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									                    The DAR logo shows the Department’s acronym representing the institution and its
                    role as the lead agency in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
                    Program (CARP). The sun radiates its light into the field of green divided into 12 segments
                    representing the original 12 regions covered by the Program. Green stands for fertility
                    and productivity while yellow represents hope and a golden harvest for agrarian reform
                    beneficiaries who are the recipients of the services provided by the Department via CARP.
                    Both colors imply that economic growth and sound rural development can be achieved
                    through agrarian reform.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) leads the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program (CARP) through land tenure improvement, agrarian justice, and coordinated delivery of essential
support services to client-beneficiaries.

Equitable landownership with empowered agrarian reform beneficiaries who are effectively managing their
economic and social development for a better quality of life.

To lead in the implementation of agrarian reform and sustainable rural development in the country through land
tenure improvement and provision of integrated development services to landless farmers, farmworkers and
small landowner-cultivators, and the delivery of agrarian justice as key to long lasting peace, industrialization
and development in the countryside.

                              About the Cover
                               This year’s cover page presents the core activities of DAR in 2008 in pursuing its mandate as
                               lead implementor of agrarian reform. It also features the organizations and the people who were
                               DAR’s partners in rural development and who play a significant role in lobbying for the passage
                                of the CARP extension bill. Moreover, it conveys the Department’s commitment to continue the
                                program and to advocate for a better CARP law and program implementation, thus, coining the
                                phrase “Commitment to Advocacy, Reforms and Progress”.
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DepartMent of agrarian reforM
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                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

Message of the Secretary ................................................................................................. i
Messages of the Undersecretaries ................................................................................. ii
	      •	 Field	Operations	Office	 	
	      •	 Support	Services	Office	
	      •	 Legal	Affairs	Office	
	      •	 Finance	Management	and	Administration	Office	
	      •	 Policy,	Planning	and	External	Affairs	Office	
Foreword ...................................................................................................................... vii
DAR in CY2008 at a Glance ............................................................................................. 1
Highlights of CY2008 Accomplishments........................................................................ 5
	      I.		Land	Tenure	Improvement
	      	      a.			Land	Acquisition	and	Distribution	
						 	      b.			Leasehold	
	      II.	 Delivery	of	Agrarian	Justice	
						 	      a.			Agrarian	Legal	Assistance	
						 	      b.			Adjudication	of	Cases		
	      III.	 Program	Beneficiaries	Development		
								      a.			Agrarian	Reform	Community	(ARC)	Development		
								      b.			ARC	Level	of	Development	(ALDA)			
													c.			Social	Infrastructure	and	Local	Capability	Building		
	      	      	 1.	 Farmers’	Organization				
	      	      	 2	 Agrarian	Reform	Beneficiaries	Training	
													d.			Sustainable	Agribusiness	and	Rural	Enterprise	Development	
	      	      	 1.	 Management	of	Enterprises	
	      	      	 2.	 KALAHI	Farmers	Centers	
	      	      	 3.	 Credit	Programs	for	ARBs	
	      	      	 4.	 Marketing	Assistance	Program
	      	      	 5.		 ARB	Agribusiness	Entrepreneurship	Development	Program	(AREDP)
														e.			Access	Facilitation	and	Enhancement	Services	
	      	      	 1.	 Foreign	Resource	Mobilization		
	      	      	 2.	 Physical	Infrastructure	Projects	
	      	      	 3.	 Greater	Medical	Access	(GMA)	sa	Bayan-Anihan	
	      IV.	 Support	to	Operations	
								      a.	 Public	Relations	Information	and	Social	Marketing	
								      b.	 Formulation	of	Implementing	Guidelines	
								      c.	 Research	and	Policy	Studies	
								      d.	 Managing	the	Public	
	      	      	 1.	 Public	Assistance	and	Complaints	Coordinating	Unit	(PACCU)	
	      	      	 2.	 Quick	Response	Operations	(QROs)	
								 e.	 President	Diosdado	Macapagal	Agrarian	Reform	Scholarship	Program		
								      f.	 Human	Resources	Development		
CARP@20 Awardees ...................................................................................................... 17
Prospects ...................................................................................................................... 27
DAR Core Offices ......................................................................................................... 31
DAR Organizational Chart ............................................................................................. 38
Directory of DAR Officials and Offices ......................................................................... 39
Acknowledgment ......................................................................................................... 44
       hrough	 the	 years,	 the	 Department	 of	 Agrarian	 Reform	 has	
       been	part	of	the	government’s	efforts	to	alleviate	poverty	in	
       the	countryside	through	asset	redistribution	and	social	capital	
formation.	As	the	Comprehensive	Agrarian	Reform	Program	marks	
its	21st		anniversary	this	year,	the	DAR	renews	it	commitment	to	its	
stakeholders	to	uphold	its	Constitutional	mandate	to	implement	the	
agrarian	reform	program.		It	shall	continue	to	help	farmers	to	improve	
their	tenurial	status	and	access	support	services	to	spur	economic	
activity	and	promote	rural	growth	and	development.		

CY2008	is	quite	a	challenging	and	interesting	year	for	the	Department.	      	
Aside	 from	 the	 usual	 operational	 bottlenecks	 encountered	 in	
implementing	 CARP,	 the	 Department	 has	 to	 face	 the	 inevitable	
expiration	 of	 CARP	 funding	 on	 December	 31,	 2008	 pursuant	 to	
Republic	 Act	 No.	 8532.	 	 Nevertheless,	 it	 remained	 steadfast	 in	
lobbying	 for	 the	 passage	 of	 the	 CARP	 extension	 bill.	 It	 strived	 to	
complete	the	documentary	requirements	of	Congress	to	justify	the	
funding	extension	while	at	the	same	time	it	persevered	to	accomplish	
2008	targets	beyond	what	is	expected.		With	this,	we	are	proud	to	
report	that	we	have	distributed	146,274	hectares	or	112	%	of	our	
CY	2008	land	acquisition	and	distribution	target	to	90,738	agrarian	
reform	beneficiaries.	The	performance	vis-à-vis	the	target	is	so	far	
the	highest	since	1994.	In	terms	of	volume,	the	accomplishment	is	
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also	the	highest	since	1998.	For	program	beneficiaries	development,	
we	have	launched	2,100	agrarian	reform	communities	(ARCs)	and	98	
ARC	clusters	as	growth	areas	for	agri-business	development.		On	the	
delivery	of	agrarian	justice,	DAR	has	resolved	85,462	agrarian	related	
cases.	We	wanted	to	show	tangible	results	of	the	program.		This	is	
our	commitment	to	the	three	million	agrarian	reform	beneficiaries	
whose	only	hope	is	CARP.	

The	annual	report	chronicles	the	events	and	milestones	of	DAR	in	
CY	2008.	The	Department	is	grateful	to	all	agrarian	advocates	and	
supporters	---	farmers’	organizations,	civil	society	organizations,	non-
government	organizations,	members	of	Catholic	Bishops	Conference	
of	the	Philippines	(CBCP),	pro-agrarian	reform	legislators,	among	
others	---	who	joined	us	during	the	year	in	our	cause	to	extend	the	
life	of	CARP	beyond	2008.	Recognition	is	also	accorded	to	all	DAR	
officials	and	personnel	and	CARP	implementers	who	continued	to	
perform	their	jobs	well	in	spite	of	the	trying	times.	Your	commitment	
to	your	vocation	is	highly	commended.

In	the	end,	we	shall	continue	the	implementation	of	the	Comprehensive	
Agrarian	 Reform	 Program,	 and	 our	 Commitment	 to	 Advocacy,	
Reforms	and	Progress.	In	other	words,	we	shall	continue	C.A.R.P!

Maraming	salamat	at	mabuhay	tayong	lahat!


                           nce	again,	the	year	2008	is	another	laudable	year	for	the	
                           Department.		In	terms	of		land	acquisition	and	distribution,	
                           we	have		accomplished	beyond	our	projected	target.		Our	
                 activity	levels	remained	high.	We	delivered	the	goods	and	remained	
                 undaunted	 notwithstanding	 the	 operational	 bottlenecks	 and	 the	
                 difficulties	we	faced.	

                 The	year	2008	saw	a	significant		increase	in	our	land	distribution	
                 efforts.	The	number	of	hectares	distributed		grew	and	we	reached	
                 our	highest		performance	level	since	1994.	There	is	little	doubt	that	
                 our	labours	have	not	been	in	vain	and		I	am		particularly	pleased	of	
                 our		field	implementers	continuing	show	of	commitment		in	pursuing	
                 a	social	justice	program.	

                 However,	 there	 are	 still	 some	 concerns	 that	 need	 our	 utmost	
                 attention	to	ensure	that	the	program	continues	to	be	relevant	to	
                 the	lives	of	agrarian	reform	beneficiaries.				Foremost	is	the	need	
                 to	guarantee	that	compulsory	acquisition---the	heart	and	soul	of	
                 CARP—will	continue	to	be	the	primary	mode	of	redistribution	and	

Message of the   the	impetus	to	a	more	secure	land	tenure	for	our	beneficiaries.	

Undersecretary   The	year	2009	would	be	an	even	more		challenging	year	for	us	
                 as	we	are	compelled		to	redirect	our	focus	to	ensure	that	CARP	
                 would	still	continue	to	be	a	significant	program.	We	shall	strive	to	
                 achieve		accurate	databases,	cleanse	our	balances	and		process	
                 workable	lands.		These	would	be		challenging	endeavors	that	would	
                 once	again	require	our	collective	efforts	to	see	its	fruition.	We	are	
                 optimistic	that	results	of	our		pragmatic	steps		in	the	early	months	
                 of	2009	would	likewise	parallel	our	performance		in	2008.			

                 This	annual	report	does	not	only	document	our	collective		strength	
                 but	 also	 	 demonstrates	 our	 	 commitment,	 determination,	 and	
                 creativity	as	we	strive	to	make	DAR’s		vision		a	reality.

                 RENATO F. HERRERA
                 Field	Operations	Office

                                                                 2008 Annual Report   ii
        he	issue	of	agrarian	reform	has	become	more	pronounced	
        with	the	global	economic	crisis;	this	brings	into	fore	the	urgent	
        and	critical	need	to	fully	develop	our	agriculture,	which	is	the	
  backbone	 of	our	economy,	and	harness	 the	full	potentials	 of	our	
  farmers	who	till	the	land.

 It	is	not	surprising	why	our	legislators	put	premium	on	the	continued	
 and	 intensified	 support	 services	 delivery	 as	 they	 tackle	 the	
 extension	of	CARP.	Land	distribution,	as	studies	revealed,	must	be	
 accompanied	with	essential	development	interventions	e.g.,	capacity	
 development	of	agrarian	reform	beneficiaries	(ARBs),	strengthening	
 of	cooperatives	and	peoples’	organizations,	provision	of	physical	
 infrastructures,	 credit,	 marketing	 facilities,	 etc.	 to	 make	 the	 land	
 productive	and,	consequently,	increase	the	farm	household	income.	
 These	twin	objectives	summarize	the	purpose	of	our	crusade	in	the	
 Program	Beneficiaries	Development	(PBD)	sector.

  This	report,	which	presents	the	successes,	innovations,	best,	and	
  promising	practices	of	the	ARBs	and	their	communities,	is	a	testimony	
  of	the	results	of	our	interventions	and	the	impacts	of	asset	reform	
  and	support	services	delivery.		It	highlights	our	efforts	at	productivity	
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  improvement	both	in	the	ARCs	and	non-ARC	areas.		Likewise,	the	
  report	also	focuses	on	cases	that	narrate	the	empowerment	of	the	
  ARBs	and	their	organizations.	

  There	are	more	beautiful	and	success	stories	to	share	but	we	must	
  not	rest	on	these	laurels.		As	we	face	the	third	extension	of	CARP	
  and	 take	 stock	 of	 what	 we	 have	 done,	 we	 realize	 that:	 we	 must	
  consolidate	our	programs		and	projects	in	order	to	focus	on	what	is	
  urgent	and	important,	align	our	resources	and	undertakings	within	
  the	DAR	and	with	our	partners	to	maximize	our	limited	resources,	and	
  accelerate	our	combined	efforts	because	poverty	in	the	countryside	
  continue	to	take	its	toll	and	deprive	our	rural	folks	of	improved	quality	
  of	life.

 Hand	in	hand	with	our	stakeholders,	partners,	allies,	and	friends,	we	
 shall	continue	to	face	the	challenge	of	developing	a	broad-based	
 rural	economy	through	a	more	focused,	committed,	and	intensified	
 efforts	in	the	CARP	implementation.		Above	all,		we	shall	scale	up	the	
 impact	of	program	beneficiaries	development	in	answer	to	President	
 Gloria	Macapagal-Arroyo’s	challenge	of	“transforming our ARBs
 as successful agri-entrepreneurs.”

 Support	Services	Office

                        he	year	2008	was	a	year	of	change	and	challenge	to	the	
                        DAR.	 Congressional	 Joint	 Resolution	 No.	 1	 was	 passed	   	
                        extending	the	program	for	another	six	months	for	private	
                 agricultural	 lands	 already	 under	 Voluntary	 Offer	 to	 Sell	 (VOS)	
                 and	 Voluntary	 Land	 Transfer	 (VLT)	 schemes.	 The	 resolution	
                 drives	us	to	further	strengthen	our	intra-	and	inter-		partnerships	
                 to	cushion	the	impact	of	impending	legal	cases	on	land	acquisition	
                 and	 distribution.	 On	 the	 legal	 front,	 controversial	 cases	 drew	
                 attention	away	from	the	more	pressing	agenda	at	hand:	ensuring	
                 the	continuity	of	CARP	funding	beyond	2008.

                 Under	 the	 sea-changing	 circumstances,	 the	 DAR	 performed	
                 creditably	in	resolving	cases.	The	controversial	cases	particularly	
                 the	contested	144-hectare	and	123-hectare	properties		in	Sumilao,	
                 Bukidnon	and	Bula,	Camarines	Sur,	respectively,	were	resolved	
                 giving	the	farmers	equal	footing	in		the	law.		The	pace	of	resolution	
                 of	agrarian	cases	has	been	made	faster	and	we	have	continuously	
                 improved	in	reducing	the	number	of	pending	cases.		This	is		proof	
                 of	the	effectiveness		of	management	innovation	and	intervention	

Message of the   in	enhancing	program	performance	and	a	tribute	to	the	wisdom	of	
                 the		late	Undersecretary	Delfin	Samson’s	directive	to	accomplish	
Undersecretary   a	zero-balance		or	at	least	a		50	percent	receding	balance	in	the	
                 disposition	of	agrarian-related	cases.

                 While	we	continue	to	labor	amidst	obstacles	and	the	number	of	
                 lawyers	and	adjudicators	still	pale	in	comparison	to	the	volume	
                 of	cases	at	hand,	we	remained	steadfast	in	faithfully,	fairly	and	
                 promptly	serving	the	cause	of	agrarian	justice.	

                 The	agrarian	legal	sector	remains	undaunted	and	shall	continue	
                 to	step	forward	for		excellence.

                 ATTY. AUGUSTO P. QUIJANO
                 Legal	Affairs	Office

                                                                 2008 Annual Report   iv
        ver	the	years,	we	have	seen	the	fruits	of	our	labor.		We	take	
        pride	in	the	knowledge	that	we	have	dramatically	improved	
        the	lives	of	the	farmers.

Today,	 our	 mandate	 remains	 relevant	 and	 notwithstanding	 the	
challenges	that	require	us	to	restate	our	position,	we	shall	continue	
to	move	forward	in	our	quest	to	realize	our	vision.		It	is	imperative	
therefore	that	we	affirm	our	moral	and	administrative	responsibilities	
to	that	vision.		Together,	we	shall	remain	resolute	in	pushing	for	a	
CARP	Bill	that	will	provide	the	program	with	additional	funds	for	at	
least	the	next	five	years.		A	measure	that	would	provide	us	with	the	
wherewithal	to	see	the	program	through.

Meanwhile,	we	shall	continue	to	implement	programs	that	will	ensure	
effective	and	efficient	management	of	the	DAR	bureaucracy.		Our	
utmost	commitment,	efficiency	and	integrity	in	the	performance	of	our	
duties	is	enjoined.		With	God’s	grace,	we	shall	meet	the	challenge	
for	accelerated	service	to	program	beneficiaries.

We	shall	never	waver	in	our	commitment	to	finish	the	program.		It	is	
our	utmost	hope	that	our	efforts	to	keep	the	program	strong	would	
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not	be	in	vain.		Let	me	appeal	to	everyone	who	cares	about	good	
governance	to	help	us	create	a	department	with	integrity	and	instill	
in	our	public	a	passion	for	service.		The	ever-changing	environment	
invites	us	to	step	back	from	our	mundane	activities	and	seize	the	
treasured	opportunity	and	solemn	duty	we	fervently	hold:	to	make	a	
difference	in	the	lives	of	the	ARBs.

May	this	accomplishment	report	remind	us	that	the	true	measure	of	
our	worth	as	program	implementers	is	what	we	make	of	our	ARBs.

Mabuhay	tayong	lahat!

Finance,	Management	and	Administrative	Office	

                      he	 Policy,	 Planning	 and	 External	 Affairs	 Office	 with	 the	
                      support	of	all	sectors	including	the	field	offices	is	proud	to	
                      present	the	Annual	Report	of	the	Department	of	Agrarian	
                 Reform	for	CY	2008.

