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 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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