Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

DAR AgSur distributes titles to 83 farmer beneficiaries

By Rechel D. Besonia/Renante Sangre

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 6 - A total of 92 Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) were recently distributed to 83 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) covering an aggregate land holding of 121.2074 hectares of Government Owned Lands (GOL) at Barangay Azpetia.

The activity was spearheaded by the DAR Municipal Office thru the effort of the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) Eugenio Sotelo and Alvaro Orboc, in its aim to assure the farmers of their security to own the land that they till, together with the cooperation of the Barangay Local Government Unit thru Barangay Captain Ricky Antallan Sr.

Also in attendance was the OIC Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Leoncio Bautista Jr., PARPO I Allan N. Mundala, Municipal Administrator Francisco Arada, Municipal Assessor Jose Sanchez Jr. and OIC Chief of Police Armando Uriarte.

“The long wait is over! Think of this as God’s way of making your lives more comfortable to live in,” said PARPO II Leoncio Bautista Jr., in his message as he explained the history and transition of the program and the thrust of the department.

“We, in the department did our best to help you become landowners yourselves from processing the necessary documents until the generation of CLOA. On your part, you should also strive hard to make sure that this piece of paper be not taken away from you,” said MARPO Alvaro Orboc.

For Roberto Ayaton, one of the ARBs, the distribution of title was a dream come true. “Mapasalamaton kaayo ko ug dako sa atong ahensya sa DAR ug sa LGU officials sa paghatag nila ani nga higayon nga kami hingpit na nga nanag- iya niining yuta nga among gitikad (I am so thankful with DAR and the LGU for giving us the chance to become landowner ourselves),” he expressed.

Together with CLOA, tax declarations were also distributed. This is for the ARBs to become aware of their responsibility in paying the required taxes. (FEA/DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


New breed of AEWs to bring development in rice-producing communities

By Jason Paul Dads E. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 - Twenty (20) agricultural extension workers (AEWs) in Caraga region are on their way to becoming a new breed of rice extensionists, otherwise known as Agricultural Development Officers of the Community (AgRiDOC).

It was a challenging task for this AEWs who need to undergo the rigorous Regional Season-long Training of Trainers (TOT) at the Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center XIII located at Brgy. Los Angleles, this city. The training will run for four months which started last June 5, 2017 and will end on September 22, 2017.

The aim of this training is to enhance the capabilities of Rice AEWs in terms of technology promotion and delivery at the countryside. To achieve this, the trainees are primed on six modules which include Transformational Leadership, AgriCool, AgriSurvivors, Palaycheck and Palayamanan, Rise with Rice, and Be Riceponsible. In addition to lecture-discussions, learning are reinforced through field tours to successful learning sites, interviews with champions in agriculture, farm demonstrations, homestays in farm families, and conduct of agro-ecosystem analysis.

The training is participatory and output-oriented. Trainees are encouraged to join role plays and workshops. They are also required to submit weekly reflections, pre- and post-tests, project proposals, and pass the National Competency test (NC III), among others.


After their graduation on September 22, 2017, they are expected to implement their proposed project and to transfer the technologies they have learned from AgRiDOC to their farmers via trainings, farmers’ class, regular meetings, and radio programs. (ATI-Caraga with a report from Nepthalie D. Palero, RA-Cagwait, Surigao del Sur/PIA-Caraga)