                 This	report	contains	pertinent	data	and	information	on	the	annual	
                 accomplishments	of	the	DAR	as	the	lead	agency,	with	the	support	
                 of	 other	 implementing	 agencies	 regarding	 the	 Comprehensive	
                 Agrarian	 Reform	 Program	 (CARP)	 according	 to	 its	 three	 core	
                 programs:		Land	Tenure	Improvement,	Agrarian	Justice	Delivery	
                 and	 Program	 Beneficiaries	 Development.	 As	 the	 report	 noted,	
                 we	 have	 attained	 our	 highest	 achievement	 under	 the	 Arroyo	
                 administration.	 To	 give	 the	 CARP	 interventions	 and	 outcomes	
                 a	 human	 face,	 the	 report	 features	 stories	 of	 agrarian	 reform	
                 beneficiaries,	 cooperatives	 and	 agrarian	 reform	 communities	
                 highlighting	 their	 respective	 transformation	 to	 improved	 well-
                 The	government’s	sincerity	in	pursuing	the	welfare	of	our	farmers	

Message of the   can	 be	 reflected	 in	 the	 Department’s	 satisfactory	 performance	
                 during	 the	 year.	 	 It	 is	 our	 hope	 that	 this	 report	 would	 be	 an	
Undersecretary   effective	medium	in	reaching	out	and	enlightening	the	legislators,	
                 researchers,	stakeholders	and	agrarian	reform	advocates	on	the	
                 effectiveness	of	the	CARP	and	draw	their	support	in	the	campaign	
                 for	its	continuing	relevance	by	the	passage	of	an	enhanced	CARP	

                 I	 would	 like	 to	 commend	 the	 men	 and	 women	 in	 the	 Planning	
                 Service	 for	 their	 continuing	 endeavor	 in	 the	 preparation	 and	
                 publication	of	the	CY	2008	DAR	Annual	Report.

                 GERUNDIO	C.	MADUEÑO
                 Policy,	Planning	and	External	Affairs	Office

                                                                   2008 Annual Report     vi
         his	year’s	annual	report	highlights	the	activities	and	milestones	of	
         DAR	in	CY2008	in	its	bid	to	extend	the	life	of	CARP	beyond	2008.	    	
         Among	the	crucial	events	during	the	year	was	the	Department’s	
 lobbying	for	the	passage	of	the	CARP	extension	bill.	For	many	months,	
 the	Planning	Service,	being	the	frontline	office	in	providing	data	and	
 information,	has	been	a	witness	to	the	Congressional	deliberations.	These	
 hearings	gave	DAR	an	opportunity	to	look	into	areas	of	improvement	
 on	 its	 service	 delivery	 to	 make	 the	 program	 more	 responsive	 to	 the	
 needs	of	its	stakeholders.	Consequently,	the	Department	firmed	up	its	
 databases	in	land	distribution	scope	and	accomplishments	to	provide	
 legislators	and	the	public	a	more	accurate	picture	of	the	magnitude	of	
 the	distribution	balances	and	extent	of	achievements.	It	also	effected	
 the	 profiling	 of	 CARP	 agrarian	 reform	 beneficiaries	 to	 generate	
 comprehensive	 clientele-information	 and	 monitor	 their	 status.	 These	
 initiatives	are	indicators	of	DAR’s	commitment	to	implement	an	agrarian	
 reform	program	that	is	truly	reflective	of	its	mandate.		Thus,	we	thought	
 it	would	be	appropriate	to	cull	a	new	meaning	of	CARP	to	correspond	
 with	 this	 year’s	 annual	 report	 theme	 as	 Commitment to Advocacy,
 Reforms and Progress.

 As	regards	DAR’s	performance,	the	year	also	saw	the	Department’s	
 highest	land	acquisition	and	distribution	accomplishment	in	14	years,	
 achieving	 112%	 of	 its	 target	 or	 146,274	 hectares.	 The	 provision	 of	
 support	services	to	farmer	beneficiaries	has	also	been	intensified	with	
 the	launching	of	additional	141	agrarian	reform	communities	and	the	
 extension	of	two	foreign–assisted	projects	costing	Php	27.122	billion	at	
 the	end	of	the	year.	Delivery	of	agrarian	justice	was	not	far	behind.	The	
 legal	sector	was	able	to	resolve	98%	of	its	agrarian	law	implementation	
 cases	target	while	DAR	adjudicators	decided	71%	of	its	case	load	for	
 the	year.	

 Also,	as	DAR	celebrated	CARP’s	20th	Anniversary,	this	report	features	
 distinguished	political,	social	and	religious	luminaries	and	dignitaries	
 awarded	 during	 the “CARP in Retrospect”	 who	 have	 contributed	
 valuable	 deeds	 in	 initiating	 and	 advancing	 the	 cause	 of	 agrarian	
 reform	and	rural	development.	Success	stories	of	individuals,	farmer’s	
 organizations	 and	 agrarian	 reform	 communities	 whereby	 DAR	 	 and	
 CARP	were	instrumental	in	changing	and	uplifting	their	socio-economic	
 lives	were	also	included	to	inspire	readers	on	the	benefits	of	CARP.	

 Moreover,	the	Prospects	portion	provides	an	overview	of	DAR’s	CY2009	
 Operational	Directives	in	view	of	the	Joint	Congressional	Resolution	No.	
 1	issued	by	Congress	as	a	measure	extending	the	program	for	another	
 six	months	(January	to	June	2009)	for	private	agricultural		lands	already	
 under	the	VOS	and	VLT	schemes.

 May	 this	 report	 be	 a	 rich	 source	 of	 information	 and	 a	 tool	 to	 better	
 understand	the	significance	of	the	program	to	rural	development	and	
 justify	DAR’s	resolve	in	pursuing	CARP	beyond	2008.	

 Maraming	salamat	po.

 Director,	Planning	Service

DAR in CY 2008
        At a Glance
DAR	in	CY	2008	at	a	Glance

         ontinuing the Advocacy for Reform and Progress.
         This	 was	 DAR’s	 battlecry	 in	 2008	 as	 it	 approached	
         the	expiration	of	the	10-year	CARP	funding	extension	
provided	 under	 Republic	 Act	 8532.	 Being	 a	 constitutional	
mandate,	 the	 Department	 believes	 that	 agrarian	 reform	 is	
a	continuing	program	of	the	State	to	promote	social	justice	
and	move	the	nation	toward	sound	rural	development.		The	
question	 however	 lies	 on	 whether	 it	 will	 still	 be	 part	 of	 the	
priority	 agenda	 of	 the	 government	 in	 the	 next	 five	 years.	     	
Thus,	many	of	DAR’s	activities	during	the	year	were	geared	
towards	lobbying	for	the	passage	of	the	CARP	bill	that	would	
extend	 the	 program	 funding	 support	 beyond	 2008.	 These	
include	but	were	not	limited	to:
                                                                                  Sec. Nasser C. Pangandaman during a farmers rally at DARCO
•       Simultaneous         CARP          Extension           Bill    Advocacy

	       As	early	as	CY	2007,	DAR	has	exerted	efforts	to	advocate	
        the	proposed	CARP	extension	bill	nationwide.	Together	
        with	 agrarian	 reform	 supporters	 such	 as	 the	 members	
        of	 the	 Catholic	 Bishops	 Conference	 of	 the	 Philippines	
        (CBCP),	civil	society	and	non-government	organizations,	
        the	Department		h e l d 	 i n f o r m a t i o n 	dissemination	
        campaigns	on	the	importance	of	CARP,	the	implications	
        of	the	termination	of	the	program	and	the	salient	features	
        of	the	proposed	CARP	extension	bill.	DAR	also	utilized	
        these	activities	as	opportunities	to	increase	the	public’s	

                                                                                          Prayer rally for CARP extension in Congress

                                 Consultation meeting with
                       Civil Society Organizations at Innotech, Q.C.                Agrarian Reform Summit with CBCP at Pope Pious, Manila

              AR summit with members of CBCP, Sen. Pimentel and Cong. Mitra                    CARP Public Hearing in Mindanao

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     awareness	as	well	as	solicit	their	support	to	lobby	for	the	passage	of	the	said	bill.	Agrarian	reform	scenario	b u i l d i n g	
     c o n f e r e n c e s 	and	summits,	and	Bishops-Legislators	caucus	were	also	held	to	gather	recommendations	on	policy	
     reforms	on	the	CARP	extension	bill	to	address	critical	agrarian	issues	and	to	be	responsive	to	the	dynamic	character	
     of	the	program.	

	    Undoubtedly,	the	advocacy	work	has	received	unprecedented	support	from	organized	farmers	and	other	stakeholders.	
     With	a	common	purpose,	the	DAR’s	partnership	with	peasant	groups	has	strengthened	and	now	extends	all	the	way	
     to	the	grassroots	level.		The	DAR	also	saw	the	support	of	both	the	local	and	foreign	donor	communities,	if	only	to	
     ensure	that	the	gains	of	the	program	are	sustained.

•	   Congressional Hearings

	    With	 lobbying	 of	 the	
     proposed	              CARP	
     extension	      bill,	  DAR	
     officials	 frequented	 the	
     session	halls	of	the	Lower	
     House	 and	 Senate	 to	
     substantiate	 the	 essence	                 Senate Hearing
     of	extending	the	funding	of	
     the	program.	The	hearings	provided	DAR	opportunities	to	look	
     into	areas	of	improvement	on	program	implementation.	More	
     specifically,	DAR	firmed	up	its	databases	particularly	in	land	
     distribution	scope	and	accomplishments	to	provide	legislators	        Congresswoman Baraquel with Civil Society Organizations
     and	the	public	 a	more	accurate	picture	of	 the	 magnitude	 of	                   and CBCP representatives
     the	 distribution	 balances	 and	 extent	 of	 achievements.	 DAR	
     also	effected	the	profiling	of	CARP	agrarian	reform	beneficiaries	to	generate	comprehensive	clientele-information	
     and	monitor	their	status.	
• CARP 20th Anniversary Celebration

	    CY	 2008	 also	 marked	 the	 20th	 CARP	 Anniversary.	 DAR	
     commemorated	 this	 milestone	 with	 simple	 yet	 memorable	
     celebrations.	Highlighting	the	event	is	the	CARP	in	Retrospect	
     testimonial	banquet	for	distinguished	individuals	who	have	made	
                                              significant	 contributions	 to	
                                              the	agrarian	reform	program	
                                              in	 the	 past	 20	 years.	
                                              The	 awardees	 include	
                                              11	 Legislators	 and	 one	
                                              former	 Cabinet	 Secretary,	    	
                                              these	 are:	 Senators	 Jovito	
                                              R.	 Salonga,	 Heherson	               Sec. Pangandaman addressing the guests and awardees
                                              T.	 Alvarez,	 Gregorio	 B.	
                                              Honasan	 II,	 Congressmen	 Jose	 C.	 De	 Venecia,	 Jr.,	 Edcel	 C.	 Lagman,	 Jose	
     Sen. Alvarez as one of the CARP honorees S.	Cojuangco,	Jr.,	Gregorio	T.	Ipong,	Junie	E.	Cua,	and	former	DAR	Secretary	
                                              Ernesto	 D.	 Garilao.	 	 Post-humus	 awards	 were	 also	 given	 to	 the	 late	 Senator	
                                              Raul	S.	Roco	and	Congressmen	Ramon	V.	Mitra	and	Bonifacio	H.	Gillego.	The	
                                              affair	 was	 also	 graced	 by	 prominent	 guests	 such	 as	 Most	 Reverend	 Antonio	
                                              J.	 Ledesma	 of	 CBCP,	 Party	 List	 Representative	 Honorable	 Ana	 Theresia	
                                              Hontiveros-Baraquel,	House	Committee	on	Agrarian	Reform	Chair	Honorable	
                                              Elias	 C.	 Bulut,	 Landowner	 Representative	 to	 the	 PARC	 Atty.	 Eduardo	 F.	
                                              Hernandez,	CARP	advocates	and	supporters,	DAR	officials	and	employees.		

                                            Another	 CARP	 celebration	 ceremony	 held	 was	 the	 awarding	 of	 the	 Most	
                                            Progressive	ARC	and	ARB	Organization,	and	Most	Outstanding	Agrarian	Reform	
          CARP celebration in Region II
                                            Beneficiary	 by	island	 group.	 The	event	 aims	to	 recognize	 the	 valuable	 deeds	

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        and	contributions	of	the	awardees	to	the	cause	of	agrarian	reform	and	rural	development.	This	also	documents	the	
        impacts	of	CARP	to	agrarian	reform	beneficiaries,	agrarian	reform	organizations	and	to	the	community	which	are	
        evidences	of	DAR’s	contribution	to	the	upliftment	of	their	socio-economic	lives.	
•       More Aggressive Program Implementation

	       Notwithstanding	 the	 uncertainties,	 DAR	 continued	 to	 perform	
        its	 mandate	 and	 sought	 to	 improve	 program	 implementation	
        beyond	 what	 is	 expected.	 	 The	 pace	 of	 land	 distribution	 and	
        the	 resolution	 of	 agrarian	 cases	 have	 been	 made	 faster,	 and	
        the	 delivery	 of	 support	 services	 became	 more	 responsive.	     	
        Accomplishment	 in	 land	 distribution	 during	 the	 period	 under	
        review	vis-à-vis	its	target	for	the	year	reached	112	percent—the	
        highest	performance	rate	since	1994.	

	       The	legal	sector	on	the	one	hand,	has	continuously	improved	
        in	 reducing	 the	 number	 of	 pending	 cases.	 	 Controversial	
        cases	 were	 also	 resolved	 giving	 the	 farmers	 equal	 footing	 if	               Resolution of the Sumilao case in Malacanang
        not	 favorable	 ruling	 in	 the	 law.	 During	 the	 first	 quarter	 of	 the	
        year,	 the	 DAR	 and	 Catholic	 Church	 leaders	 were	 instrumental	 in	 settling	 the	 feud	 between	 San	 Miguel	 Foods,	
        Inc.	(SMFI)	and	farmer	beneficiaries	over	the	144-hectare	agricultural	land	in	Sumilao,	Bukidnon.	The	contending	
        parties	finally	agreed	to	a	win-win	solution	whereby	SMFI	donated	50	hectares	of	the	contested	property	to	the	
                                                                farmers	while	the	remaining	94	hectares	are	to	be	taken	from	other	
                                                                properties	within	the	vicinity	of	the	contested	area.	In	another	case,	
                                                                the	DAR	reinstated	the	claim	of	57	farmer	beneficiaries	over	the	123	
                                                                hectare	property	in	Bula,	Camarines	Sur.	The	Department	granted	
                                                                the	motions	for	intervention	and	reconsideration	of	the	farmers	after	
                                                                determining	 that	 the	 reason	 for	 the	 exemption	 of	 the	 property	 no	
                                                                longer	exists.		This	reverts	the	landholding	under	CARP	coverage	
                                                                and	for	distribution	to	the	concerned	farmer	beneficiaries.	

                                                                      The	 DAR	 likewise	 still	 enjoys	 support	 from	 foreign	 bilateral	 and	
                                                                      multi-lateral	institutions	to	sustain	development	activities	in	Agrarian	
                                                                      Reform	Communities,	or	ARCs.	During	the	year,	DAR	provided	768	
                                                                      projects	with	an	aggregate	cost	of	PhP2.605	billion	while	two	project	
                                                                      extensions	were	approved	for	implementation	on	the	first	quarter	of	
         Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project MOA signing

These	tangible	results	are	the	ultimate	testimony	of	DAR’s	resolved	to	continue	implementing	CARP.	It	shall	continue	
to	persevere	and	pull	through	until	the	goals	of	the	program	are	realized.	

Towards	the	end	of	the	year,	despite		the	imperatives	of	agrarian	
reform	 and	 the	 unwavering	 support	 of	 	 stakeholders	 and	
implementers,	both	Houses	of	Congress,	in	lieu	of	a	law,		passed	
Joint	 Congressional	 Resolution	 No.	 1,	 extending	 the	 program	 for	
another	six	months	(January	to	June	2009)	for	private	agricultural	     	
lands	already	under	the	VOS	and	VLT	schemes.			The	resolution,	
while	 may	 be	 lauded	 for	 ensuring	 the	 continuous	 provision	 of	  	
interventions	 at	 the	 farm	 level,	 effectively	 excludes	 the	 “heart	
and	 soul”	 of	 the	 program—compulsory	 acquisition	 (CA)	 of	 private	
agricultural	lands.		The	resolution,	however,	is	not	considered	as	a	
set	back	by	the	DAR.	Rather,	the	DAR	sees	it	as	a	small	success	
in	ensuring	the	continuity	of	an	equity	measure	that	contributes	to	
peace,	stability	and	progress	in	the	rural	communities.	
                                                                                                     HOR deliberation on CARP extension bill

of CY 2008 Accomplishments
Highlights	of	CY	2008	Accomplishments

        he	 DAR	 as	 the	 lead	 implementor	 of	 CARP	 implements	
        the	 program	 in	 three	 major	 components:	 land	 tenure	
        improvement	 (LTI),	 delivery	 of	 agrarian	 justice	 (DAJ)	 and	
program	 beneficiaries	 development	 (PBD).	 	 Special	 programs	
and	projects	as	support	to	operations	are	also	being	implemented	
to	 effectively	 carry	 out	 the	 goals	 of	 CARP.	 For	 CY	 2008,	 DAR	
performed	beyond	its	physical	targets	notwithstanding		the	concerns	
for	 CARP	 extension,	 operational	 bottlenecks	 	 and	 budgetary	
constraints,	among	others.	The	following	are	the	highlights	of	the	
Department’s	over-all	performance	for	the	year	under	review:


         The	 LTI	 component	 seeks	 to	 secure	 the	 tenurial	 status	 of	
         the	 farmers	 and	 farmworkers	 in	 the	 lands	 they	 till.	 This	 is	
         operationalized	either	through	land	acquisition	and	distribution	                   CLOA distribution in Maguindanao
         (LAD)		or	leasehold	operations.		LAD	involves	the	redistribution	
         of	government	and	private	agricultural	lands	to	landless	farmers	and	farmworkers.	
         Leasehold	 operation,	 on	 the	 other	 hand,	 is	 an	 alternative	 non-land	 transfer	
         scheme	which	seeks	to	improve	the	quality	of	life	of	the	farmers.	It	covers	all	
         tenanted	agricultural	lands	such	those	in	the	retained	areas,	not	yet	acquired	
         for	 distribution	 under	 CARP,	 and	 those	 which	 may	 be	 validly	 covered	 under	
         existing	laws.	

         a. Land Acquisition and Distribution 	

             January to December 2008.		For	the	period	under	review,	the	Department	
             distributed	 146,274	 hectares	 of	 agricultural	 lands,	 transforming	 90,738	     	
             landless	farmers	into	landowners.			The	total	area	distributed		during	the	
             period	 is	 equivalent	 to	 112	 percent	 of	 the	 130,000-hectare	 target	 for	 the	
             year.		The	performance	vis-à-vis	the	target	is	so	far	the	highest	since	1994.	                                CLOA awardee
             In	terms	of	volume,	the	accomplishment	is	also	the	highest	since	1998.

