Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga – “This is worth waiting for,” exclaimed newly promoted Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARPO) Loida L. Jones after the virtual oath of office administered by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones.
MARPO Loida is one of the sixty-four (64) newly promoted and newly appointed personnel of DAR-Caraga.
She said that it is with great honor that the DAR management has entrusted its trust and confidence in her to finally be included as one of the managers in the municipal office.
“The quote from Thomas A. Edison always inspires me even after facing failures in my wish to be promoted -- ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time’,” Jones said.
She disclosed that she has been in the department for 24 years and along the way, there were times when she failed. However, she did not stop trying.
“It is essential to have that patience within yourself until you actually reach the goal,” she said.
Jones said that this is a great responsibility but a fulfilling one, especially when she sees that she can help agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) by performing her job to the best of her ability.
“I am very happy that our personnel who deserve to be promoted are finally recognized. Some of them are serving the government for years and it is only now that they are given the opportunity to climb up,” Castriciones said.
Castriciones advised them that they should do their best to serve the public and the people.
“I am so honored to see all of you, dedicated and talented members of the team at the DAR. I firmly believe that all of you will become valuable assets of our beloved agency,” DAR-Caraga regional director Leomides R. Villareal said.
Villareal said public service is a noble calling and an honorable act that requires dedication and commitment to perform its sacred functions and duties.
“As you take your oath, may you always be reminded of that passion to render unconditional service, as public servants of the Department of Agrarian Reform, to the Filipino people,” Villareal said.
He disclosed that at the DAR, the calling in the public service is to work with the marginalized farmers and peasants who for years have suffered from injustices brought about by landlessness and the lack of opportunities to access programs and services both in the government and private sectors.
“At the DAR, we are implementing comprehensive programs and services for the empowerment of our farmers who benefited from the agrarian reform program of the government,” he added.
Villareal stressed that these programs and services were realized through the pledge and commitment the DAR officials and personnel to become good public servants.
Among the 64 employees, forty-three (43) are newly promoted and twenty-one (21) are new appointees. The four (4) new appointees are new applicants and sixteen (16) are not new to the DAR-Caraga as they have served under a contract of service (COS) for several years.