Welcome to DAR Region VIII



Catholic Relief Services assists Yolanda-hit ARCs in EV

piaTACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, February 20 (PIA) – The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) committed to assist the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in helping out agrarian reform beneficiaries  (ARBs) in heavily-damaged agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in Eastern Visayas rise from being shattered by super-typhoon “Yolanda”.
At least eight ARCs in Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces covering nine pilot barangays, according to DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo, have already been validated by the CRS and included in the list which will benefit more than 4,000 farmers.
 
He identified these areas as Barangay San Jose in Palo; Barangay Lapay in Tanauan; and Barangays Malbog and Capangihan in Tolosa, all in Leyte province.
 
In the province of Eastern Samar the areas are in Barangay Coticot in Giporlos; Barangay Bulusao in Lawa-an; Barangay Sta. Rosa in Balangiga; Barangay Labtic in Quinapondan; and Barangay Siguinon in Salcedo.
 
Director Castillo said that this non-government organization (NGO) readily responded to DAR’s call to include ARCs in their assistance operation in the process of DAR’s preparation of the restoration and rehabilitation plan for these areas.
 
However, it was emphasized by CRS Operations Manager Terry Tuazon, that they will only be assisting farmers in coconut areas to avoid duplication of similar aid extended by other organizations to rice farmers.
 
Tuazon explained that in order for these farmers to be able to start rehabilitating their farms, CRS will provide financial assistance in clearing out debris brought by the typhoon.
The farmers are required to form into groups with 15 members and help one another clear (and plant if seeds/seedlings are available) 15 lots in 15 days.
 
Each farmer will be paid P3,900 for the 15-day work at P260 per day.
 
In addition, Tuazon said, each farmer will also get a P1,000 worth of voucher that could be used in procuring farm tools, seeds/seedlings and fertilizers at accredited stores
.
Earlier, Castillo said, PCA has committed coconut seedlings and camote cuttings for the rehabilitation of typhoon-ravaged areas.
 
But Tuazon said that farmers could also plant vegetables as intercrops to coconuts for additional income.
 
Meanwhile, DAR’s Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development (BARBD) Assistant Director Ma. Elena Cabañes introduced to the ARB organizations in these ARCs vermiculture as additional livelihood for them where they can recycle the debris as feeds for the worms thru a shredding machine.
 
If the farmers would be interested, DAR will provide 30 kilos of worms for every ARC and facilitate the sourcing out of the shredding machine from an international organization, Jose Alsmith Soria, Info Officer of DAR-8 said.

Region VIII News

sunstarlogo
April 10, 2017 31

'Yolanda' housing developers told to secure clearance…

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has reminded housing developers for super typhoon "Yolanda" survivors to seek land conversion clearance before the March 5, 2018 deadline so they can take advantage of more relaxed rules. Read More..
news reg 2 pix 1 march 30 2017
Mar 30, 2017 47

The empowered women of Tolosa, Leyte

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, once said, “...that whenever you want things said, give it to a man, and when you want things done, give it to a woman.” The women of Magbinuligon Bayanihan Association – Women in Development Association… Read More..
news reg 1 pix 1 march 13 2017
Mar 13, 2017 114

78-year-old farmer finally becomes a landowner

SAN MIGUEL, Leyte – A 78-year-old widower was among the 658 farmers from three Leyte towns who received their long awaited certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) last week at this town’s auditorium.Angel… Read More..
sunstar
Mar 09, 2017 59

DAR awards farmlands to 658 Leyte farmers

SAN MIGUEL, Leyte -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) to 658 farmers in three towns in Leyte province. DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso led the distribution of the 344 CLOAs covering a… Read More..

Region 8 Calendar of Activities