                                                                                The	area	distributed	during	the	period	comprised	85,632	
                                                                                hectares	(59	percent)	of	private	agricultural	lands	(PAL)	
                                                                                and	60,642	hectares	(41	percent)	of	non-PAL.		Out	of	the	
                                                                                PAL	 distributed,	 56,401	 hectares	 are	 lands	 voluntarily	
                                                                                transfered	to	ARBs	(VLT/DPS),	15,198	hectares	are	lands	
                                                                                voluntarily	 	 offered	 for	 sale	 (VOS)	 to	 the	 government,	
                                                                                7,828	hectares	are	lands	compulsorily	acquired	(CA)	by	
                                                                                the	government,	3,458	hectares	are	rice	and	corn	lands	
                                                                                under	the		Operation	Land	Transfer	(OLT)	Program,	and	
                                                                                2,746	hectares	are	government	financing	institution	(GFI)1	
                                                                                lands.		Non-PAL	lands,	on	the	other	hand	are	comprised	
                                                                                of	government-owned/Kilusang	Kabuhayan	at	Kaunlaran	
                                                                                (GOL/KKK)	 lands	 (43,553	 hectares),	 settlement	 lands	
                                                                                (16,901	 hectares)	 and	 landed	 estates	 (187	 hectares).	   	
                                                                                Details	are	shown	in	Figure	1.

                                                                     Cumulative Accomplishment (1972 to December
                                                                     2008).	The	Department	has	already	distributed	a	total	of	
             4,106,528	hectares,	or	80	percent	of	the	land	distribution	scope	of	DAR	of	5,163,7512		hectares.	Approximately	
             2,326,824	hectares	or	57	percent	of	these	are	PAL	lands.		Non-PAL	lands	account	for	43	percent	(1,779,704	
     GFI lands are agricultural lands owned/foreclosed by government financial institutions and turned over to DAR for distribution to landless farmers
     under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
     DAR’s revised land distribution scope is derived by adding the cumulative LAD accomplishment as of December 2006 and the PARC-approved
     LAD balance as of December 2006 of 1,337,537 hectares. The said balance was approved by PARC through Resolution No. 2006-101-02.

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    hectares)	of	the	total	area	distributed.		Total	number	of	
    ARBs	benefited	has	already	reached	2,387,479.		Details	
    of	the	accomplishment	are	presented	in	Figure	2.		

b. Leasehold Operation

    For	 the	 period	 January	 to	 December	 2008,	 the	
    Department	 placed	 under	 leasehold	 26,331	 hectares	
    benefiting	9,885	tenant-tillers.		The	accomplishment	in	
    terms	of	area	and	number	of	ARBs	covered	represents	
    132	percent	and	94	percent	of	the	target	for	the	year	of	
    20,000	hectares	and	10,535	ARBs,	respectively.	

    Figure	3	shows	the	accomplishment	vis-à-vis	the	target	
    for	the	period.

    As	of	the	end	of	December	2008,	a	total	of	1,686,045	
    hectares	have	been	placed	under	leasehold	benefiting	1,190,913	ARBs.	

The	significant	accomplishments	in	LTI	is	a	testament	to	the	DAR’s	aggressive	stance	in	protecting	the	tenure	of	
farmers	on	lands	they	till.		The	support	from	organized	farmers	and	peoples’	organizations	as	well	as	the	streamlining	
                                                           of	 operational	 procedures	 have	 greatly	 contributed	 to	 the	
                                                           DAR’s	performance	in	LTI.	

                                                             II.     DELIVERY OF AGRARIAN JUSTICE

                                                                     Delivery	 of	 agrarian	 justice	 has	 two	 features:	 the	
                                                                     agrarian	legal	assistance	and	adjudication	of	cases.	
                                                                     Agrarian	legal	assistance	is	comprised	of	resolution	
                                                                     of	 agrarian	 law	 implementation	 (ALI)	 cases,	 ARB	
                                                                     representation	before	judicial	and	quasi-judicial	bodies,	
                                                                     and	mediation	and	conciliation.		On	the	other	hand,	
                                                                     adjudication	of	cases	involves	the	resolution	of	cases	
                                                                     by	the	DAR	adjudication	board	(DARAB)	and	any	of	
                                                                     its	salas.		The	following	are	the	accomplishments	of	
                                                                     the	legal	sector	for	the	period	under	review:

                                                                                  Fig. 4. Accomplishment in ALA
                                                                                     (January - December 2008)
a. Agrarian Legal Assistance

    1. Resolution of Agrarian Law Implementation

        From	 January	 to	 December	 2008,	 DAR	 lawyers	
        were	 able	 to	 resolve	 40,958	 ALI	 cases	 out	 of	 a	
        caseload	of	42,732	cases	for	a	high	resolution	rate	
        of	96	percent.		The	performance	also	exceeds	the	
        funded	 target	 for	 the	 year	 of	 28,000	 cases	 by	 46	
        percent	or	14,732	cases.		

        As	of	the	end	of	December	2008,	1,774	ALI	cases	
        still	await	resolution.	Approximately	92	percent	of	
        these	 pending	 ALI	 cases	 are	 aged	 one	 year	 and	

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             2. ARB Representation Before Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Courts

                 •	 Judicial	Cases3	

                    For	the	year	2008,	DAR	lawyers	represented	ARBs	in	2,136	judicial	cases	or	69	percent	of	the	total	caseload	
                    of	3,108	cases.		Total	number	of	pending	cases	as	of	end	of	December	2008	stands	at	972	cases.

                 •	 Quasi-Judicial	Cases4	
                    For	the	period	under	review,	DAR	lawyers	represented	ARBs	in	18,927	quasi-judicial	cases,	equivalent	
                   to	88	percent	of	the	total	caseload	of	21,543	cases.	As	of	December	2008,	a	total	of	2,616	cases	remain	
             3. Mediation and Conciliation of Agrarian Disputes

                 The	DAR	also	employs	alternative	dispute	resolution	schemes,	such	as	conduct	of	mediation	and	conciliation	
                 of	agrarian	conflicts	to	arrest	their	transformation	into	full	blown	cases,	which	generally	are	lengthier	and	
                 more	costly	to	resolve.	

                 For	the	period	covered,	DAR	settled	a	total	of	37,876	disputes	---	an	almost	100	percent	resolution	rate	
                 against	the	caseload	of	37,924	cases.			As	of	December	2008,	only	48	cases	remain	to	be	settled.		

                 It	is	worthy	to	mention	that		the	number	of	cases	has	been	decreasing	over	the	years.	In	fact,	as	of	end	of	
                 2008,	a	number	of	regions	have	already	attained	zero	balances	in	conflicts	mediation		and	resolution	of	ALI	
                 cases.	This	is	largely	due	to	the	DAR	legal	sector’s	commitment	to	attain	zero-balance	in	pending	cases,	or	
                 to	at	least	reduce	50	percent	of	the	number	of	pending	cases	relative	to	the	preceding	year.		A	zero-ageing	
                 or	a	1-year	maximum	case	resolution/disposition	rate	is	likewise	encouraged.
        b.   Adjudication of Cases

             The	DAR	Adjudication	Board	(DARAB)	
             and	 its	 regional	 and	 provincial	
             adjudicators	 hear	 and	 decide	 all	
             agrarian	 cases	 and	 disputes	 within	
             their	 respective	 jurisdictions.	 The	
             nature	of	cases	handled	includes	just	
             compensation	and	regular	cases	such	
             as	ejectment,	fixing	and	collection	of	
             lease	rentals,	reinstatement/recovery	
             of	 possession,	 cancellation	 of	 EP/
             CLOA,	among	others.

             At	the	start	of	the	year,	there	were	
             8,780	pending	cases	for	resolution.	      	
             An	 additional	 24,180	 cases	 were	
             received	from	January	to	December	
             2008	 bringing	 the	 total	 caseload	
             for	 the	 year	 to	 32,960	 cases.	 	 Of	 these,	 23,441	 cases	 or	 71	 percent	 of	 the	 caseload	 were	 resolved.	 This	
             accomplishment	is	also	equivalent	to	138	percent	of	the	year’s	funded	target	of	17,000	cases.		Figure	5	presents	
             the	details	on	resolution	of	DARAB	cases	by	region.

             The	“high”	resolution	rate	of	pending	cases	is	a	testament	of	the	DAR’s	resolve	to	reduce	ageing	of	cases	and	
             balances	through	fast-tracking	sessions	which	are	intended	to	speed	up	resolution	of	cases	appealed	before	
             the	DARAB,	and	the	prioritization	for	resolution	of	flashpoint	and	high-impact	cases.

    Judicial or court cases include qualified theft, forcible entry, malicious mischief, among others, filed by or against ARBs.
    Quai-judicial cases include fixing of lease rental, termination of leasehold contracts, ejectment cases, among others.

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III. Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD)

      PBD	 is	 the	 support	 services	 component	 of	 CARP.	 	 It	 aims	 to	 capacitate	 ARBs	 and	 provide	 them	 access	 to	 the	
      necessary	 support	 services	 to	 make	 their	 lands	 more	 productive,	 enable	 them	 to	 venture	 in	 income	 generating	
      livelihood	projects	and	actively	participate	in	community	governance.	To	address	the	different	development	concerns	
      of	as	many	areas	as	possible,	the	DAR	has	devised	the	following	programs	and	strategies:	
      a. Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) Development

           ARCs and SARCs5 .		ARC	development	is	a	strategy	adopted	by	DAR	to	optimize	the	use	of	limited	financial	
           resources	in	showcasing	the	impact	of	CARP.	ARCs	are	clusters	of	land	reformed	barangays	in	a	municipality	
           where	farmers	and	farmers	are	awaiting	full	implementation	of	agrarian	reform.		However,	the	growing	demand	for	
           support	services	to	farmers	in	other	areas,	and	the	recognized	potential	for	growth	of	these	areas,	necessitated	
           the	adoption	of	yet	another	intervention	mechanism	which	shall	complement	the	ARC	Development	Program.	
           Thus,	the	Special	ARC	Concept	or	SARC	was	launched	in	2007.		SARCs	are	agrarian	reform	areas	under	
           special	or	distinct	settings	with	limited	or	dismal	development	interventions	and	would	thus	require	customized	
           development	assistance.

           For	the	year	2008,	141	ARCs/SARCs	(72	ARCs	and	69	SARCs)	were	confirmed	and	launched	by	the	DAR.		This	
           brings	to	2,100	the	total	ARCs/SARCs	launched	to	date.		These	ARCs/SARCs	are	spread	in	1,262	municipalities	
           and	 9,131	 barangays	 nationwide	 and	 the	 same	 are	 now	 recipients	 of	 various	 interventions	 on	 land	 tenure	
           improvement	and	program	beneficiaries	development.			

           ARC Connectivity/Cluster Development (ARC-CD).	The	DAR	also	implements	the	ARC	Connectivity	strategy	
           specifically	to	reach	out	to	a	greater	number	of	ARBs	including	those	in	the	non-ARC	areas.	It	is	an	enhanced	
           ARC	development	strategy	with	an	intra-provincial	approach	that	focuses	on	cluster(s)	of	ARCs	where	there	is	a	
           critical	mass	of	beneficiaries	implemented.	The	development	of	the	cluster(s)	is	largely	for	economies	of	scale,	
           and	builds	on	the	strength	of	higher	level	of	ARCs.

           As	of	December	2008,	98	ARC	clusters	involving	1.5	million	hectares	of	production	area	have	been	identified	
           nationwide.	Of	these,	91	were	confirmed	and	have	prepared	63	agribusiness	plans	and	14	ARC	clusters	plan.	
           These	clusters	are	seen	to	benefit	640,284	ARBs	and	870,276	non-ARBs	in	the	countryside.	

      b. ARC Level of Development Assessment (ALDA)

           The	 DAR	 through	 the	 Bureau	 of	 Agrarian	 Reform	
           Beneficiaries	Development	(BARBD)	conducts	an	annual	
           assessment	 of	 ARCs’	 level	 of	 development.	 In	 its	 12th	
           year,	BARBD	together	with	the	DAR	field	offices,	assessed	
           the	levels	of	1,778	ARCs	or	85	percent	of	the	2,100	ARCs	
           nationwide6.	As	of	2008,	more	than	50%	(935	ARCs)	are	
           in	level	5,	26%	(455	ARCs)	in	level	4,	14%	(256	ARCs)	
           in	level	3,	5%	(95	ARCs)	in	level	2	and	2%	(37	ARCs)	
           in	level	1.

           Figure	 6	 shows	 the	 current	 levels	 of	 development	 of	

           It	is	worthy	to	note	that	the	2008	ALDA	recorded	the	highest	increase	in	terms	of	improvement	on	levels	of	
           development	of	ARCs.		This	is	expected	mainly	due	to	the	gamut	of	interventions	poured	in	these	areas.		

    Include accomplishments and interventions in ARMM provinces.
    Includes ARMM.

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         c. Social Infrastructure and Local Capability Building (SILCAB)

            1. Farmers’ Organization7                                          Figure 7. Levels of Maturity of Farmer’s Organizations

                As	 of	 end	 of	 2008,	 there	 are	 now	 5,961	 farmers’	
                organizations	 with	 total	 membership	 of	 709,219	
                farmers,	 of	 which	 423,354	 (60%)	 are	 ARBs.	 To	
                carry-out	their	operations,	members	engage	in	capital	                                                        25.41
                build-up	and	savings	mobilization	schemes	for	which	                                                          11.27
                they	 were	 able	 to	 generate	 PhP1.83	 billion.	 These	                                                     14.25
                organizations	 are	 engaged	 in	 various	 agriculture-                                                        15.44
                based	 businesses	 with	 	 total	 assets	 valued	 at	                                                         33.63

                                                                         PhP10.49	 billion.	 On	 the	 other	 hand,	 their	 combined	
                                                                         liabilities	 stood	 at	 PhP8.90	 billion	 generating	 positive	
                                                                         net	worth	of	PhP1.59	billion.

                                                                         These	organizations	are	also	evaluated	to	gauge	their	
                                                                         maturity	or	functional	ability.		Of	the	4,766	organizations	
                                                                         assessed,	 34%	 (1,603	 organizations)	 are	 in	 level	
                                                                         5,		5%	(736)	are	in	level	4,	14%	(679)	are	in	level	3,	    	
                          Regular	farmer’s	organization	meeting
                                                                         11%	(537)	are	level	2	and	25%	(1,211)	are	in	level	1.	
                                                                         Figure	7	shows	the	current	levels	of	maturity	of	farmers’	

            2. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Training

                For	 the	 period	 under	 review,	 the	 Department	 trained	 103,656	 ARBs,	 which	 is	 102	 percent	 of	 the	 target	
                for	the	year	of			101,533	ARBs.		These	trainings	are	essential	for	the	improvement	of	the	ARBs’	skills	and	
                bankability,	and	for	their	empowerment	as	catalyst	of	rural	development.	The	courses	most	attended	by	
                ARBs	during	the	year	are	the	Organizational	Development,	Organizational			Management	and	Financial	
                Management	trainings.	

         d. Sustainable Agribusiness and Rural Enterprise Development (SARED)

            1. Management of Enterprises

                Interventions	provided	to	ARBs	are	geared	at	enabling	them	to	eventually	own,	operate	and	manage	their	
                farm,	non-farm	and	off-farm	enterprises.		For	the	period	under	review,	813	organizations	and	74,078	ARBs	
                were	 able	 to	 operate	 and	 manage	 	 enterprises.	 	 This	 brings	 to	 4,661	 and	 318,435	 the	 total	 number	 of	
                organizations	and	ARBs,	respectively,	already		operating	and	managing	their	enterprises.			

            2. KALAHI Farmers’ Centers8 (KFC)

                The	 Kabisig	 Laban	 sa	 Kahirapan	 or	
                KALAHI	 Farmers’	 Center	 (KFC)	 is	 a	
                strategy	 wherein	 DAR,	 state	 colleges	
                and	universities,	and	other	government	
                instrumentalities	 harmonize	 their	
                programs	 and	 projects	 and	 integrate	
                their	resources	to	put	up	one-stop-shop	
                centers	where	ARBs	can	easily	access	
                basic	services.		                                     KFC Davao Oriental                       KFC Surigao

    Includes ARMM; as of September 2008.
    Actual data is as of September 2008; source: BARBD.

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             As	of	2008,	the	Department	has	so	far	facilitated	the	establishment	of	94	KFCs	nationwide.		Benefiting	from	
             these	KFCs	are	67,953	farmers	comprising	of	46,049	ARBs	(68%)	and	21,904	non-ARBs	(32%).

