6.20.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, June 20, 2013



DAR-Caraga celebrates 25th CARP Anniv; bares accomplishments

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 20 (PIA) – In time the 25th anniversary celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga recently convened the local tri-media for a press conference at the Prince Hotel, this city with its officials led by Regional Director Faisar Mambuay.

Mambuay stressed that the land distribution program boosted our farmers’ confidence as they now become real owners of the land. “As of December 2012, 244,816 hectares of land were already distributed to 115,254 farmers covering 93 percent of the working scope in Caraga region. Last year, the 9,049 hectares accomplishment is the country’s highest in percentage and the third highest accomplishment in the region since 1996. And records would show that the region has been accomplishing 100 percent or more in the past 12 years,” he said.

Mambuay further said that in 2012, DAR-Caraga was named by the DAR Adjudication Board as the number one region in rate of resolution of cases in the entire country. Legal assistance were provided to farmers, and served justice to whom it deserved.

Mambuay added that support services were provided by the department to ensure a better quality of life for the farmers. "In the 25 years of CARP, Caraga region was able to launch and assist 125 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) covering 549 barangays. These ARCs are recipient to 13 foreign assisted projects amounting to P3.5 billion.

Also, on the take off of the DAR-Caraga's Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), during the 1st quarter of 2013, the department has already handed-over P8.4 million worth of common service facilities to seven organizations.

Mambuay also stressed that none in the law says that DAR cannot distribute CARP-covered agricultural lands beyond 2014. "Sec. 30 of Rep. Act 9700 or the CARPER Law states that distribution of land with pending proceedings will continue beyond June 2014. By now, DAR-Caraga had already sent notice of coverage to 2,400 landholdings covering 12,000 hectares of the Phase 3B of CARP,” he said.

The good director also announced that recently, President Aquino has issued Administrative Order No. 34 mandating the conduct of the best institutional arrangement of the post 2014 scenario. “Definitely, the support will not end soon, although we believe that it has to undergo certain evaluation to fit the needs of the present time. Program beneficiaries’ development is geared on converging strategic efforts to Agrarian Reform beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in ARCs and other agrarian reform areas in order to make a dent in the production and enterprise requirements of the agrarian reform beneficiaries,” emphasized Mambuay.

Meanwhile, Mambuay expressed his thanks to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga for its untiring support to the department’s thrusts, programs and advocacy. He also acknowledged the vital role of the local tri-media as partner.

The DAR’s mission is to lead in the implementation of the agrarian reform and rural development through land tenure improvement and the provision of integrated development services to landless farmers and small landowners-cultivators and the delivery of agrarian justice towards rural development and peace. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Farmers lead 25th CARP anniv in Agusan Norte

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, June 19 (PIA) -- The Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Agusan del Norte led the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) here.

More than a thousand of farmers highlighted the occasion by way of a motorcade and a farmers’ forum held last June 14 in this city.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay said, “All we have done so far is addressing the challenges in bringing the CARP implementation process towards the successes of the farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries.”

“For twenty-five years of implementing CARP, this landmark program has truly transformed farmers’ lives and communities. Support services and legal assistance were provided to improve quality of life of the farmer-beneficiaries.”, RD Mambuay added.

Assistant Regional Director for Operation and concurrent Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Atega, CESO V in welcoming the participants of the forum said that “we welcome ourselves with shouts and cheers to celebrate our 25th CARP success!”

During the farmers forum held at Capitol covered court, the representatives of Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC), Land Bank of the Philippines, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) honored the occasion with presentation of their respective programs update.

CDA Director Genaro D. Pugata said that “last year, DAR and CDA had signed a memorandum of agreement that aimed to improve the delivery of much-needed support services to farmer-cooperatives through mandatory training.”

Testimonies from Baliguian Irrigators Association (BIA) and Tagabaca Multi-Purpose Cooperative chairpersons Wenefredo S. Maldo and Edwin Espinosa narrated the impact of being recipients of farm-implements from Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Enterprise Support Services (ARCCESS).

Maldo said that “dako among kalipay sa mga ekwepo nga among nadawat gikan sa ARCCESS. Among pasalamat sa DAR uban sa pag-ampo nga unta ang programang CARP magpadayon.”

(We are delighted to have farm-implements from ARCCESS. We are thankful to DAR and praying that CARP program will continue.) (NCLM/DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)