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DAR asks Duterte’s help in distributing reservation areas of USM, CFCST

news reg 1 pix 1 may 23 2017AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has sought the help of President Duterte in distributing to landless farmers some 3,800 hectares of reservation areas of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and of the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST).

In a memorandum addressed to the President, Mariano requested for the issuance of a presidential order that supports the placement of unused portion of the landholdings of the USM and CFCST under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Mariano also asked President Duterte that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) be allowed “to immediately proceed with the acquisition and distribution of the landholdings of the USM and the CFCST and the identification of possible beneficiaries.

The DAR chief also asked the President to direct the Commission on Higher Education and the governing Board of Directors of the USM and the CFCST to issue the necessary resolutions that would allow the DAR to cover the institutions’ unused areas.

The USM’s and the CFCST’s unused areas cover a total of 3,878 hectares, which encompass through seven barangays of the municipality of Arakan, Cotabato – Badiangon, Doroluman, Ilustre, Makalangot, Malibatuan, Meocan and Naje.

The said landholdings had been placed under CARP coverage since July 28, 2008 when the DAR issued a notice of coverage to the managements of the USM and the CFCST by virtue of the Executive Order No. 407, as amended by EO 448, issued by the late President Corazon Aquino in 1990.

The said EO mandates DAR to accelerate the transfer/distribution of lands suitable for agricultural that are owned, reserved for state colleges and universities.

Officials of the USM and the CFCST, however, have yet to issue the Deeds of Transfer as they allegedly could not agree on who among them has the authority to sign the said document.

The question has lingered on despite the issuance of Opinion No. 13, series of 2012, by the Department of Justice, concurring with the view of the DAR that there is no legal impediment that prevents USM and the CFCST from turning over to the DAR portions of its reservation areas.

The DAR’s view states that: “The lands or some of its portions that are reserved by virtue of presidential proclamation for specific public uses shall be segregated from the reservation and transferred to the DAR for distribution under CARP to qualified beneficiaries if the two conditions are present:

1.    That the lands or portions thereof are suitable for agriculture; and,

2.    That the same is determined by the DAR, in coordination with concerned government agencies or instrumentalities, as no longer actually, directly and exclusively or necessary for the purpose for which they have been reserved.”

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DAR, Italian gov’t pour P2.5B infra projects in Mindanao

piaGENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 1 -- Agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in Mindanao will soon enjoy greater economic opportunities as the government in partnership with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, pours various rural infrastructure projects in support of the country’s sustainable rural development program.

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Italian ambassador visits DAR project sites in Mindanao

news reg 2 pix 1 april 28 2017 800x524SARANGANI Province (April 27, 2017)—Department Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano accompanied Italian Ambassador Mossimo Roscigno who is currently in the country to visit the infrastructure projects being implemented by the DAR under the Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP).

A P2.5-billion worth of projects is under the IARCDSP for the rural development of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos (Socsksargen).

The IARCDSP provides agriculture infrastructure such as farm to market roads, irrigation, postharvest facilities, rural water supply and capacity building of farmers’ organization and opportunities for agribusiness. The projects are targeted to be completed by April 2019.

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DAR, Italian gov’t pours P2.5B infra projects in Mindanao

news reg 1 pix 1 april 28 2017 800x535GENERAL SANTOS CITY (April 28, 2017)—Agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in Mindanao will soon enjoy greater economic opportunities as the government in partnership with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, pours various rural infrastructure projects in support of the country’s sustainable rural development program.

The P2.5-billion project include the rehabilitation and construction of farm-to-market roads and irrigation systems, provision of potable water facilities and construction of post-harvest facilities in the municipalities of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos (Socsksargen). The projects are targeted to be completed by April 2019.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano said the development of Socsksargen, being one of the poorest provinces in the country, aims to reduce the incidence of poverty and raise the standard of living of farmers. 

“Socsksargen, whose residents consists mainly of farmers and fisher folks, will greatly benefit from these infrastructure facilities. These [infra projects] will enhance the rural economy and in the process, create job opportunities in the provinces,” Mariano said.

These infrastructure projects is under the Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP) and will cover 35 ARCs.

Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno who is the country to visit the project sites here with Secretary Mariano said the program [IARCDSP] would also focus in helping farmers become integrated into agro-based entrepreneurial system, “this way, the farmers would be able to increase their income and quality of life.”

Under the IARCDSP, various training for farmers would be implemented to capacitate the farmers in different modes of farming. These training include organic farming, post-harvest training, and farm technology and product development.

Project background

The development intervention was initially conceived in 1998 to support the Peace Process in the Special Zone of Peace and Development in Mindanao. The original project did not materialize until the 2007 when the Italian government confirmed its interest to pursue the project.

In October 2007, a joint Italian-Filipino team agreed on a new design and a new project proposal from the DAR was created for launching. This final document represents the formulation of the new initiative called the Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP). news reg 1 pix 2 april 28 2017 800x384

The partnership between the Italian government and the Philippine government for the IARCDSP was signed on March 23, 2011. 

IARCDSP’s objectives are in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, the Philippine Development Plan, Republic Act (RA) 9700 and the program support to the Peace Process in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The IARCDSP provides agriculture infrastructure such as farm to market roads, irrigation, postharvest facilities, rural water supply and capacity building of farmers’ organization and opportunities for agribusiness.

Project turn-over

Ambassador Roscigno is currently in Sarangani for a two-day visit to project sites in the province. While on his visit, the DAR headed by Secretary Mariano turned over two finished solar dryers to the farmers of Batodo agrarian reform community in Barangay Baluntay, Alabel, Sarangani.

Mariano said the two solar dryers would address the problem of inadequacy of postharvest facilities of farmers in Batodo ARC. “Farmers here do not have solar pavements to dry their agricultural products. They are relying in adjacent places for drying,” said Mariano.

“Most farmers resort to using mats and plastic covers as dryers for their harvested rice which results to big losses in grains. These solar dryers would be a big help. Their drying system would be faster and the grain quality in drying is better. With better quality, their agri-products would get higher prices,” explained Mariano.

news reg 1 pix 3 april 28 2017 800x512Aside from the 276 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Batodo ARC, the farming households of Barangay Baluntay and around 185 indigenous people (IPs) would directly benefit from these solar dryers. 

Ambassador Roscigno visited the on-going concreting of the 340-meter farm-to-market road in Kawas ARC and the 210-meter Baluntay farm-to-market road in Batodo ARC. He also visited the expansion of the potable water system in Kawas ARC and the construction of solar dryers in Purok 5 and 5 in Batodo ARC. (30)

Photo1: Secretary Rafael Mariano (right) sampled the cool water from the potable water system in Kawas ARC as Italian Ambassador Mosssimo Roscigno tests the water with his hand.

Photo 2: Secretary Mariano and Ammasador Roscigno cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the turn-over of the two solar dryers in Barangay Baluntay. Assisting in the ribbon-cutting is DAR Assistant Secretary for Foreign Assisted Project Minnie San Juan.

Photo 3: Secretary Mariano and Ambassador Roscigno checks out the on-going construction of the 210-meter Baluntay farm-to-market road. 

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Italian ambassador visits DAR project sites in Mindanao

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DAR, Italian gov’t pours P2.5B infra projects in Mindanao

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