             3. Credit Programs for ARBs
                   DAR	assists	farmers	to	access	credit	to	cater	to	the	funding	needs	of	their	
                   medium-and	large	scale	enterprise	ventures.		As	of		December	2008,	there	
                   are	two	on-going	credit	windows	available:	the	Credit	Assistance	Program	
                   for	Program	Beneficiaries	Development	(CAP-PBD)	(Window	II)	and	DAR	
                   –	Livelihood	Credit	Assistance	Program	(DAR-LCAP).	The	former	(Window	
                   II)		has	so	far	extended	loans	to	6	projects	mostly	for	rubber	replanting	
                   in	 Region	 IX	 and	 ARMM	 with	 a	 loan	 component	 of	 PhP123.92	 million	
                   benefiting	more	than	1,600	ARBs.		The	latter,	on	the	other	hand,	is	the	
                   most	availed	credit	program	by	ARBs	and	has	funded	several	enterprises	               Credit - Relending Business
                   such	as	livestock	and	poultry	production,	sari-sari	store	operations,	and	        Esperanza Multipurpose Cooperative,
                                                                                                                Aurora, Isabela
                   handicraft	making.		It	has	so	far	benefited	more	than	160,000	ARBs.	

             As	of	to	date,	a	total	of	1,578	projects	equivalent	to	Php	2.740	billion	have	been	funded	through	various	
             credit	instrumentalities	which	benefited	221,848	ARBs.	

         4. Marketing Assistance Program (MAP)

             This	 program	 provides	 information	 and	
             marketing	 assistance	 which	 enables	 ARBs	
             to	 access	 educational	 materials	 on	 current	
             trends	in	the	market,	improve	their	products	
             through	research,	promotion	and	packaging,	
             and	 link	 them	 with	 prospective	 buyers	 and	
             investors	through	market	matching.

             For	 the	 year,	 a	 total	 of	 617	 food	 and	 non- Marketing	Assistance	Program	-	Bagsakan	Center
             food	 products	 such	 as	 assorted	 handicrafts,	             BTSC	Balanga	ARC,	Bataan
             bottled	and	canned	food	products,	toiletries,	
             kitchenware	and	personal	accessories	have	been	developed	by	ARBs.				

                                                 Also	during	the	period,	571	trade	fairs	and	exhibits	were	held	nationwide	
                                                 (national	and	local	trade	fairs)	involving	peoples’	organizations	(POs)	and	
                                                 ARBs	in	various	ARCs.			The	largest	trade	fair	sponsored	by	DAR	is	the	
                                                 Annual	Agraryo	Trade	Fair	(ATF)	held	every	June	at	the	SM	Mega	Trade	
                                                 Hall.	The	event	is	in	collaboration	with	the	Philippine	Fruits	and	Vegetables	
                                                 Industries,	 Inc.	 	 (PhilFruits),	 DAR’s	 marketing	 arm,	 to	 showcase	 various	
                                                 ARC	 products	 nationwide.	 Now	 on	 its	 7th	 year,	 this	 year’s	 theme	 was	
                                                 entitled	“CARP@20	Towards	Food	Security:	Celebrating	ARBs’	Growth	and	
                                                 Success.”		It	brought	together	91	exhibitors	from	DAR’s	386	agrarian	reform	
                                                 communities	plus	55	private	entities	promoting		and	marketing	789	food	and	
             ATF	Opening	at	Megamall             non-food	products.	The	trade	fair	was	able	to	generate	a	total	cash	sales	of	
                                                                                             Php	4.9	million	and	negotiated	sales	
                                                                                             worth	P8.2	million.

                                                                                           Moreover,	a	total	of	1,565	contracts	
                                                                                           were	 signed	 between	 agri-business	
                                                                                           firms	 and	 ARBs	 in	 ARCs	 involving	
                                                                                           1,027	 peoples	 organizations	 for	
                                                                                           the	 year.	 	 Value	 of	 sales	 generated	
                                                                                           from	 this	 agreement	 amounted	 to	
                                                                                           PhP755.87	million.
                            ATF	Regional	Booths	(Regions	II	and	III)

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          5. ARB Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Development Program (AREDP)

                                                          The	 ARB	 Agribusiness	 Entrepreneurship	 Development	
                                                          Program	(AREDP)	was	created	as	the	Department’s	response	
                                                          to	the	Agribusiness	Cluster	Initiatives	on	developing	lands	into	
                                                          agribusiness	areas	to	spur	economic	activity	and	job	generation.	
                                                          The	 program	 is	 primarily	 involved	 in	 the	 establishment	 of	
                                                          sustainable	 value-adding	 agri-based	 enterprises	 catering	 to	
                                                          commodities	such	as	coconut,	rice,	sugar,	corn,	fruits,	vegetables,	
                                                          livestock	and	poultry.		It	is	also	engaged	in	the	development	and	
                                                          expansion	of	local	and	foreign	markets	for	high	quality	processed	
                                                          agricultural	products	in	partnership	with	the	Philippines	Fruits	and	
                                                          Vegetables	 Industries,	 Incorporated	 (PFVII),	 as	 the	 corporate	
                                                          arm	 of	 the	 DAR.	 It	 is	 presently	 implementing	 the	 following	
                                                          projects	in	partnership	with	other	national	government	agencies,	
                     Harvest	festival	in	Bukidnon        local	 government	 units,	 non-government	 organizations,	 and	
                                                         peoples’	 organizations:	 Sustainable Integrated Coconut Area
              Development Project (SICAD), Pineapple Growership Project (Pineapple Grow), Sugarcane Production for
              Bioenergy (Sugar Bio-E), Muscovado Sugar Production and Processing
              (MuscoSugar), Sustainable Upgrading of ARBs Production (SugarBP),
              Grains Production and Marketing System for Food Security (GrainSys),
              ARC Goat Stock Improvement: Buck Dispersal Project, Integrating and
              Establishing Ecological Agrarian Reform Center System (E-ARCS), Boost
              our Fruits: Processing of Selected Fruits in Batangas, Integrated Farm
              Modernization Project, Hog Production: Pa-iwi Scheme Project, and
              Integrated Crop-Livestock Production Project for Sumilao.
                                                                                                  AREDP	Project	in	Davao	Oriental
       e. Access Facilitation and Enhancement Services

          1. Foreign Resource Mobilization

          	   	Over	the	years,	the	DAR	Overseas	Development	Assistance	(ODA)	portfolio	has	increased	significantly.	
              This	 is	 an	 indication	 of	 the	 donors’	 satisfaction	 with	 DAR’s	 project	 implementation	 and	 high	 absorptive	
              capacity	in	fund	utilization.		The	projects	implemented	make	up	a	complete	package	of	support	services	to	
              ARBs	and	include,	among	others,		components	on	agricultural	productivity,	rural	finance,	and	community.	             	
              Specifically,	projects	are		classified	as:	1)	Physical	Infrastructure;	2)	Community	and	Institutional	Development;	
              3)	Agricultural	Productivity	and	Rural	Enterprise	Development;	4)	Basic	Social	Services;	5)	Gender	and	
              Development;		and	6)	Land	Tenure	Improvement.	

              As	of	December	2008,	the	Department	has	generated	                  Figure	8.	Source	of	Funding	by	Donor	Agency
              an	 aggregate	 amount	 of	 PhP76.269	 billion	 that	
              covered	 the	 financial	 requirements	 of	 	 58	 projects	 in	
              1,176	ARCs.	Of	this	amount,	PhP51.764	billion	(68	%)	
              came	 from	 loans,	 PhP6.156	 billion	 (8	 %)	 are	 grants	
              from	 multilateral	 and	 bilateral	 donors	 and	 financing	
              institutions,	and	PhP18.348	(24%)	were	put	up	by	the	
              Philippine	government	as	counterpart	fund.		

              Of	 the	 58	 projects,	 48	 projects	 worth	 PhP31.995	
              billion	have	been	completed,	eight	(8)	projects	with	a	
              total	cost	of	PhP17.152	billion	are	in	various	stages	of	
              implementation	and	two	(2)	projects	costing	PhP27.122	
              billion	have	been	approved	for	implementation	in	CY	
              2009.			The	list	of	these	projects	are	enumerated	in	the	
              matrix	provided.	To	reach	out	to	a	wider	ARB	coverage,	
              the	DAR	has	proposed	a	total	of	27	new	projects	worth	
              PhP27.473	billion.	Figure	8	shows	the	distribution	of		DAR’s	donor	agencies	and	financing	institutions.	

                                                                                      Highlights	of	CY	2008	Accomplishments

2. Physical Infrastructure Projects

   For	the	year	2008,	a	total	of	768	projects	with	an	aggregate	cost	
   of	 PhP2.981	 billion	 were	 provided	 to	 the	 ARBs	 in	 the	 ARCs.	
   These	include	699	projects	worth	PhP2.605	billion	sourced	from	
   Overseas	Development	Assistance	(ODA)	and	69	projects	costing	
   PhP0.376	billion	financed	under	the	Agrarian	Reform	Fund	(ARF).	          	
                                                A m o n g 	 t h e 	 m a j o r	
                                                projects	include:	1)	37	
                                                irrigation	systems	with	
                                                a	 total	 service	 area	
                                                                                        Water	system	in	Bukidnon
                                                of	 6,310	 hectares;	 2)	
                                                223	 farm-to-market	
                                                roads	and	bridges	with	
                                                a	 total	 length	 of	 595	
                                                kilometers	 and	 span	
                                                of	1,063	linear	meters,	
                                                respectively;	and	3)	99	
                                                post	harvest	facilities.	    	
                                                                                          FMR	in	Dinagat	Island
                                                   C o n s e q u e n t l y , 	 t h e	
                                                   construction	 of	 the	 projects,	 being	 largely	 labor-based,	 has	
                                                   substantially	contributed	to	the	generation	of	jobs	in	the	countryside.	
                                                   Thus,	 for	 CY	 2008,	 a	 total	 of	 50,335	 jobs	 were	 created	 from	
         Solar	power	project

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                                                                              Bridge	and	Irrigation	project	in	Bukidnon

              completed	 physical	 infrastructure.	 This	
              is	 331	 percent	 of	 the	 target	 for	 the	
              year	of	15,	213	jobs.			Building	farm-to-
              market	roads	and	construction	of	potable	
              water	systems	contributed	the	most	in	
              generating	 jobs.	 Figure	 9	 enumerates	         Ground	breaking	ceremony	in	           Turn-over	of	ARCDP	project	in	
              the	 	 distribution	 of	 jobs	 generated	 per	          Agusan	del	Sur                           Ilocos	Norte

          3. Greater Medical Access (GMA) sa Bayan-Anihan

              In	line	with	the	President’s	directive	to	government	instrumentalities	to	include	social	health	insurance	as	a	
              priority	program	for	the	welfare	of	indigent	Filipinos,	the	DAR	entered	into	an	agreement	wit	the	Philippine	
              Health	Insurance	Corporation	(PhilHealth)	for	the	implementation	of	GMA	sa	Bayan-Anihan.		For	the	year	
              2008,	the	DAR	was	able	to	enroll	161,343	indigents.		Of	these,	73,919	or	49	percent	are	ARBs.		To	date,	
              683,000		enrollees	are		enjoying	social	health	insurance	benefits	under	the	said	program.

IV. Support to Operations

       a. Public Relations Information and Social Marketing (PRISM)

          This	 program	 has	 three-fold	 purpose:	 inform	 the	 public,	 build	
          alliance	and	mitigate	negative	impressions	about	the	agrarian	
          reform	program	to	bring	about	a	balanced	presentation	of	issues.	    	
          DAR	 utilizes	 print,	 broadcast	 and	 cyber-media	 as	 avenues	
          to	 disseminate	 information	 on	 CARP	 to	 the	 public.	 Printed	
          materials	are	produced	and	distributed	to	DAR’s	walk-in	clients	
          and	researchers	to	cater	their	information	needs.	These	include:	
          Dyaryo	DAR,	Landmarks,	pamphlets,	primers	and	other	reference	
          materials	such	as	R.A.	3844	and	6657,	among	others.	

          News	and	updates	on	CARP	are	also	readily	accessible	at	the	
          internet	 through	 the	 DAR	 website	 found	 at	
                                                                                     Pasyal	ARC	with	the	media
          The	various	publics	can	also	communicate	with	the	Department	
          through	its	email	address	at	The	website	also	established	links	with	the	website	of	all	CARP	
          implementing	agencies	and	the	Centre	on	Integrated	Rural	Development	for	Asia	and	the	Pacific	(CIRDAP)	
          including	the	website	of	the	Bureau	of	Agrarian	Reform	Beneficiaries	and	Development	(BARBD).

          Regional	and	provincial	information	officers	also	replicate	the	social	marketing	activities	to	cover	a	wider	reach	
          and	intensify	information	dissemination	campaign	at	the	field	level.	Special	events	are	also	conducted	during	
          the	year	to	beef	up	the	Department’s	campaign	for	CARP	extension.	

                                                                                       Highlights	of	CY	2008	Accomplishments

b. Formulation of Implementing Guidelines	

   Implementing	guidelines	such	as	administrative	orders	and	memorandum	circulars	serve	as	guideposts	to	CARP	
   implementers	and	stakeholders	on	the	operationalization	of	the	provisions	of	R.A.	No.	6657	and	other	pertinent	
   agrarian	laws.	The	DAR	continually	undertakes	policy	and	systems	review	and	improvement	to	respond	to	issues	
   and	concerns	arising	from	the	implementation	of	the	program	to	bring	about	an	effective	and	efficient	delivery	
   of	services	to	its	stakeholders.	

   For	CY	2008,	the	Department	issued	a	total	of	22	guidelines	comprised	of	nine	(9)	administrative	orders	and	
   thirteen	(13)	memorandum	circulars.	

c. Research and Policy Studies

   Conduct	of	research	and	policy	studies	provides	the	DAR	management	with	an	overview	of	the	various	aspects	
   of	CARP	implementation	at	the	community	level.	Most	of	the	field	of	studies	undertaken	involve	program	status	
   and	its	impact	on	the	lives	of	its	stakeholders.	Results	of	the	researches	are	often	used	as	inputs	in	the	planning	
   and	policy	formulation		to	improve	the	Department’s	service	delivery	processes.	

   For	CY	2008,	two	in-house	research	and	policy	studies	were	conducted.	These	are:	

   1. Case Studies on the Movements in the Levels of Development of Selected Agrarian Reform
      Communities (ARCs)

   	   The	study	determined	what	factors	in	program	implementation	and	the	interplay	of	major	areas	of	interventions	
       in	the	ARCs	have	caused	the	positive	and	negative	movement	or	status	quo	in	their	levels	of	development.	    	
       This		was	completed	in	December	2008.

   2. Landowners’ Utilization of Compensation and Perceptions on the CARP

   	   The	study	aims	to	ascertain	the	nature	and	extent	of	the	utilization	by	landowners	of	their	compensation	
       and	other	forms	of	investments	which	helped	provide	employment	and	promote	industrialization.			This	is	
       still	on-going	and	programmed	for	finalization	in	2009.				

d. Managing the Public

   1. Public Assistance and Complaints Coordinating Unit (PACCU)

       The	PACCU	is	a	service	desk	at	the	DAR	Central	Office	established	by	the	Special	Concerns	Staff	(SCS)	which	
       caters	to	walk-in	clients	of	the	Department	wanting	to	seek	audience	with	the	Office	of	the	Secretary	(OSEC)	
       regarding	a	particular	issue	or	concern.	PACCU	desks	are	also	set-up	at	the	regional	and	provincial	offices.	
       For	CY	2008,	a	total	of	2,810	walk-in	clients	have	been	served	nationwide.	Among	the	issues	referred	to	the	
       unit	pertain	to	agrarian	law	implementation	and	adjudication	cases,	and	other	concerns	involving	requests	
       for	documents,	personal	assistance,	support	services	and	audience	with	the	Office	of	the	Secretary.	

   2. Quick Response Operations (QRO)

   	   The	QRO	was	established	within	DAR	central	and	field	
       offices	 to	 provide	 a	 mechanism	 to	 promptly	 address	
       agrarian	 disputes	 and	 issues	 and	 to	 facilitate	 case	
       resolutions.	Cases	received	are	classified	into	flashpoint,	
       special	and	regular	cases.	Resolution	of	these	cases	are	
       facilitated	through	the	issuance	of	action	documents	e.g.,	
       memoranda,	referrals,	endorsement	letters	to	concerned	
       DAR	offices	or	other	agencies/institutions.		For	the	year,	
       3,387	 cases	 were	 endorsed	 by	 QRO	 teams	 for	 early	
       resolution	nationwide.	
                                                                            QRO team turn over of relief goods in Region V

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         e. President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Reform Scholarship Program (PDMARSP)

                                                                  The	program	provides	4-year	college	scholarship	grant	to	dependents	
                                                                  of	poor	but	deserving	beneficiaries	of	the	agrarian	reform	program.	
                                                                  It	 envisions	 to	 develop	 a	 pool	 of	 highly	 motivated,	 technically	
                                                                  equipped,	and	well-educated	dependents	of	ARBs	that	will	assume	
                                                                  the	responsibility	of	managing	the	lands	awarded	to	their	ascendants	
                                                                  under	CARP.		They	shall	serve	as	effective	agents	of	change	in	the	
                                                                  development	of	agriculture	and	help	improve	the	quality	of	life	of	the	
                                                                  people	in	their	communities.	

