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DAR establishes 176 ARCs in Northern Mindanao

news reg 1 pix 1 july 26 2018The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Northern Mindanao has established 176 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) since its inception in 1993 as reported by DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay during the department’s 2018 mid-year performance review and planning session.

Mambuay said the creation of ARCs pave the way for the formation of more agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs). ARBOs include cooperatives or farmers’ organizations, through which the DAR channels various support services.

“The minimum requirement is to have at least 300 ARBs in one barangay, or cluster of barangay, to qualify as an ARC,” Mambuay said.

“As the government steps up the distribution of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, or CARP-covered lands, simultaneously, we are also focusing on the provision of support services to empower agrarian-reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and ARBOs,” Mambuay said.

The DAR helps organize more ARBOs through which the DAR provides support, including training, seminars and provision of common service facilities, such as farm tractors, dump trucks, shredders, threshers and related farm equipment.

The DAR also implement various infrastructure projects, such as irrigation and farm-to-market roads in areas where there are existing ARBOs, to maximize project impacts.

ARCs are cluster of contiguous barangays within a municipality where majority of lands have been awarded to a critical mass of ARBs.

The DAR’s performance review and planning session is currently being conducted from July 24-27, to resolve and address problems in implementing agrarian reform.

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DAR chief distributes land titles to Misamis Oriental farmer-beneficiaries

news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 8 2018CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY— The more than 10 years of waiting is already over for the 52 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the province of Misamis Oriental as they recently received their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Last January 24, the 52 ARBs finally received their CLOAs in a distribution ceremony held at the DAR Regional Office here.

The distribution, that covered a total of 65 hectares of agricultural lands, was led by Secretary John Castriciones.

“We will intensify the CLOA distribution and the provision of support services to ARBs in the country to support the thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to emancipate farmers, especially those in the far-flung villages from poverty,” Castriciones said.

The DAR chief added that upon his assumption as agrarian reform Secretary, his marching order from the President was to “do what you ought to do. Distribute lands that are for the farmers to uplift their economic lives.”

He emphasized that the President has also mandated the DAR to boost the provision of support services to the ARBs to develop the lands awarded to them.news reg 1 pix  2 feb. 8 2018

DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said CLOAs are issued to qualified farmers as part of the government’s efforts to provide livelihood and to boost the economy as well.

“Over a thousand farmers in Misamis Oriental have benefited from the various programs of DAR,” Mambuay said.

Mambuay urged the farmer-beneficiaries not to sell or lease the newly acquired lands but to instead utilize these to generate income.

He said the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (Republic Act No. 6657), however, prohibits the sale or lease of lands covered by the CLOA for at least 10 years.

news reg 1 pix 3 feb. 8 2018DAR Undersecretary Emily Padilla said that the department is also implementing more projects other than land distribution.

DAR has been launching projects involving irrigation, farm-to-market roads and development initiatives such as the Agrarian Reform community Development Program, Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project and Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Project, among others, she said.

Photo 1: Secretary John Castriciones awards a CLOA to a farmer-beneficiary.

Photo 2: Certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs).

Photo 3: The Secretary with DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay and other DAR officials.

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DAR forms team for Pres. Duterte’s Bangon Marawi program

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 4 2017CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Region 10 recently initiated the creation of a Convergence Project Management Team (CPMT) for Task Force Bangon Marawi to address the immediate concern of reconstruction, rebuilding and improving the lives of the survivors and victims of the Marawi siege.

DAR-10 Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said the CPMT is composed of government line agencies, non-government organizations, the United Nation-World Food Project (UN-WFP) and United Nation-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO).

Mambuay added that the CPMT will be spearheaded by DAR and the Department Agriculture (DA).

“The CPMT will assist President Rodrigo Duterte’s Task Force Bangon Marawi in rebuilding the lives of the Marawi people. We at the DAR will do our best to help our farmer-beneficiaries regain their lives through our support services,” he pointed out.

Mambuay also emphasized that the CPMT have already identified five barangays under the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) of Malimono-Dulay that will be provided with immediate help and assistance.

