Singer and Composer Mr. Anthony Castelo sang at the recently concluded event of the Department of Agrarian Reform where they gave 44 Certificate of Land Ownership Awards to agriculture graduates
DAR distributes 32 has. of agri lands in Negros Occidental-North
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed a total of 32 hectares of agricultural lands to uplift the lives of some 58 landless farmers identified by the DAR as agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Negros Occidental I.
Around 21 hectares of lands were awarded to 10 ARBs in Cadiz City involving the landholdings formerly owned by Concordia Paragat with OCT/TCT Number T-15609, covered by Lot Number Lot F-14-1625-D, located in Sitio Aluyan, Barangay Caduha-an, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
In the town of Toboso, 48 ARBs were installed to 11.27 has. of landholdings formerly owned by Albino dela Cruz / Philippine National Bank (PNB), with Title No. T-91343, identified as Lot No. 2776 situated at Barangay Bandila, Toboso, Negros Occidental.
Cadiz City Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Teresita Doromal said the properties were acquired under the land acquisition and distribution process of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which directs and mandates the DAR to redistribute government and private agricultural lands to the landless farmers.
“Agricultural landholdings are acquired by the government through the DAR to be distributed to tenants, farmers, farmworkers, and/or other tillers who are qualified to become ARBs,” Doromal explained.
Toboso MARPO Jasmin Castillo congratulated the new landowners and advised them to make the lands productive to uplift their economic stability. She also reminded them to always keep in mind their obligations to the land, particularly their payment on annual amortization and land tax.
“The DAR is here to help and guide the stakeholders. We will continue to follow our mandate to serve our farmer-beneficiaries,” Castillo said.
Bandila Barangay Captain Eulogio Julom, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the DAR for the lands they distributed.
“These lands will help boost the lands of my constituents. Thanks to the DAR and its officials for their continuing support to the small farmers,” Julom said.
With Negros Occidental I still under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the participants ensured that they observed the minimum health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH).
DAR-Aurora farmers’ coop buys its own tractor worth P1.2 Million
An agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO) assisted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province of Aurora bought its own four-wheeled tractor worth P1.2 million, sourced out from the cooperative’s income from year 2018 to 2020, which is expected to serve a total of 331 agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB)-members in the municipality of Casiguran, Aurora.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Joyce Ramones said the West Casiguran ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WeCaARBMPC), was a recipient of a common service facility project (CSF) in the last quarter of 2018, which included their first 4-wheeled tractor provided by the DAR under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Program (CRFPS).
“The provision of farm machines to the cooperative aims to improve farmers productivity, specifically their palay production, and also the earning capabilities of its ARB-members, in a sustainable manner, not only as an individual but more so as an organization,” Ramones noted.
WeCaARBMPC Chairman Virgilio Valencia Jr. said that members and non-members of the cooperative availed of the services of their first CSF 4-wheeled tractor which became operational in 2019, and through its operation, the cooperative was able to earn Php600,000.00 in 2019 and Php 270,000.00 in 2020.
He also disclosed that aside from the 4-wheeled tractor providing services to the 200 hectares palay area cultivated by the cooperative, WeCaARBMPC also offered Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) loan to its members with a credit line of more than Php 2 million.
“From our income sourced out from the cooperatives various projects, we were able to purchase our second 4-wheeled tractor that would provide another opportunity for the coop to increase its income and farm productivity,” Valencia said.
Ramones congratulated the WeCAARBMPC for being a self-reliant cooperative and for pursuing to elevate the well-being of its members and their economic status.