                                                                  As	 of	 December	 2008,	 PDMASP	 has	 3,139	 students	 enrolled	 in	
                                                                  various	state	colleges	and	universities	nationwide.		Since	its	launching	
                                                                  in	2005,	the	program	has	graduated	1,481	students.			It	was	able	to	
                     PDMASP awarding in Maguindanao               produce	one	magna	cum	laude	and	65	cum	laudes.	

         f.   Human Resource Development

              For	the	year	2008,	5,759	participants9		from	DAR	central	and	field	offices	
              attended	a	total	of	249	training	classes	conducted	or	sponsored	either	by	
              the	Department	or	other	agencies.	Of	the	said	figure,	half	(127	classes)	
              were	on	managing	the	bureaucracy,	followed	by	program	beneficiaries	
              development	(96	classes),	delivery	of	agrarian	justice	(21	classes)	and	
              land	tenure	improvement	(5	classes).	

              Also	during	the	year,	the	Department	has	granted	eight	scholarships/
              trainings	abroad	and	seven	local	study	grants.	
                                                                                                                 DARAB Training

                                                      Training on Enhancing Effectiveness of Planning Officers

    Service count

at 20 Awardees
CARP	at	20	Awardees

        ulminating	this	year’s	commemoration	of	the	20th	year	
        of	CARP	implementation	is	the	awarding	of	citations	
        and	plaques	of	recognition	to	deserving	stakeholders.	
The	DAR	also	paid	homage	to	a	plethora	of	political,	social	
and	religious	luminaries	and	dignitaries	who	have	contributed	
valuable	deeds	in	initiating	and	advancing	the	cause	of	agrarian	
reform	and	rural	development.

CARP Honorees

Owing	to	their	valuable	and	noble	contributions	in	advancing	
the	cause	of	agrarian	reform,	the	DAR,	through	the	Presidential	
Agrarian	Reform	Council	(PARC)	Secretariat,	paid	tribute	to	    	
distinguished	individuals	in	the	political,	social	and	religious	
sectors	 of	 the	 society.	 The	 ceremony	 was	 held	 at	 the	
Rembrandt	Hotel	in	May	2008.

The	DAR	conferred	leading	honors	to	former	Senate	President	
Jovito	 Salonga,	 the	 late	 House	 Speaker	 Ramon	 Mitra,	 and	
current	Archbishop	of	the	Metropolitan	Diocese	of	Cagayan	
de	Oro,	Most	Reverend	Antonio	Ledesma,	in	recognition	of	
their	noble	deeds	and	worthy	advocacies	in	realizing	the	vision	
and	mission	of	CARP	which	is	to	promote	social	justice	and	

Through	 the	 able	 helm	 and	 stewardship	 of	 both	 Senate	
President	Salonga	and	House	Speaker	Mitra,	the	enactment	
of	Republic	Act	6657	otherwise	known	as	the	Comprehensive	
Agrarian	Reform	Law	came	into	fruition	in	1988.

On	the	other	hand,	Archbishop	Ledesma	is	the	focal	advocate	
in	 pushing	 for	 the	 extension	 of	 the	 land	 acquisition	 and	
distribution	component	of	CARP	which	through	a	resolution	of	
Congress	was	extended	up	to	the	end	of	the	year.

Honors	were	also	feted	to	House	Speaker	Prospero	Nograles	
and	Senator	Gregorio	Honasan	for	sustaining	and	furthering	
the	 efforts	 and	 cause	 of	 their	 predecessors	 to	 keep	 CARP	
alive	beyond	its	term.	Sen.	Honasan	chairs	the	Committee	on	
Agrarian	Reform	in	the	Senate.

The	same	citations	were	also	conferred	to	former	Senator	and	
erstwhile	DAR	Secretary	Heherson	Alvarez,	the	late	Senator	
Raul	Roco,	former	House	Speaker	Jose	de	Venecia	Jr.,	former	
representatives	 Jose	 Conjuangco	 Jr.	 and	 Gregorio	 Ipong,	
Congressmen	 Edcel	 Lagman	 and	 Junie	 Cua,	 and	 the	 late	
Bonifacio	Gillego.	The	DAR	also	gave	recognition	to	former	          CARP in Retrospect Honorees and Guests
DAR	Secretary	Ernesto	Garilao.

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Champions of Agrarian Reform and Rural Development: Awardees of the Most Progressive Agrarian Reform
Communities, Most Outstanding Agrarian Reform Associations and Most Outstanding Agrarian Reform

In	an	effort	to	fully	appreciate	and	recognize	CARP’s	contribution	to	the	development	of	rural	communities	and	showcase	
the	impact	to	uplift	the	socio-economic	status	of	its	beneficiaries	in	the	countryside,	the	DAR	conferred	awards	to	agrarian	
reform	communities,	farmers’	organizations	and	agrarian	reform	beneficiaries	by	island	group	to	be	more	reflective	and	
representative	of	the	intricacies	and	peculiarities	of	each	region.	Their	distinctions	were	methodically	and	meticulously	
evaluated	through	a	set	of	stringent	criteria	governed	by	the	National	ARC	Taskforce	(NARCTF).	

Awarding	 ceremonies	 were	 held	 at	 the	 SEAMEO	 Innotech	 on	 June	 16,	 2008	 with	 no	 less	 than	 the	 DAR	 Secretary,	
Hon.	Nasser	C.	Pangandaman	handing	out	plaques	of	recognition	to	deserving	awardees.

Most Progressive Agrarian Reform Communities

This	category	recognizes	the	exemplary	achievements	of	Agrarian	Reform	Communities	(ARCs)	which	have	demonstrated	
significant	strides	towards	progress	and	development.	The	main	criteria	for	the	selection	of	the	Most	Progressive	ARC	
is	its	high	level	of	development	based	on	its	ARC	Level	of	Development	Assessment	(ALDA)	rating	for	the	last	three	
(3)	years	and	should	be	consistent	across	all	six	(6)	Key	Result	Areas.	Other	considerations	for	this	category	is	the	
extent	of	reach	of	the	ARC	in	terms	of	beneficiaries,	barangays	covered,	CARP	area,	and	agricultural	land.	The	ARC	
should	 also	 have	 exhibited	 substantial	 increase	 in	 the	 level	 of	 development	 from	 previous	 ALDA	 result.	 Additional	
considerations	are:	the	ARC	was	a	recipient	of	awards	conferred	by	other	agencies	and/or	institutions.		It	has	influenced	
developmental	transformations	to	adjacent	barangays	and	communities;	and	the	magnitude	of	community	participation	
in	ARC	activities.

Bagong Silang, Tenejero and Cataning (BSTC) ARC, Balanga, Bataan: Most Progressive ARC of Luzon

Covering	 three	 (3)	 adjacent	 barangays	 (Bagong	 Silang,	
Tenejero	and	Cataning)	in	the	municipality	of	Balanga,	Bataan,	
BSTC	ARC	was	launched	in	the	year	2000.	It’s	CARP	scope	
is	381.52	hectares,	of	which	381.26	hectares	or	99.9%	of	it	
have	already	been	covered,	benefiting	some	253	ARBs.	Rice	
planted	to	some	340	hectares	yields	122	cavans	per	hectare.	
Also,	some	83	hectares	are	devoted	to	banana	which	produces	
some	5.2	metric	tons	per	hectare.	This	contributes	much	to	the	
community’s	average	annual	household	income	which	amounts	
to	 some	 Php120,000.00.	 Membership	 to	 its	 lone	 people’s	
organization	numbers	around	190	individuals,	of	which	some	
                                   86	members	are	ARBs.	It	
                                    boasts	of	a	capital	build-up	
                                    of	Php1.16	M	and	assets	
                                    worth	Php5.7M.	The	ARC	
                                    reached	 ALDA	 level	 5	 in	
                                    2003	and	has	consistently	
                                    maintained	its	level	up	to	CY	2007.	Its	Sustainable	Rural	Development	Index	(SRDI)	
                                    likewise	increased	by	7.09	points	or	8.82	percent	during	the	said	period.

                                             Before,	farmers	experienced	difficulty	bringing	their	produce	to	markets	due	to	poor	
                                             condition	of	its	roads.	The	absence	then	of	an	irrigation	system	contributed	to	the	low	
                                             productivity	of	the	land.	Hence,	farmers	were	forced	to	resort	to	subsistence	farming.	
                                             Upon	its	launching,	the	DAR	tapped	the	services	of	the	Greater	Bani	Multi-Purpose	
                                             Cooperative,	Inc.	as	the	conduit	for	development	programs	for	the	community	such	
                                             as	the	3.7-kilometer	Hacienda	Lourdes	road	through	the	cooperation	of	the	provincial	
                                             government	of	Bataan	and	the	DAR-Agrarian	Reform	Infrastructure	Support	Program	
                                             II	(ARISP	II).	The	ease	of	transporting	their	products	to	the	market	meant	they	could	
                                             now	devote	more	time	to	develop	their	respective	farms.	
  Kapitan Tomas Communal Irrigation System

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The	 Kapitan	 Tomas	 communal	 irrigation	 system	 has	 also	 been	 instrumental	 for	
increase	 in	 production	 which	 translates	 to	 a	 year-round	 cropping	 intensity	 which	
has	surpassed	the	provincial	and	national	gross	annual	yield.	Utilization	of	farming	
technologies	such	as	“Punla-Unladsaka”	increased	palay	production	from	2.4	metric	
tons	to	six	(6)	metric	tons	per	hectare	per	cropping	season.	Production	volume	for	
products	for	export	such	as	banana	also	increased	from	3.12	metric	tons	to	5.2	metric	
tons.	Likewise,	production	of	sweet	potato	increased	from	3.47	metric	tons	to	6.8	
metric	tons	per	hectare.

Also,	the	DAR-ARISP	II	together	with	the	local	government	of	Balanga,	funded	the	
erection	of	the	Cataning	Rural	Water	System	which	provides	potable	water	for	200	
families	being	managed	by	the	Cataning	Rural	Water	Association.	The	city	government	
of	Balanga	and	Greater	Bani	MPCI	launched	a	novel	scheme	through	the	Barangayan	
Program	to	encourage	residents	to	plant	crops	on	idle	lands	using	technologies	learned	
from	their	training.	The	construction	of	the	“bagsakan”	center	benefited	ARBs’	farm	
products	to	command	fair	prices	since	they	can	now	directly	sell	their	produce	at	the	
center	hence	minimizing	if	not	eliminating	the	intervention	and	influence	of	middlemen	
                                                                                                    Cataning water system tower
who	are	notoriously	known	in	dictating	and	jacking	up	market	prices.	

Patria, Luhod-Bayang, Duyong and Tingib ARC (PLDT ARC), Pandan, Antique: Most Progressive ARC in the

                                                              Covering	 the	 barangays	 of	 Patria,	 Luhod-Bayang,	 Duyong	
                                                              and	Tingib,	in	Pandan,	Antique,	the	PLDT	ARC’s	land	area	
                                                              covers	2,047	hectares	of	which	1,702	hectares	are	devoted	for	
                                                              agricultural	use.	Each	barangay	boasts	of	individual	barangay	
                                                              halls,	day	care	and	health	centers	and	nutrition	posts.	Around	
                                                              80%	 of	 the	 household	 have	 access	 to	 electricity	 while	 safe	
                                                              drinking	water	is	sourced	from	three	water	systems	benefiting	
                                                              837	households.	

                                                              Its	CARP	coverage	817	hectares	has	already	been	completed	
                                                              benefiting	259	ARBs..	Agricultural	production	for	rice	planted	
                                                              to	some	320	hectares	yields	9.32	metric	tons	and	9.7	metric	
                                                              tons	of	irrigated	and	non-irrigated	rice,	respectively.	Coconut	
                                                              is	planted	to	some	717	hectares	producing	an	average	of	one	
                                                              (1)	metric	ton	per	hectare.	A	banner	year	was	achieved	in	2007	
                   Luyong School entrance gate.               wherein	some	2.7	metric	tons	of	coconut	was	produced.	

DAR’s	partnership	with	the	Katilingban	kag	kang	mga	Mangunguma	kag	Mangingisda	sa	Brgy.	Tingib	(KAHATI),	Patria	
Multi-Purpose	Cooperative,	Duyong	Farmers’	Association	(DUFA),	Patria	Irrigators’	Service	Association,	and	Luyong-
Bayang	ARB	and	Farmers’	Association	has	resulted	in	their	active	participation	in	pursuing	rural	development.

The	community	relishes	the	access	of	an	irrigation	system	which	is	the	expansion	of	the	Patria	Communal	Irrigation	
System	provided	by	the	DAR-Asian	Development	Bank-Agrarian	Reform	Community	
Project	(DAR-ADB-ARCP).	The	DAR-ADB-ARCP	provided	the	completion	of	farm-
to-market	(FMR)	projects	such	as	the	rehabilitation	the	Patria-Luhod-Bayang	FMR	
with	bridge,	rehabilitation	of	the	Duyong	FMR,	and	construction	of	the	Patria-Sitio	
Tabay	FMR.	The	ARC	also	delights	itself	in	accessing	safe	drinking			water	courtesy	
of	the	rehabilitation	of	the	Luhod-Bayang	potable	water	system.

National	government	agencies	and	non-governmental	organizations	engaged	in	rural	
development	also	extend	their	services	for	the	community’s	welfare.	The	Department	
of	Agriculture	provides	extension	and	marketing	support	systems	while	the	Department	
of	Trade	and	Industry	and	Fiber	Industry	Development	Authority	render	technology	
transfer	on	abaca	production	and	fiber	extraction.	The	local	government	gives	financial	          Patria communal irrigation system

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                                        assistance	 to	 the	 people’s	 organization	 in	 the	 ARC.	 Likewise,	 the	 Bio-Resource	
                                        Conservation	Trust	for	the	Philippines,	Inc.	(BIOCON)	provides	technical	assistance	
                                        on	environment	protection	and	conservation.

                                        Income	and	job-generating	projects	are	also	present	in	the	ARC.	Foremost	of	which	
                                        is		the	Familia	Drip	Irrigation	which	supports	vegetable	production,	duck	raising,	oto-
                                        shi-ami	(fishing	structure),	poultry	raising,	hybrid/inbrid	rice,	peanut,	coffee	and	swine	
                                        production	to	name	a	few.	The	community	also	engages	in	the	production	handicrafts	
                                        made	 from	 indigenous	 materials	 such	 as	 buri,	 abaca,	 bariw	 and	 nito.	 Some	 605	
                                        individuals	are	members	of	its	cooperative	of	which	more	than	half	(208	persons)	are	
     Sample weaved handicraft product   ARBs.	Average	household	income	of	the	community	is	Php109,700.00

Nabunturan Cluster I ARC, Compostela Valley: Most Progressive ARC of Mindanao

Launched	in	1994,	the	Nabunturan	Cluster	I	ARC	covers	the	
barangays	of	Magsaysay,	Pangutosan,	Basak	and	Magading	
in	 the	 municipality	 of	 Nabunturan	 province	 of	 Compostela	
Valley.	Its	principal	crops	are	rice,	coconut,	corn	and	palm	oil.	
CARP	coverage	is	1,232	hectares	which	have	been	already	
completed	 benefiting	 some	 777	 ARBs.	 Its	 current	 average	
household	income	is	pegged	at	Php119,783.00.	

Before,	 the	 community	 was	 a	 depressed	 area	 basing	 on	 its	
measly	 annual	 average	 household	 income	 of	 P30,000	 to	
40,000.	This	was	attributed	to	the	inaccessibility	and/or	lack	
of	basic	physical	and	social	infrastructure.	It	was	also	prone	
to	flooding	wherein	25%	of	the	community’s	were	perennially	
flooded.	 Low	 access	 to	 financial	 assistance	 due	 to	 weak	
people’s	organization	was	also	experienced.	These,	factors	
greatly	affected	and	hampered	agricultural	productivity.	                        Gateway to Barangay Magading, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley

                                        Development	interventions	of	Local	Government	Units	(LGUs),	CARP	Implementing	
                                        Agencies	 (CIAs)	 have	 had	 positive	 impact	 in	 the	 community.	 Construction	 of	 the	
                                        locally-funded	 (Agrarian	 Reform	 Fund)	 6-kilometer	 Basak-Magsaysay	 road;	 the	
                                        one-kilometer	Pangutosan	–	Sta.	Maria	road;	and	the	completion	of	the	Magsaysay	
                                        multipurpose	pavement	contributed	to	the	community’s	development.	

                                     The	 ARC	 also	 benefited	 from	 Foreign-Assisted	 Projects	 (FAPs).	 Notable	 projects	
                                     include:	1)	P35	million	worth	of	infrastructure	projects	particularly	the	construction	
                                     of	the	Magsaysay-Magading,	Recto-Pangutosan,	Purok	2-3-Ateneo	road	networks;	
         Basak - Magsaysay Road
                                     2)	the	construction	of	the	Manat,	Pantud	bridges	4	and	5;	and	3)	installation	of	small	
                                     water	impounding	systems.	All	these	were	funded	by	the	ARCDP	I	project	of	the	World	
Bank.	The	ARC	was	also	a	recipient	of	a	P15	million	infrastructure	project	grant	from	the	Japan	Bank	for	International	
Cooperation-funded	 ARISP	 Phase	 I	 project	 for	 the	 construction	
and	expansion	of	the	Cabidianan	Communal	Irrigation	Project,	the	
rehabilitation	 of	 the	 Pangutosan-Basak	 road	 with	 a	 Bailey	 bridge	
component,	 and	 provision	 of	 post-harvest	 facilities.	 Other	 projects	
that	were	put	up	are	a	potable	water	system,	multipurpose	center,	
school	building	and	barangay	hall.

