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DAR guarantees land to Arakan farmers

news reg 2 pix 1 dec. 23 2016ARAKAN, COTABATO (Dec. 23) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has assured the farmers of the Arakan municipality that the unused portion of agricultural lands previously covered by the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) reservation will be awarded to its actual tillers and occupants.

In a letter sent by DAR Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano dated Dec. 16, the agrarian reform chief cited Executive Order No. 407, Series of 1990 (EO 407) and Executive Order No. 448, Series of 1991 (EO 448) as bases for the immediate execution of the Deeds of Transfer.

The DAR, led by Undersecretary for Field Operations Marcos Risonar, is set to meet with Regional Director Nasser Mussali, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Marion Abella, and officials of the USM and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on January 9, 2017 to formally discuss the transfer of lands from the USM to the farmers.

Based on the report by PARPO Abella, USM President Francisco Garcia has already agreed to distribute the unused land of the university to its farmer-occupants.

In his visit at the farmers’ camp inside the USM grounds last Dec. 11, DAR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Lucius Jun-jun Malsi already guaranteed the immediate and lawful resolution of the protesting farmers’ case.

“Ang kahilingan at hinaing ng mga magsasaka ay may legal na batayan. Ito ay marapat na maibahagi na sa mga magsasaka kung ito ay naaayon sa batas,” Malsi said.

Data from the DAR reveal that a total of 3,277.8 hectares of land in the USM reservation remain unused. Farmer-occupants of the MAILUMINADO Farmers Association, Inc. (MAFAI) have been engaged in a protracted struggle for land ownership ever since former President Carlos Garcia allotted some 7,200-hectare land as reservation for the university through Presidential Proclamation No. 428 in 1957.

Around 3,000 farmers and members of support groups set up a two-week camp in the Arakan campus from Dec. 5 to 18 to demand the distribution of the disputed land. The petitioners are members of the MAFAI and settlers of barangays Malibatuan, Ilustre, Makalangot, Naje and Doruloman, collectively known as MAILUMINADO.

According to MAFAI Chairman Cecilio Carmelo, the land has been peacefully occupied by Lumad and Christian settlers long before the Arakan town was established. Its occupants have been cultivating and farming rice, corn, rubber and banana since the 1950s.

“Panawagan namin kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at kay DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano na kagyat na bigyan na ng kalutasan ‘yung hinihiling ng mga tao na resolbahin na ang aming problema sa lupa,” Carmelo said.

MAFAI said that they will be back at the USM grounds to set up camp again in January.

Mariano told the farmers to strengthen their ranks and continuously assert their rights. “Susi ng tagumpay ang sama-sama’t organisadong pagkilos kaakibat ang pagtulong ng kagawaran na may pagtalima sa kaukulang proseso ng batas,” he added.


PARCCOM submits resolution to pass GARB, declares support for Mariano’s appointment

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 7 2016GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 07, 2016 – The Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) chairpersons submitted two resolutions to Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano during the National Conference of PARCCOMs at the Greenleaf Hotel.

Serving as the leading committee in the coordination and implementation of the agrarian reform program in the provinces, the PARCCOMs decided to prioritize the passage of a genuine agrarian reform program in the country.

Resolution No. 1, Series of 2016, entitled “A resolution strongly supporting the immediate passage of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (House Bill No. 555),” recognizes the absence of a genuine agrarian reform program as the primary reason for the continuing poverty and lack of food security. Members of the committee believe that the passage of HB 555 will help attain rural development and economic growth in the countryside.

Under the proposed bill, agricultural lands shall be distributed to qualified farmers for free. It shall revoke all previous unjust decrees on exemption and exclusion, and break up land monopoly. The GARB also seeks to institutionalize a comprehensive program of state support and subsidy to farmer beneficiaries.

