covered and distributed 430,115 hectares of agricultural lands in Eastern Visayas to 238,950 agrarian reform beneficiaries under CARP’s Land Tenure Improvement component.  (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)

Photos 1 & 2: The DAR kicked off its commemoration of the 28th year of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the country with a motorcade around Tacloban City.

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