All	 these	 interventions	 were	 translated	 into	 profoundly	 beneficial	
impact	on	the	community	in	terms	of	increased	agricultural	production,	
strengthening	of	its	people’s	organization,	and	generation	of	livelihood	
projects	(e.g.	palm	oil,	native	handicrafts,	livestock	raising,	fish	culture,	
etc.)	of	which	they	can	now	proudly	boast	of	earning	an	aggregate	
annual	 income	 of	 P93,000.	 Another	 significant	 outcome	 is	 the	
empowerment	of	women	to	participatory	development.		                                            Cabadianan communical irrigation system

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                                             Significant	learnings	and	good	practices	employed	by	the	community	which	merited	
                                             them	recognition	are:	a)	establishment	of	an	ARC	council;	b)	institutionalization	of	a	
                                             farmers’	assistance	for	development	(FAD)	desk;	c)	strong	convergence	initiatives;	
                                             and	d)	development	of	an	ARC	village.

                                             Incidentally,	one	of	the	most	progressive	ARB	cooperatives,	the	Nabunturan	ARC	
                                             Integrated	Cooperative	(NARCICO)	also	operates	in	the	ARC.	The	services	it	offers	
                                             ranges	from	pre-	and	post-harvest	services	on	palm	oil	plantation	to	provision	of	potable	
                                             water,	 maintenance	 of	 irrigation	 systems,	 palay	 trading,	 farm	 production	 training,	
                                             trucking	and	health	and	micro	insurance,	among	others.	Composed	of	817	members	
                                             of	which	458	are	ARBs,	NARCICO	prides	itself	of	having	a	current	capital	build	up	of	
                                             P942,824	while	its	members’	savings	totaled	P262,645.	Nabunturan	Cluster	I	ARC	
   Nabunturan ARC Integrated Cooperative     has	maintained	and	sustained	its	progressive	pace	and	is	considered	as	a	model	
         (NARCICO) office facade             ARC	by	newly-launched	ARCs	in	the	area.

Partners for Progress: Outstanding Agrarian Reform Organizations

A	vital	cog	in	the	rural	development	mechanism,	agrarian	reform	organizations	also	deserve	to	be	honored	and	recognized	
for	their	invaluable	and	significant	contribution	to	the	progress	of	the	community.	As	major	players	and	stakeholders,	
these	organizations	not	only	serve	as	conduit	for	development	intervention	but	also	serve	as	catalyst	for	change	and	

The	major	criteria	in	the	selection	of	awardees	for	this	category	is	that	the	organization	should	exhibit	an	organizational	
maturity	(OM)	level	5	based	on	ALDA	results.	It	should	also	display	consistency	across	all	sub-KRAs	for	OM	such	as	
organizational	management,	social	enterprise	operations,	resource	management,	and	alliance	building.

Other	considerations	are	the	following:	number	of	services	provided	and	projects	implemented	for	its	members	and	to	the	
community;	extent	of	reach	of	services	and	profitability	of	projects;	extent	of	participation	of	the	organization	in	community	
programs,	projects,	and	local	governance;	and	contribution	of	the	organization	to	the	overall	development	of	the	ARC.

Naguillan Christian Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NCMPC): Most Outstanding ARB Organization of Luzon

                                                     Located	in	Barangay	Naguillan,	Lallo,	Cagayan,	the	Naguillan	Christian	Multi-
                                                     Purpose	Cooperative	(NCMPC)	was	founded	by	44	pioneering	members	and	
                                                     was	 registered	 with	 the	 Cooperative	 Development	 Authority	 in	 July	 2000.	
                                                     Credit	and	lending	were	the	initial	venture	of	NCMPC,	gradually	expanding	
                                                     its	 area	 of	 operation	 to	 cater	 to	 the	 needs	 of	 farmers	 in	 nearby	 towns	 of	
                                                     Sta.	 Teresita,	 Gonzaga,	 Buguey,	 Calamaniugan,	 Aparri	 and	 Sta.	 Ana.	 As	
                                                     news	of	its	reputation	grew,	a	host	of	farmers	from	neighboring	Sammanada	
                                                     ARC	and	the	adjacent	non-ARC	barangays	of	Rosario	and	Cullit	signed	up,	
                                                     thus	increasing	its	members	to	625	who	are	all	active	in	contributing	to	the	
                                                     cooperative’s	growth	and	development.	

                                              Today,	 the	 NCMPC	 is	 touted	 to	
          NCMPC board members and officers    have	 a	 P2.3	 million	 capital	 build	
                                              up.	 In	 November	 2006,	 it	 launched	
the	Members	Saving	Operation	to	help	and	encourage	its	members	and	non-
members	to	deposit	their	money	at	the	cooperative	either	through	fixed	saving	
or	time	deposit.This	financing	scheme	paved	the	way	for	the	NCMPC’s	business	
to	progress	and	prosper,	eventually	securing	its	stability	and	operation.	It	has	
now	expanded	and	diversified	its	services	to	include	lending	and	re-lending,	farm	
inputs	trading,	consumer	store,	micro-financing,	trucking	and	integrated	palay	
production.	Its	immediate	project	for	the	year	is	to	put	up	a	post	harvest	operation	
business	which	aims	to	consummate	its	post	harvest	services	in	addition	to	its	                      Naguilian Christian Multi-purpose Cooperative
existing	 services	 such	 as	 milling,	 mechanical	 drying,	 storage	 and	 marketing.	                           (NCMPC) warehouse
The	NCMPC	success	can	be	attributed	to	its	members’	dogma	of	honesty,	hard	
work,	team	effort	and	faith	in	God.

                                                                                                                    CARP	at	20	Awardees

Omaganhan Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (OFMPC): Most Outstanding ARB Organization of Visayas

                                                            Barangay	Omaganhan	was	then	considered	as	the	most	depressed	
                                                            barangay	in	Tabango,	Leyte	until	the	Omaganhan	Farmers’	Multi-
                                                            Purpose	Cooperative	(OFMPC)	literally	helped	the	community	on	its	
                                                            feet	and	lead	the	way	to	success	through	the	provision	of	development	
                                                            projects	and	services	that	benefited	not	only	its	members	but	also	
                                                            that	of	the	community.	The	community	felt	the	surge	of	change	for	
                                                            the	better	the	instant	DAR	organized	some	ARBs	and	residents	of	the	
                                                            area	to	form	the	OFMPC	sometime	in	August	1989	which	gradually	
                                                            grew	to	its	current	1,899-strong	members.	Around	sixty	(60)	percent	
                                                            or	1,141	of	its	member	are	ARBs	while	almost	half	(929)	of	its	total	
                                                            members	are	women.

                                                      Under	 the	 able	 helm	 of	 its	 president,	 board	 of	 directors	 and	
                                                      officers,	 the	 OFMPC	 distinguishes	 itself	 as	 among	 the	 millionaire	
                OFMPC impressive building             cooperatives	 organized	 by	
                                                      DAR	as	evidenced	by	its	total	
assets	pegged	at	P59	million	of	which	P18.7	million	represents	mobilization	funds	
while	some	P9.8	million	comprises	its	capital	build	up.	Its	investment	portfolio	
exemplifies	business	diversification.	Activities	of	which	include	but	not	limited	to	
quasi-banking	operations,	re-lending,	productive	and	salary	loans,	among	others.	
It	also	provides	services	such	as	cattle	fattening,	sow,	chicken,	and	fruit	dispersal	
to	assist	farmers	augment	their	farm	income.	It	has	also	ventured	into	high-yielding	
fruits	and	vegetables	production.	

Throughout	its	inception,	the	OFMPC	once	again	proved	that	the	proper	application	                   Omaganhan Farmers’ Multi-Purpose
and	management	of	the	principles	of	cooperativism	can	spell	success.                                    Cooperative (OFMPC) logo

Bulawan Savings and Credit Cooperative (BSSC): Most Outstanding ARB Organization of Mindanao

                                                            The	 BSCC	 started	 off	 and	 was	 formerly	 known	 as	 the	 Subanen	
                                                            Tribal	Leaders	Multi-Purpose	Cooperative	was	established	in	2002	
                                                            in	Lapuyan,	Zamboanga	del	Sur.	It	had	an	initial	capital	of	P28,000	
                                                            put	 up	 by	 its	 original	 79	 members.	 Thereafter,	 their	 savings	 grew	
                                                            to	around	P100,000	primarily	due	to	its	engagement	in	coconut	oil	
                                                            production		and	lending	programs	to	its	members.	However,	like	any	
                                                            other	business	riddled	with	operational	setbacks	coupled	with	the	
                                                            high	rate	of	delinquency	of	payment,	projected	profits	and	immediate	
                                                            return	of	investments	were	not	fully	realized.	

                                                            To	 extinguish	 the	 perceived	 stigma	 of	 the	 original	 name	 of	 its	
                                                            organization,	its	board	of	directors	decided	to	rename	and	re-register	
                                                            their	cooperative	to	what	is	now	known	as	the	Bulawan	Saving	and	
                                                            Credit	Cooperative	for	which	stricter	and	more	stringent	measures	
                                                            were	enforced	and	doable	programs	implemented	in	order	to	improve	
         BSSC officers posing during its general assembly
                                                            and	stabilize	its	financial	and	organizational	status.	

Salient	schemes	adopted	and	introduced	by	the	BSCC	are:	commitment	to	adhere	to	the	principles	of	transparency	in	all	
their	transactions;	compliance	to	strict	financial	discipline;	and	implementation	of	intensive	collection	schemes	through	
imposition	of	penalties	for	past	due	loans.

Through	the	DAR	and	the	Belgian	Integrated	Agrarian	Reform	Support	Program	(BIARSP),	the	cooperative	underwent	
trainings	and	workshops	on	business	operation	and	marketing	strategies.	These	resulted	in	the	improvement	of	their	loan	
collection.	From	a	delinquency	rate	of	49%,	it	drastically	went	down	to	only	4%.	This	caused	the	generous	disbursement	
of	its	members’	benefits	and	employees’	salaries.	Honoraria	for	its	officers	are	now	regularly	paid,	members	receive	
patronage	refunds,	and	investments	such	as	office	lot	and	building	were	likewise	acquired.	The	BSCC	also	expanded	

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its	services	and	projects	in	the	neighboring	barangays	of	Bulawan	in	Lapuyan	and	in	the	municipalities	of	Margosatubig,	
Vincenzo	Sagun,	San	Miguel,	Guipos,	Pitogo	and	Pagadian	City.	The	BSCC	has	also	put	up	a	branch	office	in	Tabina,	
Zamboanga	del	Sur.	Today,	BSCC	has	1,191	members	and	a	total	asset	of	P8.7	million.

Incidentally,	Bulawan	is	the	Visayan	term	for	gold	–	a	fitting	name	for	an	organization	that	is	now	turning	into	a	true	

A Cut Above the Rest: Most Outstanding Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries

This	category	accords	recognition	and	distinction	to	individual	ARBs	who	went	out	of	their	way	and	nonchalantly	took	
the	risk	to	pursue	a	blissful	dream	which	is	also	in	line	with	CARP’s	vision	of	social	equity	and	rural	development.	

Selection	criteria	for	this	category	are	based	on	four	(4)	aspects,	namely:	economic;	socio-economic;	socio-political;	
and	citations	and	trainings.	In	terms	of	the	economic	dimension,	it	focuses	on	how	the	ARB	was	able	to	make	his	land	
productive	 through	 the	 ARBs	 efforts	 and	 management;	 regularly	 pays	 his	 financial	 obligations;	 able	 to	 finance	 his	
production	cost;	and	adopts	sustainable,	environment-friendly	farming	practices.	The	socio-economic	aspect	focuses	
on	how	the	ARB	through	CARP	has	improved	his	standard	of	living	specifically	on	the	following	considerations:	ability	to	
send	children	to	school;	ownership	of	permanent	dwelling;	acquisition	of	small	farm	implements;	savings	deposited	in	a	
bank	or	similar	institutions;	and	ownership	of	household	appliances	and	vehicle.	The	socio-political	aspect	focuses	on	
how	the	ARB	is	able	to	actively	participate	in	the	development	processes	in	the	community	such	as:	active	memberships	
in	 cooperative/farmers’	 association	 within	 and	 outside	 his	 community;	 active	 participation	 in	 local	 governing	 bodies	
either	as	officer	or	member	of	barangay	or	municipal	council	or	other	political	bodies	within	the	barangay	or	municipality;	
leadership	in	socio-economic	organizations	within	the	barangay,	municipal	or	province;	and	participation	in	social	and	
community	affairs.	Citations	and	trainings	focuses	on	the	following:	received	awards	and	citations	(barangay	to	national	
level);	attendance	to	trainings	for	the	past	10	years	as	a	participant	or	training	staff;	and	provision	of	technical	assistance	
to	the	community.

Through	interventions	introduced	by	DAR	and	other	CARP	agencies	such	as	trainings	on	agricultural	production	and	
entrepreneurship,	provision	of	credit,	capacity	building	and	the	like,	they	were	able	to	achieve	their	current	stature.	Values	
formation	and	character	development	also	played	a	crucial	role	in	their	preparation	to	become	owners	of	the	lands	they	
till.	Their	meritorious	and	selfless	acts	of	not	only	making	their	land	productive	but	also	extending	whatever	resources	
they	may	have	to	offer	to	others	gained	them	recognition	and	accolades	for	others	to	emulate	and	serves	as	a	shining	
beacon	of	inspiration.

Mr. Roberto M. Butac from Catabban, Burgos, Isabela: Most Outstanding ARB of Luzon

                                                          Ignoring	 his	 vocation	 and	 volition	 as	 a	 public	 servant,	 this	 BS	
                                                          Commerce	graduate	chose	to	quit	his	job	at	the	National	Tobacco	
                                                          Administration	and	opted	to	sweat	it	out	by	helping	his	father	till	
                                                          a	 portion	 of	 the	 Singson	 Estate.	 His	 penchant	 for	 research	 and	
                                                          innovative	approaches,	and	knowledge	gained	through	trainings	
                                                          conducted	by	various	government	agencies	and	NGOs	finally	paid	
                                                          off	when	he	realized	the	richness	and	bounty	of	what	the	land	has	
                                                          to	 offer.	 He	 aggressively	 utilized	 these	 skills	 and	 optimized	 the	
                                                          production	of	their	land	by	planting	vegetables,	citrus	trees,	corn	
                                                          and	 palay	 wherein	 his	 income	 from	 vegetables	 and	 citrus	 fruits	
                                                          alone	stood	at	P75,000	per	hectare.	He	managed	to	accomplish	
                                                          these	feats	through	application	of	integrated	pest	management,	
                                                          organic	farming,	inter-cropping,	crop	rotation	and	multi-cropping	

                                                      In	 1997,	 he	 was	 awarded	 a	 3-hectare	 farmland	 to	 till	 devoting	
                                                      most	of	it	in	planting	corn,	yielding	him	an	average	300	cavans	per	
cropping	season.	Seeing	the	potential	and	lucrative	exploits	of	farming,	his	wife,	Erlinda,	also	resigned	from	government	
service	to	help	him	tend	their	farm.	She	augments	their	income	by	managing	a	small	grocery	store	of	which	they	both	
put	up.	This	way,	they	can	also	immediately	attend	to	the	needs	of	their	children.

                                                                                                             CARP	at	20	Awardees

His	 modest	 savings	 enabled	 him	 to	 acquire	 farm	
implements	 to	 increase	 his	 farm	 production	 such	
as	 a	 small	 hand	 tractor,	 high-powered	 insect	
sprayer,	water	pump	and	a	tricycle	to	transport	his	
produce.	 Procurement	 of	 a	 small	 truck	 to	 better	
serve	his	clients	is	under	negotiation.	His	devotion	
and	tenacity	in	making	his	land	productive	paved	
the	 way	 for	 their	 children’s	 education.	 His	 two	
sons,	 Heherson	 and	 Erbertson	 are	 holders	 of	
accountancy	and	electronics	engineering	degrees,	

Mang	Robert	gained	recognition	not	only	through	his	
diligent	efforts	in	farming	but	also	his	involvement	
in	social	capital	formation	and	active	participation	
in	civic	works.	He	is	the	founding	chairman	of	the	
Cattaban	 Botica	 Binhi	 MPC	 of	 which	 he	 devotes	
most	of	his	time	helping	his	fellow	farmers	through	
the	conduct	of	trainings	and	seminars.	Adding	to	his	
modest	achievements	is	the	recognition	of	being	the	
Most	Outstanding	Parent	in	2008,	Service	Achievement	Award	and	2001	Community	Involvement	Award.

Mr. Jesus F. Quibol from Calape, Bohol: Most Outstanding ARB of Visayas

                                                                      A	true	son	of	the	earth,	Jesus	Quibol	was	raised	in	a	
                                                                      farm	whose	efforts	enabled	him	in	1978	to	be	awarded	
                                                                      a	 3-hectare	 undeveloped	 land	 in	 the	 hilly	 portion	 of	
                                                                      Barangay	Mandauag,	Calape,	Bohol	which	he	planted	
                                                                      with	timber	and	mango	trees.	His	fate	turned	to	better	
                                                                      when	he	realized	that	his	mango	trees	bore	more	fruit	
                                                                      than	he	had	expected,	hence	earning	him	additional	
                                                                      income.	He	owes	this	through	the	help	of	the	Mango	
                                                                      Growers	Cooperative	of	Calape.	Aside	from	the	land	
                                                                      he	 owns,	 his	 wife	 Maria	 Isulat,	 inherited	 some	 0.69	
                                                                      hectares	which	they	devoted	for	the	production	of	rice,	
                                                                      banana	and	vegetables	particularly	amplaya,	eggplant	
                                                                      and	pepper.

