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DAR N. Cotabato leads PH in private agri lands distribution

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Apr. 20 (PIA) --  The  North Cotabato provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)  led the  country in the  distribution  of  private  agricultural lands (PAL) in line  with the    Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation.

DAR Central  Office  recently   revealed  the  nationwide assessment result for 2014.  In the said   report, North  Cotabato  attained the  highest  accomplishment in  land  acquisition and  distribution  covering   private  agricultural lands.

Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer,  revealed North Cotabato ranked  number 1 PAL distribution after covering 4,250.55 hectares with 631 landholdings (LHs) in 2014, surpassing 78 other provinces in the country.

“Covering those private agricultural lands to CARP is a big challenge for DAR, especially that some are owned by prominent and influential people in the province; but we never stop pushing ourselves to the limit in designing strategies to fulfil the mandate of our agency,” Abella said.

Abella also said that various management strategies had been employed and tested to address the challenges that go with the implementation of the program in both provincial and municipal levels.

“We have 17 municipalities and 1 city in North Cotabato with diverse culture, religion, beliefs and traditions. But, we are confident that we could deliver our targets because these municipalities are manned with seasoned Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers that are closely looking into the implementation of the program in the area,” Abella added.

In 2014, DAR- North Cotabato’s   accomplishment in terms of  number of hectare  and landholdings  of  private agricultural lands  distributed are as  follows: 27.11 ha (5LHs)  in  Alamada,  126.76 ha (18 LHs) in Aleosan.   62.34 ha (10 LHs) in Antipas,  51.05 ha (8 LHs) in  Arakan ,  338.96 ha (41 LHs) in  Carmen.

They were also  able  to  lot  out 159.87 ha (29 LHs) in  Kabacan, 279.97 ha (51 LHs) in  Kidapawan City,  247.92 ha (37 LHs) in   Libungan,  238.02 ha (39 LH) in Magpet,  315.99 ha (58 LHs)in  Makilala,  477.18 ha (80 LHs) in  Matalam,  196.69 ha (25 LH) in  Midsayap, 476.10 ha (69 LHs) in M’lang,  224.96 ha  (32 LHs) in  Pigcawayan,  217.78 ha (28 LHs) in Pikit , 209.05 ha  (29 LHs) in President Roxas, and  600.80 ha  72 LH in Tulunan.

DAR North Cotabato Province also ranked fourth nationwide in terms of volume in hectares in the Land Tenure Improvement component of CARP.

Abella  recently received a certificate of recognition at the Lancaster Hotel, Mandaluyong City for his dedication to service, leadership, guidance, and a good morale booster, which immensely contributed to the successful implementation of CARP in North Cotabato Province.

“These awards are key indicators that the efforts we exerted as a team to deliver what was expected of us are now realized,” he said.

He also added that DAR-North Cotabato, having successfully covered PAL, has been directed by DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes to document the good practices and management strategies of the province to be used as role model for other provinces in the country in delivering private agricultural lands.

The accomplishment of DAR-North Cotabato is under the Land Tenure Improvement component of CARP which seeks to secure the tenurial status of the farmers and farm workers in the lands they till. (ROrejudos-DAR N. Cotabato/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611429502254/dar-n-cotabato-lead-ph-in-private-agri-lands-distribution

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