Secretary's Profile Rosalina L. Bistoyong

oicsec rosebistoyong2ROSALINA L. BISTOYONG


Compassionate, committed and hardworking are just some of the traits that best describe DAR OIC-Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong. This goal-oriented career executive service professional has been serving the government for the past 28 years. She has been with DAR as Undersecretary since 2007.

Her career in helping the rural poor, especially the indigenous Peoples (IPs), started in 1992 with her stint as Regional Director for the Office of the Northern Cultural Community. Her advocacy in helping the indigenous groups continued when she became the Regional Director in 1998 and Executive Director in 2002 of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

She started helping the plight of poor farmers when she became Undersecretary for Support Services Office (SSO) of DAR in 2007-2010. Because of her experience and expertise in helping the IPs, former DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes made her Undersecretary for Special Programs and Agrarian Reform Stakeholders Relations Office (SPAR-SRO) in 2010-2014. Among the major work of the SPAR-SRO is helping mountain farmers, especially the IPS in their land problems and assisting them on their required support services from the DAR.

As undersecretary for DAR’s support services office from 2014-2017, she has led and orchestrated numerous support services projects for agrarian reform beneficiaries. She provides policy directions for agencies involved in the delivery of support services for the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP involving in their projects not only the identified farmer beneficiaries but also former landowners under the CARP).

Advocacies and achievements

She is working on her dream advocacy called “A Million in a Hectare Project.” She strongly believes that a one-hectare farm can produce and earn for the farmers a million pesos. Achievable? Yes, she said, through diversified farming and multi-cropping approach.

Another of her advocacies is addressing the pressing problems brought about by climate change in rural communities. Bistoyong has already took steps in strengthening, diversifying and enhancing agrarian reform projects in climate stricken areas.

Among her outstanding achievements are: provision of credit to agrarian reform beneficiaries and smallholder farmers though the agrarian production credit program, which facilitated the increase in membership of more than 20,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries to DAR cooperatives; assisted more than 50,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries in accessing micro-finance services for their agri-business; and provided capacity trainings in agrarian reform communities and non- agrarian reform communities.


President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong as officer-in-charge of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) following the rejection Rafael V. Mariano’s confirmation by the Commission on Appointments.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the announcement at a press conference held on September 11, 2017 at the Malacañang Palace.

Bistoyong assumed post immediately after Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea designated her as officer-in-charge of the agency on September 8, 2017.