                                                                 Their	agricultural	produce	was	usually	delivered	and	
                                                                 sold	in	Bohol	and	Cebu.	However,	showing	a	knack	for	
                                                                 enterprise,	he	eventually	leased	stalls	in	these	places	
                                                                 and	now	manages	to	directly	sell	his	produce	thrice	a	
                                                                 week.	In	order	to	cope	with	the	demand,	he	also	buys	
his	fellow	farmers’	produce	to	augment	his	stock.	He	never	tires	to	learn	new	things	to	further	improve	his	production	
such	as	attendance	to	seminars	on	recent	agricultural	technologies	and	farm	management.	Also,	in	order	to	satiate	his	
acumen	as	an	entrepreneur,	he	never	falters	attending	enterprise	and	business-related	seminars	such	records	and	book	
keeping.	All	of	which	he	unceasingly	and	unselfishly	shares	with	his	fellow	farmers.

His	 P45,000	 annual	 savings	 is	 augmented	 by	 him	 venturing	 into	 copra	 trading	 which	 he	 maintains	 and	 manages	 in	
Tagbiliran	City.	Because	of	this,	he	was	able	to	purchase	a	small	truck	to	facilitate	his	enterprise.

Although	after	siring	six	children,	he	still	finds	time	helping	other	people	in	his	role	as	a	civic	leader.	He	is	a	board	member	
of	the	Mandauag	Multi-Purpose	Cooperative	and	Bohol	Banana	Industry	Development	Council;	Vice	President	of	the	
Calape	Banana	Growers	Association;	and	an	active	member	of	the	Mango	Growers	Cooperative	of	Calape.	His	efforts	
as	a	farmer	didn’t	go	unnoticed.	In	2007,	he	was	accorded	the	Gawad	Saka’s	“Outstanding	High	Value	Commercial	
Crop	Farmer”	of	Region	VII.

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Mr. Ricardo G. Allado from Banisilan, North Cotabato: Most Outstanding ARB of Mindanao

                                          Equally	 sharing	 the	 limelight	 and	 distinction	 as	 the	 Most	 Outstanding	 ARB	 for	
                                          Mindanao	area	is	a	BS	Agriculture	major	in	Animal	Science	graduate.	Ric,	as	he	is	
                                          fondly	called	by	his	peers,	used	to	work	as	technician	in	a	seed	growers	company.	
                                          Perhaps	the	rigors	of	his	former	job	and	the	meager	earnings	he	made	then	forced	
                                          him	to	resign	and	venture	in	the	production	and	marketing	of	hybrid	corn	through	
                                          land	lease	arrangements	and	contract	growing.	

                                    Lady	fortune	smiled	on	him	when	he	was	awarded	an	eight	hectare	land	through	CARP	
                                    under	the	homestead	patent	scheme	sometime	in	1987.		Fortunate	because	he	wasn’t	
                                    anymore	bonded	by	shackles	of	paying	high	interest	in	land	rentals.	He	capitalized	
                                    his	farm	income	in	buying	farm	inputs	and	paying	of	labor	costs.	To	minimize	cost	of	
                                    farm	inputs,	he	also	ventured	in	the	production	organic	farming	by	mixing	livestock	
                                    manure	with	vermiculture.	In	order	to	enhance	his	farming	skills,	he	never	hesitated	
                                    to	attend	seminar	both	here	and	
                                    abroad	and	nonchalantly	shared	
                                    these	 knowledge	 to	 his	 fellow	
ARBs.	He	developed	and	diversified	his	awarded	land	into	a	multi-
used	farm	which	means	simultaneously	engaging	in	the	production	
of	corn	and	raising	livestocks	now	numbering	to	some	700	heads	to	
include	cattle,	swine,	goat	and	poultry.	

The	year	1996	saw	him	being	recognized	by	his	alma	mater,	the	
Central	 Mindanao	 University,	 as	 an	 outstanding	 alumnus	 for	 his	
contribution	to	agricultural	development.	In	1999,	further	exemplary	
recognition	was	feted	to	him	by	an	international	organization	based	in	
Missouri,	USA	in	the	field	of	agriculture.	He	was	also	accorded	honors	
in	2001	as	an	“Outstanding	Small	Animal	Raiser”	and	“Outstanding	
Alumnus	for	Entrepreneurship”	by	Gawad	Saka.

Sources: DyaryoDAR (Vol. 8 – No. 2, May to June 2008) Public Affairs Staff
         DAR Support Services Office
         DAR Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development

Imperatives and Strategies
Prospects:	Imperatives	and	Strategies

Initiatives on CARP Extension

      aced	with	the	program’s	impending	expiration	on	June		2008	
      and	with	a	multitude	of	tasks	to	complete,	implementers	sought	
      for	program	extension	for	the	second	time.	The	first	round	of	
extension	 was	 granted	 a	 decade	 earlier	 through	 RA	 8532	 which	
provided	for	a	ten	year	funding	source	until	December	31,	2008.	

Since	2007,	the	House	of	Representatives	and	the	Senate	have	been	
debating	on	the	future	of	the	CARP.		Two	consolidated	bills	on	CARP	
extension	have	already	been	filed	for	approval	in	both	the	House	of	
Representatives	and	the	Senate.		House	Bill	4077,	a	consolidation	
of	thirteen	bills,	was	filed	with	the	House	of	Representatives	on	April	
23,	2008.	The	proposed	legislation	extending	CARP	for	five	years	                         Agrarian Reform Summit with CBCP
provided	for	a	P100	billion	allocation	for	land	distribution	and	other	
funding	requirements.	This	bill	which	represented	the	outcome	of	the	
Committee	on	Agrarian	Reform	hearings,	public	consultations	and	
deliberations	on	a	number	of	CARP	extension	bills,	however	was	
not	passed	into	law	before	the	June	12,	2008	recess.	Congress	
deferred	action	on	it	but	passed	Resolution	No.	21.	This	measure	
which	 sought	 to	 extend	 the	 land	 acquisition	 and	 distribution	
component	 of	 the	 CARP	 until	 December	 31,	 2008	 unfortunately	
again	later	failed	to	pass	in	Congress.	With	the	resumption	of	the	
regular	sessions	of	both	Houses,	the	Senate	crafted	its	version	of	a	
consolidated	bill	in	the	form	of	SB	2666.		The	bill	which		was	to		be	
funded		at	a	cost	of	P147	billion		proposed	for		a	ten	year	extension	
                                                       period	 for	 the	  	        Senator Honasan during the CARP plenary debates
                                                       c o m p l e t i o n	
                                                       of	 	 land	 acquisition	 and	 distribution	 and	 other	 significant	 reform	
                                                       measures.	 Before	 the	 close	 of	 the	 year	 on	 December	 17,	 2009,	
                                                       a	 temporary	 lease	 on	 the	 Program’s	 life	 was	 granted	 with	 the	
                                                       approval	of	Senate	Resolution	No.	29	and	House	Resolution	 No.	
                                                       19.	 Both	 Resolutions	 called	 for	 the	 extension	 of	 the	 Program	 for	
                                                       six	months	but	excluded		compulsory	acquisition	of	new	lands.	The	
                                                       measures	were	later	consolidated	and	became	Joint	Congressional	
                                                       Resolution	No.	1.	With	the	approval	of	this	new	resolution,	program	
                                                       implementation	was	extended	to	six	months	but	limited	the	mode	
                                                       of	land	acquisition	to	Voluntary	Offer	to	Sell	(VOS)	and	Voluntary	
                      Senate hearing                   Land	Transfer	(VLT).		

DAR Operational Directives

The	CY	2009	Directives	on	the	three	major	programs	of	the	Department	shall	be	anchored	on	the	provisions	of	Joint	
Congressional	Resolution	No.	1.	Thus:

I.        Land Tenure Improvement (LTI)

	         The	 DAR	 shall	 ensure	 the	 tenurial	 security	 of	 the	 program’s	
          beneficiaries	by	finishing	all	balances	in	Land	Acquisition	and	
          Distribution	 (LAD)	 such	 as	 Operation	 Land	 Transfer	 (OLT)	
          under	 P.D.	 No.	 27,	 Distributed	 But	 Not	 Yet	 Documented	
          (DNYD),	LAD	Information	System	(LADIS),	subdivision	and	re-
          documentation	 of	 collective	 CLOA.	 It	 shall	 likewise	 continue	
          to	 process	 workable	 landholdings	 under	 VOS	 and	 VLT;	
          speed	up	the	full	implement	ARB	Profiling;	and	complete	the	
          Inventory	 of	 CARP	 Scope	 Balance.	 In	 the	 meantime,	 it	 shall	
                                                                                  DAR Secretary in a land distribution ceremony in Agusan del Sur

                                                                                                Prospects:	Imperatives	and	Strategies

      pursue	intensified	efforts	towards	the	approval	of	the	retention	
      of	the	compulsory	acquisition	(CA)	as	the	major	mode	of	land	
      distribution	and	acquisition.	

II.   Agrarian Justice Delivery

	     The	DAR	shall	continue	with	its	twin-program	of	Agrarian	Legal	
      Assistance	and	Adjudication	of	Agrarian	Cases	to	ensure	the	
      expeditious	delivery	of	agrarian	justice.		

      On Agrarian Legal Assistance,	it	shall	prioritize	LAD-related,	
      ageing,	 and	 flashpoint	 cases	 involving	 bigger	 hectarage	 and	
      more	 ARBs	 in	 the	 resolution/disposition	 of	 agrarian	 cases;	
      strengthen	 linkages	 between	 and	 among	 Legal,	 DARAB	 and	            Sec. Pangandaman signing the MOA on Sumilao case
      Operations	 Group	 to	 avoid	 recurrence	 of	 legal	 problems	 on	
      LAD;	utilize	aggressively	alternative	dispute	resolution	to	reduce	conflicts	maturing	into	court	cases;	and	maintain	
      Zero	balance/	no	pending	case	at	the	end	of	the	year.

      On Adjudication of Agrarian Cases,	shall	fast	track	the	resolution	of	DARAB	cases	by	prioritizing	cases,	automation	
      of	database,	and	other	relevant	means;	finalize	the	proposed	amendment	of	DARAB	Rules	of	Procedures;	and	
      continue	the	aggressive	utilization	of	mediation	and	conciliation	and	other	alternative	dispute	resolution	scheme	to	
      prevent	disputes	to	become	full	blown	cases.

III. Program Beneficiaries Development

	                                                           To	 ensure	 that	 land	 distribution	 is	 translated	 to	 tenurial	
                                                            improvement	 and	 consequentially	 rural	 development,	
                                                            appropriate	 intervention	 packages	 shall	 be	 provided	 to	 the	
                                                            Agrarian	 Reform	 Beneficiaries	 (ARBs).	 The	 PBD	 directives	
                                                            shall	include,	among	others,		the		operationalization		of	the	ARC	
                                                            Cluster	Development	Strategy;	the	application	of		differentiated/
                                                            area-specific	need-based	interventions	approach	according	to	
                                                            ARC	 level	 of	 development	 and	 modality	 to	 include	 areas	 not	
                                                            covered	by	the	ARC	clusters;	the	expansion,	scaling-up	and/or	
                                                            intensification	of	operations	of	existing	competitive	and	viable	
                                                            micro,	 small	 and	 medium	 enterprises	 (MSMEs)	 in	 agrarian	
                                                            reform	areas;	the	generation	of	some		100,000	additional	jobs	
                                                            out	 of	 the	 agribusiness	 ventures,	 enterprise-related	 projects	
                        ARB products on sale                and	 physical	 infrastructure	 	 in	 agrarian	 reform	 areas	 and	 the	
                                                            establishment	of	new	partnerships	(local	and	foreign)	to	expand	
                                                            PBD	reach.	

IV. Managing the Public

	     The	Department	shall	also	manage	the	public	by	establishing	linkages	through	networking		with	various	civil	society	
      groups,	non-government	organizations,		and	other	government	agencies;	and	intensifying	its	public	relations	and	
      social	marketing	campaigns,	among	others.

V. Managing the Bureaucracy

	     To	ensure	the	implementation	of	the	directives	under	LTI,	AJD	and	PBD,	the	Department	shall	strengthen	its	efforts	
      to	manage	the	bureaucracy	primarily	thru	the	review	and	alignment	of	work	load	status	of	the	three	major	programs	
      vis-à-vis	the	structure	and	staff	complement	of	provinces	with	80-90%	completed	LAD	to	intensify	PBD	implementation;	
      and	defer	the	rationalization	plan	pending	results	of	the	Congress	deliberations	of	the	CARP	bill.	

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Prospects:	Imperatives	and	Strategies

	        The	funding	of	CARP	may	have	expired	in	December	31,	2008	but	with	the	initial	six-month	program	extension	
         granted	through	Joint	Resolution	No.1,	the	Department	is	optimistic	that	this	period	will	give	legislators	ample	time	
         to	study	and	craft	the	necessary	amendments	on	the	agrarian	reform	law.	Meanwhile,	the	DAR	shall	continue	the	
         implementation	of	the	Program	in	consonance	with	the	CY	2009	Directives.	An	action	agenda	has	been	prepared	to	
         optimize	the	time	and	resources	of	the	Department	for	the	extension	period	provided.	These	include:	(a)	compliance	
         to	the	CY	2009	sectoral	directives	(b)	internal	administrative	reforms,	(c)	strengthening	linkages	with	the	Senate	and	
         the	Congress,	(d)	dialogues	with	PGMA,		(e)	strengthening	of	coordination	with	NGOs/POs,	and	(f)	the		adoption	and	
         confirmation	of	previous	activities	which	are	considered	effective	such	as	closer	coordination	with	AR	communities,	
         the	media	and	the	business	community.	In	the	end,	it	shall	carry	on	its	commitment	to	advocate	reforms	and	progress	
         until	the	goals	of	CARP	are	realized.	

                                                        Various AR Summits held nationwide

Core Offices
DAR	Core	Offices

Office of the Secretary (OSEC)
The	DAR	Secretary	is	vested	with	the	authority	and	responsibility	to	supervise	and	take	charge	of	the	over-
all	management	of	the	Department	and		to	implement	the	DAR’s	mandate	as	lead	implementor	of	CARP.	          	
The	Office	of	the	Secretary	consists	of	the	DAR	Secretary	and	his	immediate	staff,	the	Public	Affairs	Staff	
(PAS),	the	Special	Concerns	Staff	(SCS),	the	Internal	Audit	Service	(IAS),	the	Presidential	Agrarian	Reform	
Council	(PARC)	Secretariat,	and	the	Center	for	Land	Use	Policy,	Planning	and	Implementation	(CLUPPI).	     	

L-R: Director Erlinda M. Manluctao (SCS), Atty. Roland B. Manalaysay (DARAB OIC-Executive Director), Atty. Jim G.
Coleto (Head Executive Assistant), Atty. Ma. Liza G. Resurreccion (CLUPPI Secretariat Head), Secretary Nasser C.
Pangandaman, Director Atanacia M. Guevarra (PARC Secretariat), Director Aurita C. Ang (PARC Secretariat), Director
Hugo D. Yonzon III (PAS), and Assistant Director Norma L. Padigos (PAS) (Not in Photo: Atty. Edgar A. Igano, OIC-
Director, IAS and concurrent DARAB Board Member)

                                                                                                     DAR	Core	Offices

Field Operations Office (FOO)
The	Field	Operations	Office	facilitates	the	monitoring	and	assessment	of	the	implementation	of	the	land	
tenure	 improvement	 policies,	 plans	 and	 programs	 at	 the	 regional,	 provincial	 and	 municipal	 levels.	 It	 is	
comprised	 of	 the	 Office	 of	 the	 Undersecretary	 for	 Field	 Operations,	 the	 Assistant	 Secretary	 for	 Field	
Operations,	the	Bureau	of	Land	Development	(BLD),	and	the	Bureau	of	Land	Acquisition	and	Distribution	

L-R: Director Leandro A. Caymo (BLD), Assistant Secretary Dominador B. Andres (FOO), Director Rodolfo Bernardo M.
Bueno (BLAD), Undersecretary Renato F. Herrera (FOO), Assistant Director Rodolfo G. Frilles (BLAD), and Assistant
Director Erlinda QE. Aragoncillo (BLD)

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DAR	Core	Offices

Support Services Office (SSO)
The	 Support	 Services	 Office	 provides	 general	 support	 and	 coordinative	 services	 in	 the	 implementation	
of	 CARP,	 specifically	 in	 carrying	 out	 the	 provisions	 of	 the	 services	 to	 farmer-beneficiaries	 and	 affected	
landowners.	SSO	is	comprised	of	the	Office	of	the	Undersecretary	for	Support	Services,	the		Bureau	of	
Agrarian	Reform	Beneficiaries	Development	(BARBD),		the	Project	Development	and	Management	Staff	
(PDMS),	and	the	Foreign-Assisted	Projects	Office	(FAPsO).

L-R: Assistant Director Elena C. Cabañes (BARBD), Director Susana E. Leones (BARBD), Director Herminia B. San
Juan (PDMS), and Undersecretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong (SSO)

                                                                                                       DAR	Core	Offices

Legal Affairs Office (LAO) and
DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB)
The	Legal	Affairs	Office	is	in-charge	in	reviewing	contracts	and	other	legal	matters	affected	by	the	agrarian	
reform	program	particularly	the	resolution	of	agrarian	law	implementation	(ALI)	cases,	ARB	representation	
before	judicial	and	quasi-judicial	bodies	and	mediation	and	conciliation.	LAO	is	comprised	of	the	Office	of	
Undersecretary	for	Legal	Affairs,		Office	of	the	Assistant	Secretary	for	Legal	Affairs,	the	Bureau	of	Agrarian	
Legal	Assistance	(BALA),	and	the	Legal	Service	(LS).		

The	 DAR	 Adjudication	 Board	 is	 vested	 with	 quasi-judicial	 powers	 to	 determine	 and	 adjudicate	 agrarian	
reform	 matters,	 and	 shall	 have	 original	 jurisdiction	 over	 all	 matters	 involving	 implementation	 of	 agrarian	
reform,	except	those	falling	under	exclusive	jurisdiction	of	the	DENR	and	the	Department	of	Agriculture.