On the other hand, the PARCCOM also declared their support for Mariano as the agrarian reform chief and vice chairperson of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) by passing the second resolution entitled “A resolution supporting the confirmation by the Commission on Appointments (CA) of Rafael V. Mariano as Secretary of the DAR.”news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 7 2016

The chairpersons added that the present leadership of Mariano at the DAR benefits the farmers and other stakeholders because of the thrust and policy direction of his administration – to defend and assert the rights of farmers.

In his first 100 days as agrarian reform chief, Mariano has rallied the support of President Rodrigo Duterte to convene the PARC after more than a decade of inactivity, announced a two-year moratorium on land-use conversion, distributed hundreds of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), and organized continuing dialogues with farmers and farmworkers’ groups.

The two resolutions will be submitted to the Committee on Agrarian Reform of the House of Representatives and the CA for immediate consideration. The GARB has been initially filed during the 14th Congress while Mariano has been waiting for his official appointment since he assumed office last July.


PARCCOM chairs meet for nat’l confab  

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 29 2016GEN. SANTOS CITY (Nov. 29, 2016) — As the lead implementing agency of the agrarian reform program in the country, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is now conducting orientation on the current thrust and policy directions of the administration for Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) Chairpersons.


The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat annually spearheads the conduct of the National Conference of the PARCCOM Chairpersons to assess the performance of the committee nationwide.

The PARCCOM Chairpersons, the provincial counterpart of the PARC Executive Committee (ExCom) and the partners of the PARC Secretariat, are tasked with the coordination and monitoring of the programs and activities implemented by the agrarian reform program implementing agencies at the field level.

According to DAR Undersecretary for Finance, Planning and Administration Office (FPAO) and PARC Council Secretary David Erro, the activity also serves as an effective venue for interaction and exchange of ideas and experiences among the PARCCOM members. It gives the chairpersons a chance to deliberate on the issues and concerns of the 75 PARCCOMs that need an intervention and/or resolution.

“As a partner in agrarian reform program implementation, the PARCCOM should be abreast of the current thrust and policy direction of the DAR, which is basically geared towards farmers’ protection and rural development,” Erro added.

The three-day National Conference of PARCCOM Chairpersons is being held at the Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City from November 28 to December 01.


PARC Execom’s strategic planning conference

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 25 2016GEN. SANTOS CITY (Nov. 25, 2016)—Participants of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Executive Committee (PARC Execom) posed for a souvenir photo at the end of PARC Execom’s Medium Term Planning Workshop held at Greenleaf Hotel on Nov. 23-24.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) organized the workshop to formulate plans and targets of the department for the next six years. 

The participants in the workshop consists of officials from CARP-implementing agencies (CIAs) namely the Land Bank of the Philippines, the Departments of Trade and Industry, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Irrigation, Environment, Labor and Employment, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Representatives from the committees on agrarian reform of the Senate and the Congress are also present.

Representatives from the private sector also participated representing the farmer-beneficiaries and landowners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. 

Outputs from the workshop groups would be integrated and fine-tuned by the PARC Execom before presenting it to President Rodrigo Duterte on January next year.

Region XII News

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DAR guarantees land to Arakan farmers

ARAKAN, COTABATO (Dec. 23) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has assured the farmers of the Arakan municipality that the unused portion of agricultural lands previously covered by the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) reservation will be awarded… Read More..
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PARCCOM submits resolution to pass GARB, declares support…

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 07, 2016 – The Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) chairpersons submitted two resolutions to Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano during the National Conference of… Read More..
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PARCCOM chairs meet for nat’l confab  

GEN. SANTOS CITY (Nov. 29, 2016) — As the lead implementing agency of the agrarian reform program in the country, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is now conducting orientation on the current thrust and policy directions of the administration for… Read More..
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PARC Execom’s strategic planning conference

GEN. SANTOS CITY (Nov. 25, 2016)—Participants of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Executive Committee (PARC Execom) posed for a souvenir photo at the end of PARC Execom’s Medium Term Planning Workshop held at Greenleaf Hotel on Nov. 23-24.The… Read More..