Ist awarding of CLOAs to agri grads

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Sultan Kudarat cooperatives receive farm machines and IT equipment

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over P3.7million-worth of farm machineries and P 500,000-worth of IT equipment to three (3) agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Sultan Kudarat to help improve farmers’ production and generate more income.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rodolfo Alburo said the recipients are farmer-members of Naldan Creek Irrigators’ Association from the municipality of Lambayong, Kalayaan Communal Irrigators Association from Lutayan, and Sigay Ka Tamontaka 4 Farmers Association from Cotabato City.

“These farm implements will service more than 200 farmers here. And because the machines are mechanized, it would make their farming activities easier and faster. It will also help improve their yield and increase their income,” said Alburo.

Distributed by the DAR to the three ARBOS are four (4) tractors with rotavators and IT equipment like computer desktops, laptops, smartphones, and printers.

Alburo added that as the DAR continues to provide training to farmers, the IT equipment, they received would help them learn more about modern farming and entrepreneurship.

DAR Regional Director Marion Abella said the tractors and IT equipment were provided under the Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program of the department.

“These farm tractors and IT equipment would be a great help to elevate the farmers’ income and livelihood,” Abella said.

He said the Italian project is focused on improving the quality of life of farmers in agrarian reform communities.

“The Italian project aims to provide interventions on agri-enterprise development such as microfinance support, and through capacity building and community infrastructure building,” Abella added.

“The DAR has always been with us through thick and thin. Whatever life throws at us, the DAR is always with us to lend a helping hand. This is another moment that they have given us the push and support that we need to make our association prosper. Our unending thanks is not enough to express the heartfelt gratitude we are feeling. Thank you, DAR and the Italian Project,” said Dante Almazan, president of Kalayaan CIA of Lutayan.

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DAR to distribute land titles to 44 agri graduates from the provinces of Cagayan and Palawan

Another milestone to the agricultural sector is set to happen on Friday, February 5, as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will have an inaugural distribution of certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) to 44 fresh graduates of agriculture-related courses, from the provinces of Cagayan and Palawan, to encourage the youth to engage in farming to keep the country’s food security on course.

DAR Secretary Brother John Castriciones said this is the first time that the department would give free lands to agricultural graduates to enable them to practice their profession in their farms and encourage the youth to embrace farming to reinforce the ageing sector, in which the average age of some 11 million Filipino farmers is 57.

Brother John divulged that there is a study that the country may a face shortage of farmers if the agricultural workforce would not be replenished and it was said that the number of students in agricultural courses was declining yearly by 1.5 percent that would weaken the agriculture sector.

“I believe that this incentive of awarding them lands will make the fresh graduates harness the farm lots they will receive since these will serve as their “farm laboratories” on which they could apply the theories and best practices that they learned from their schooling and that would benefit millions of Filipinos in ensuring food security,” Brother John said.

The agrarian reform chief said the land for distribution are unused government-owned lands (GOLs), subjected under Executive Order (EO) No. 75, Series of 2019.

EO No. 75, Series of 2019, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 1, 2019, to facilitate the process of subjecting GOLs under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“The DAR has identified about 230,000 hectares of unused GOLs in the country. Portions of lands in the Cagayan State Univerity (CSU) in Lallo, Cagayan and the Busuanga Pasture Reserve (BPR) in Busuanga, Palawan, will be awarded to the graduates,” Brother John said.

The recipients of farmlands in CSU include Gilmar Jay Acebedo, lvin Agcaoili, Juanito Agluba Jr., Noel Compra, Julius John Dela Cruz, Welfredo Gacusan Jr.,  Victorino Lagudoy, Murphy Maingag, Manuel Kriston,Adones Ohayas, Fernando Rabut, McReymart Rabut, Sherwin Ramos, Jarren Ador Raquepo, Hener Ribis, Leonardo Sumauang, Ryan Paul Uson, Angelito Vagay Jerome Usabal, Angelica Adatan, Marife Allag, Analyn Bugnalon, Rica Enorme, Vanessa Gacusan, Jemimah Guzman, Melissa Joy Israel, Karen Grace Justo, Pauline Ordillo, Roshel Torrena, and Vanessa Usabal.

While the recipients of farmlots in BPR  are Gensefil Manginsay, Rommel Cagmat, Abigail Lagrada, Sunshine Araza, Florelyn Gutib, Bethel Joy Libarra, Arman Bacnan, Marydel Llanillo, Shahanie Diacasin, Dexter Edonga, Grecia Nimorca, Ronalyn Olanas, Necille Onayan, and Necca Juanerio Cabajar.