L-R: Atty. Ibra D. Omar (BALA Director), Atty. Ma. Conuselo F. Sotalbo (LS Director), Atty. Ma. Patricia Ruallo-
Bello (Assistant Secretary and DARAB Board Member), Atty. Jim G. Coleto (Head Executive Assistant and DARAB
Board Member), Atty. Roland B. Manalaysay (DARAB Secretariat OIC-Executive Director), Atty. Augusto P. Quijano
(Undersecretary, LAO), Atty. Ruben B. Alban (BALA Asst. Director), Atty. Ambrosio B. De Luna (Assistant Secretary,
LAO and DARAB Board Member) (Not in Photo: Atty. Egdar A. Igano, Assistant Secretary and DARAB Board Member
and concurrent OIC-Director, IAS)

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DAR	Core	Offices

Finance, Management and
Administrative Office (FMAO)
The	Finance,	Management	and	Administrative	Office	is	in-charge	with	the	proper	and	timely	allocation	of	
funds	to	support	approved	programs,	projects	and	activities.	It	is	responsible	for	the	appropriate	management	
control	 and	 accounting	 of	 funds,	 the	 establishment	 of	 management	 systems	 and	 procedures	 as	 well	 as	
managing	the	Department’s	physical	assets.	It	is	also	involved	in	the	provision	of	services	to	employees	
to	 ensure	 effective	 and	 efficient	 personnel	 management	 and	 manpower	 career	 development.	 FMAO	 is	
comprised	of	the	Office	of	the	Undersecretary	for	Finance,	Management	and	Administrative	Office,	Bureau	
of	Agrarian	Reform	Information	and	Education	(BARIE),	the	Finance	and	Management	Service	(FIMAS)	
and	the	Administrative	Service.	

Seated front row: OIC-Director Dominador V. Sison, Jr. (Administrative Service) and Undersecretary Narciso B. Nieto
(FMAO), standing at the back: Director Teresita L. Panlilio (FIMAS), OIC-Assistant Director Susana R. Serrano (BARIE)
and OIC-Director Nelia I. Manahan (BARIE)

                                                                                                     DAR	Core	Offices

 Policy, Planning and
 External Affairs Office (PPEAO)
 The	 Policy,	 Planning	 and	 External	 Affairs	 Office	 advises	 and	 assists	 the	 Secretary	 in	 the	 development,	
 integration	 and	 prioritization	 of	 plans,	 programs,	 and	 projects	 funded	 by	 DAR	 and	 its	 impact	 on	 CARP	
 implementation.	 It	 coordinates	 with	 different	 offices,	 bureaus,	 attached	 agencies	 as	 well	 as	 establishes	
 linkages	with	foreign	funding	institutions	for	the	implementation	of	computerized	operations	and	initiation	
 of	research	and	studies	for	planning	and	policy	formulation	purposes.	PPEAO	is	composed	of	the	Office	of	
 the	Undersecretary	for	Policy,	Planning	and	External	Affairs,	Policy	and	Strategic	Research	Sevice	(PSRS),	
 Planning	Service	(PS),	Management	Information	Service	(MIS)	and	the	Legislative	Affairs	Secretariat.	

L-R: Director Nestor C. Bayoneto (MIS), Director Nestor G. Floranda (Legislative Affairs Secretariat), Undersecretary
Gerundio C. Madueño (PPEAO), and Director Letecia N. Damole (PS) (Not in Photo: Director Martha Carmel F. Chanco,

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                                                                                                       DAR	Directory

                           DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS

           NAME/DESIGNATION                              FAx NUMBER                E-MAIL ADDRESS

                                                   Direct:	920-03	80;	482-1390
                                                          Fax:	929-3460 	
                                                        Trunkline	loc.:	401

       NARCISO B. NIETO, CESO III                       Direct:	474-5805
               Undersecretary                          Trunkline	loc.:	214
  Finance,	Management	and	Admin.	Office
 and	Project	Implementation	Officer,	FAPsO

    GERUNDIO C. MADUEÑO, CESO I                    Direct:	474-7693;	454-2027
               Undersecretary                          Trunkline	loc.:	409
 Policy,	Planning	and	External	Affairs	Office

            Undersecretary                              Direct:	454-2011 
        Support	Services	Office

        Atty. AUGUSTO P. QUIJANO
 OIC	-	Undersecretary,	Legal	Affairs	Office,
OIC	-		Executive	Director,	Litigation	-	LAO	and	        Direct:	480-6513
       Vice	Chairman	/	Board	Member
           DAR	Adjudication	Board

           OIC	-	Undersecretary                         Direct:	474-5997
          Field	Operations	Office                      Trunkline	loc.:	417
   and	Over-all	Committee	Chair,	CLUPPI

        OIC	-	Assistant	Secretary                       Direct:	482-1381
         Field	Operations	Group

       Atty. AMBROSIO B. DE LUNA
                                                        Direct:	474-7405
      Assistant	Secretary	and	Member,	
                                                       Trunkline	loc.:	405
          DAR	Adjudication	Board

         Assistant	Secretary
  DARCO	Davao	/	Support	Services	Office

          Atty. EDGAR A. IGANO
      Assistant	Secretary	and	Member,                   Direct:	480-6256 
          DAR	Adjudication	Board

      Assistant	Secretary	and	Member,	                  Direct:	480-6420 
          DAR	Adjudication	Board

          Atty. JIM G. COLETO
        OIC	-	Assistant	Secretary,                      Direct:	474-7141
         DAR	Adjudication	Board,                       Trunkline	loc.:	402 
     Concurrent	Executive	Director	and
        Head	Executive	Assistant

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DAR	Directory

                                         DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS

                          NAME/DESIGNATION                                                    E-MAIL ADDRESS
                                                                    FAx NUMBER

                    Atty. ROLAND B. MANALAYSAY
                                                                   Direct:	480-5641          rolandmanalaysay@
                         OIC	-	Executive	Director	
                                                              Trunkline	loc.:	614	and	631
                           DARAB	Secretariat

                       ATANACIA M. GUEVARRA
                            Director	(CPCMS)                       Direct:	474-7120
                   Presidential	Agrarian	Reform	Council	          Trunkline	loc.:	313
                           (PARC	Secretariat)	

                             AURITA C. ANG
                            Director	(ARFMS)                       Direct:	474-7120 
                   Presidential	Agrarian	Reform	Council           Trunkline	loc.:	313
                           (PARC	Secretariat)	

                          HUGO D. YONZON III
                                                                   Direct:	480-3961
                                Director	IV                                         
                                                                  Trunkline	loc.:	116
                         Public	Affairs	Staff	(PAS)

                          NORMA L. PADIGOS
                                                                   Direct:	480-3961
                                Director	III                                       
                                                                  Trunkline	loc.:	116
                         Public	Affairs	Staff	(PAS)

                       ERLINDA M. MANLUCTAO                        Direct:	928-6821
                             OIC	-	Director	IV                      Fax:	928-6821  
                       Special	Concerns	Staff	(SCS)               Trunkline	loc.:	105

                    NESTOR G. FLORANDA, CESO IV
                                                                   Direct:	480-4049
                                Director	III                                        
                                                                  Trunkline	loc.:	102
                      Legislative	Affairs	Secretariat	

                       Atty. IBRA D. OMAR, Al Haj
                                Director	IV	
                Bureau	of	Agrarian	Legal	Assistance	(BALA)	        Direct:	474-7433  
                          and	Executive	Director                  Trunkline	loc.:	207
                 Center	for	Land	Use	Policy,	Planning	and	
                         Implementation	(CLUPPI)	
                         Atty. RUBEN B. ALBAN
                                 Director	III                      Direct:	474-7433 
                Bureau	of	Agrarian	Legal	Assistance	(BALA)        Trunkline	loc.:	209

                  Engr. LEANDRO A. CAYMO, CESO VI
                                                                   Direct:	480-2405
                               Director	IV
                                                                  Trunkline	loc.:	626
                   Bureau	of	Land	Development	(BLD)	

                                Director	III                      Direct:	474-5782
                    Bureau	of	Land	Development	(BLD)	             Trunkline	loc:	666

                          NELIA I. MANAHAN
                            OIC	-	Director	IV                      Direct:	922-8975
                                                                    Fax:	922-8975   	
                  Bureau	of	Agrarian	Reform	Information	
                         and	Education	(BARIE)                    Trunkline	loc.:	108

                                                                                                     DAR	Directory

                             DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS

             NAME/DESIGNATION                                                  E-MAIL ADDRESS
                                                       FAx NUMBER

            SUSANA R. SERRANO
                                                       Direct:	922-8975
                 OIC	-	Director	III
                                                        Fax:	922-8975
      Bureau	of	Agrarian	Reform	Information	
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	109
             and	Education	(BARIE)

                                                       Direct:	480-5441
                  Director	IV                                       
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	523
Bureau	of	Land	Acquisition	and	Distribution	(BLAD)	

            RODOLFO G. FRILLES
                                                       Direct:	480-5441
                  Director	III
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	517
Bureau	of	Land	Acquisition	and	Distribution	(BLAD)	

         SUSANA E. LEONES, CESO III                    Direct:	926-1890
                    Director	IV                         Fax:	926-1890
           Bureau	of	Agrarian	Reform	                 Trunkline	loc.:	318
       Beneficiaries	Development	(BARBD)	

           MA. ELENA C. CABAÑES                        Direct:	926-1890
                 OIC	-	Director	III                     Fax:	926-1890 
           Bureau	of	Agrarian	Reform	                 Trunkline	loc.:	314
       Beneficiaries	Development	(BARBD)

   MARTHA CARMEL F. CHANCO, CESO III                   Direct:	480-4070
                    Director	III                      Trunkline	loc.:	305
  Policy	and	Strategic	Research	Service	(PSRS)

                                                       Direct:	480-6261
                 Director	III	                                       
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	610
     Management	Information	Service	(MIS)

      LETECIA N. DAMOLE, CES Eligible                              	
                                                       Direct:	482-1377
                 Director	III                                          
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	309
              Planning	Service

           TERESITA L. PANLILIO                        Direct:	474-5364
                 Director	III                                       
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	200
   Finance	and	Management	Service	(FIMAS)

     HERMINIA FE B. SAN JUAN, CESO III                 Direct:	926-8961
                    Director	III                        Fax:	926-8961
Project	Development	and	Management	Service	(PDMS)     Trunkline	loc.:	307

       Engr. DOMINADOR V. SISON, JR.                   Direct:	455-5855
               OIC	-	Director	III                     Trunkline	loc.:	714
             Administrative	Service

                                                       Direct:	474-7681
                  Director	III	
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	100
                 Legal	Service	

                                                       Direct:	455-5855
                Director	III                                         
                                                      Trunkline	loc.:	502
           Administrative	Service

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DAR	Directory

                         FOREIgN-ASSISTED PROjECTS’ OFFICES

                    NAME OF PROJECT                  NAME/DESIGNATION

                Agrarian	Reform	Infrastructure	
                                                  MA. CELERINA G. AFABLE             Tel:	454-2150
                 Support	Program	(ARISP	III)
                                                   National	Project	Manager          Fax:	454-2143
                          Phase	III

              Second	Agrarian	Reform	             ADELBERTO B. BANIQUED
                                                                                 Tel:	453-1826;426-7737
           Community	Development	Program	           Chief	Technical	Adviser/
                                                                                      Fax:	927-1293
                    (ARCDP	2)                          Project	Manager

           Mindanao	Sustainable	Settlement	
                                                  PERCIVAL C. DALUGDOG           Tel:	958-4729;	426-9288
              Area	Development	Project	
                                                   National	Project	Manager           Telfax:	928-338

           Solar	Power	Technology	Support	
                                                  REUBEN EMMANUEL T. QUEJAS          Tel:	426-7452
             Project	for	Agrarian	Reform	
                                                       Project	Manager              TelFax:	426-7490
               Communities	(SPOTS	II)

           Programme	for	the	Empowerment	
               of	Indigenous	People	and	           MARIE GRACE PASCUA
             Sustainable	Development	of	             National	Programme	              Tel:	426-9314
                   Ancestral	Domains	                    Coordinator

            Northern	Mindanao	Community	                                           Tel:	(085)815-4477;	
               Initiatives	and	Resource	             ANTONIO B. MENOR                    815-4460;
                 Management	Project	                   Project	Director                  341-4323
                      (NMCIREMP)                                                   Fax:	(085)226-5897

             Agrarian	Reform	Beneficiaries	        DOMINADOR B. ANDRES           Tel:	426-7484;	426-7486
            Development	Program	(AREDP)           Project	Development	Director       TelFax:	426-7489

                    Philippine	Fruit	and	
                                                    SOLOMON D. BADOY
                  Vegetable	Industries,	Inc.                                     Tel:	929-3605;	929-2582

                                                                                                           DAR	Directory

                                    REgIONAL OFFICES

          REGION/ADDRESS                             NAME/DESIGNATION                 FAx NUMBER

                                                                                  Tel:	(074)	445-4497
                                                                                  Fax:	(074)	300-3121
 51	Plaza	Natalia,	Naguilian	Road,	Baguio	City         Regional	Director
                                                                                  Cell:	0920-9458561
                 REGION I                                                         Tel:	(072)	700-2539;	
       Carlatan,	San	Fernando	City,	             HOMER P. TOBIAS, CESO IV
                                                                                  700-5770;	700-5770
                 La	Union                            Regional	Director
                                                                                  Cell:	0929-795-5376
              REGION II                          Atty. CASIANO G. ECLAR, JR.,
                                                                                TelFax:	(078)	846-1642
 Regional	Government	Center,	Carig	Sur,	                    CESO IV
                                                                                 Cell:	0917-578-5758	
            Tuguegarao	City	                         OIC	-	Regional	Director

               REGION III                                                         Tel:	(045)	961-5008
                                                   TEOFILO Q. INOCENCIO
Pedmar	Bldg.,	Dolores,	San	Fernando	City,	                                        Fax:	(045)	961-2806
                                                    OIC	-	Regional	Director
               Pampanga                                                           Cell:	0928-501-2944
           REGION IV-A                           ANTONIO G. EVANGELISTA,
 PNCC	Complex,	EDSA	cor.	Reliance	St.,	                   CESO V                   Tel:	(02)	747-2225
         Mandaluyong	City                          OIC	-	Regional	Director         Cell:	0918-9139628

             REGION IV-B                         ERLINDA PEARL V. ARMADA,
                                                                                   Tel:	(02)	631-1761
  Rudgen	Bldg.	I,	Shaw	Blvd.,	Pasig	City                  CESO V
                                                                                   Cell:	0920-5934533
                                                      Regional	Director
               REGION V                          Atty. MA. CELESTINA M. TAM
Tanchuling	Bldg.,	Lakandula	Drive,	Gogon,	                                        Tel:	(052)	481-9580
                                                        Regional	Director
              Legaspi	City
               REGION VI                             ALExIS M. ARSENAL
3rd	St.,	Lawa-an	Village,	Balantang,	Jaro,	                                       Tel:	(033)	329-0775
                                                       Regional	Director          Cell:	0918-9220636
                Iloilo	City
              REGION VII                                                          Tel:	(032)	253-6913
                                                 RODOLFO T. INSON, CESO III
Cebu	Capitol	Legislative	Bldg.,	N.	Escario	                                       Fax:	(032)	416-5650
                                                     Regional	Director
             St.,	Cebu	City                                                       Cell:	0920-9541047
                REGION VIII                      JOHN M. MARUHOM, CESO IV         Tel:	(053)	325-5139	
            Sto.	Niño	Extension,	                   OIC	-	Regional	Director       Cell:	0917-7268967
            Tacloban	City,	Leyte
             REGION Ix                             JULITA A. RAGANDANG            Tel:	(062)	991-0159
   DAR	Regional	Office,	Pagadian	City               OIC	-	Regional	Director       Cell:	0920-9221727
               REGION x                                                         Tel:	(088)	858-2674;	858-
           Macanhan,	Carmen,	                      Engr. FELIx B. AGUHOB                   1104
           Cagayan	de	Oro	City                        Regional	Director           Cell:	0918-917-7046
              REGION xI                            DATU YUSOPH B. MAMA            Tel:	(082)	297-1690
    Quimpo	Blvd.,	Ecoland,	Davao	City                 Regional	Director           Cell:	0917-436-7916

               REGION xII                                                         Tel:	(064)	421-8502
       Regional	Government	Center,	               NASSER MUSALI, CESO IV          Fax:	(064)	421-1216;	
              Cotabato	City                           Regional	Director                 421-3006
                                                                                  Cell:	0928-503-0868
                CARAGA                               ELMO D. BAÑARES             Tel:	(085)	341-3450;	815-3460
     CTP	Bldg.,	Libertad,	Butuan	City                 Regional	Director           Cell:	0920-519-1532

              ARMM                                  ALLEN HOFER USMAN             Tel:	(064)	421-6512
      ARMM	Complex,	Cotabato	City                     Regional	Secretary        Tel/Fax:	(064)	390-1461
                                                                                  Cell:	0919-2980945

                                                                                           2008 Annual Report      43
           Prepared by:    Planning Service
           	               Annual	Report	Technical	Working	Committee	(ARTWORC)

                  L-R: Mr Eduardo G. Beltejar, Ms. Valerie A. Silva, Ms. Maria Concepcion F. Calleja,
                               Ms. Ma. Rhea A. Telles, and Mr. Emmanuel M. Fallaria


                  The	Annual	Report	Technical	Working	Committee	(ARTWORC)	
                      expresses	its	gratitude	for	the	support	of	the	following:

                       Director Hugo D. Yonzon III and the Public Affairs Staff (PAS)
                                         Support Services Office (SSO)
                     Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development (BARBD)


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