These barangays include Cabasaran, Dulay Proper, Dulay West, Guimba and Malimono.

“These are our pilot areas. Other villages in Marawi will be given help as we start the process of networking and linkage for support services and relief assistance with our partners,” Mambuay said.

These five barangays, he added, were recently visited for assessment by the members of CPMT coming from the DAR, to include CPMT Chair Mambuay, DAR Undersecretary for Foreign-Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari, DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers Ali Scissor Andig and Mu'ammar Mesug Pangandaman Unda.news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 4 2017                                                              
Immediately after the site visit, the CPMT gathered in Iligan City and discussed their assessments and observations in the areas visited and the possible interventions that can be provided to address the needs and concerns of the five barangays. (Joy Chua, DAR-10)

Photo 1: Regional Director Faisar Mambuay with DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers Ali Scissor Andig and Mu'ammar Mesug Pangandaman Unda pose with the thumbs-up sign during the site visit to the five barangays.

Photo 2: Mambuay with Undersecretary Mallari welcoming pose with streamers welcoming the Convergence Project Management Team.

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PARC Secretariat spearheads consultation with ARBs on AVA contracts

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 14 2017CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Sept. 14, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat spearheaded a two-day consultation, feedbacking and workshop with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVA) to inform and guide them in making sound decisions concerning their AVA with their investors.

PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce said farmers often get embroiled in onerous AVAs because they were not properly guided on the laws and processes in negotiating their AVAs. 

“Often, farmers are abused and oppressed because they do not understand most of provisions contained in their AVAs. Their lack of understanding of the AVA [laws and regulations] always put them in an unfavorable and disadvantageous position,” explains Ponce.

“This consultation would empower ARBs and their cooperatives with the processes and guide them on what options to take in negotiating for their contracts with their investors. The workshop would also guide them in formulating action plans in addressing their AVA problems,” added Ponce.

During the workshop, participants composed of ARB cooperative officials discussed the updates, status, issues and concerns of their respective AVA contracts with AVA point persons, PARC Secretariat, DAR support services office and DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers.

“Upon hearing their problems with their AVAs, we brainstormed on the challenges and came up with proposed recommendations and suggested solutions to each of their problems,” said Ponce.

According to Ponce, the consultation/feedbacking and workshop is being conducted after President Rodrigo Duterte, who is also the PARC Chairman, directed that all AVA contracts involving tenants and landholders must pass through DAR for evaluation and to determine if the AVAs are in violation of the 1987 Constitution as well as of agrarian reform laws, rules and regulations.

Acting on that directive, the PARC Secretariat, earlier this year conducted an ARB’s forum on the implementation of AVAs. Agrarian cooperatives were requested to submit their existing AVA contracts for review and evaluation by the DAR. news reg 2 pix 2 sept. 14 2017 

“This consultation/feedbacking and workshop is the second activity of that directive. We presented to them the result of the evaluation of their AVAs submitted in the ARB’s forum. And now after lengthily discussing problems and suggesting possible solutions, they are now armed with enough knowledge to make sound decisions in their AVAs,” said Ponce.

The consultation cum workshop was held at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City on Sept. 13-14, 2017. (pinky roque)

Photo 1: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce 

Photo 2: Ponce explaining the procedure of the workshop to farmer officials of agrarian cooperatives.

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DAR establishes 176 ARCs in Northern Mindanao

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Northern Mindanao has established 176 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) since its inception in 1993 as reported by DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay during the department’s 2018 mid-year performance review and… Read More..
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DAR chief distributes land titles to Misamis Oriental…

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY— The more than 10 years of waiting is already over for the 52 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the province of Misamis Oriental as they recently received their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) from the Department of… Read More..
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DAR forms team for Pres. Duterte’s Bangon Marawi program

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Region 10 recently initiated the creation of a Convergence Project Management Team (CPMT) for Task Force Bangon Marawi to address the immediate concern of reconstruction, rebuilding and… Read More..
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PARC Secretariat spearheads consultation with ARBs on AVA…

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Sept. 14, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat spearheaded a two-day consultation, feedbacking and workshop with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVA) to… Read More..

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