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JANUARY- MARCH 2007 TUG-ANI 1 inside 2 Editorial Ambassador of Belgium 3 BIARSP III projects implemented Features visits Oriental Negros 3 In the eyes of a child 4 PAMUFACO 5 A realization of DAR 6 Exclusive CARPO Tessie T. Corpuz 7 Unfinished Business 10 BOFARMPUCO 11 ARCDP2 in the past three years Administrative Order No. 8 EDITORIAL STAFF Executive Editor GRACE B. FUA Editor in-Chief Aileen C. Alaban Ambassador Verdakis beams as he lifted his cup of coffee Artist Richard Thomas T. Leduna The Ambassador of Belgium The 2 classroom has a total It is beyond architecture,” he to the Philippines, His Excellency project cost of P850,000.00. added. Contributors Gregoire Verdakis, visited For Ambassador Gregoire The Ambassador was Marcial B. Ada Oriental Negros last March 29. He Verdakis, extraordinary thing grateful for the people’s hospitality. visited BIARSP Phase III Project happened in this visit however, he’s He also thanked the Mayor and (DF Siaton) in Bayawan and at the same time fortunate to hear good news from the Barangay Officials. He is Shiela B. Caballero participated in the project turn over Mayor Sarana. He admired the hopeful that the children will also (Legal Officer Canlaon) ceremony of the 2 classroom Chief Executive of Bayawan in take good care of the structure and Engr. Jonathan A. Francisco Elementary School of Buli-Buli, a administering the delivery of the he extended luck for future collaborated project of the project ahead of schedule and that endeavor. Elizabeth L. Meneses Department of Agrarian Reform made him very happy. Mayor German Sarana (OIC MARO Mabinay) (DAR), Belgian Integrated Agrarian “This building is the most expressed his joy that the structure Edwin G. Arnado Reform Support Programme complete and very attractive down was completed ahead of schedule Charilyn G. Palalon (BIARSP) and the Local to its details,” Verdakis said. It is and he thanked DAR-BIARSP for Government Unit of Bayawan. something done by professionals. making this project possible. DAR-BIARSP turnover 2 CL The Department of Agrarian by the Ambassador of Belgium to Reform-Oriental Negros and Belgian the Philippines, His Excellency Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Gregoire Verdakis; Belgian Programme (BIARSP) and the Programme Coordinator Peter Local Government Unit of Bayawan D’Huys; CARPO for BDCD Regional turned over the Construction of 2 Office Dr. Antonio Del Socorro; Chief classroom elementary school of Legal DAR NegOr Atty. Louie Buli-Buli to DepED. Naranjo; Municipal Agrarian Reform This project has a total Officer of Bayawan Sherwin B. project cost of P850, 000 .00, the Tubog; Bayawan Mayor German grant from BIARSP is P335, 000.00 Sarana; Bayawan Vice Mayor Rene Ambassador Verdakis, Belgian Programme Cordinator Peter D’Huys while GOP fund is P515, 000.00. Gaudiel and DepEd Superintendent and Dr. Antonio Del Socorro during the Turnover The turn-over was attended Dr. Milagros Velez. 2 TUG-ANI JANUARY- MARCH 2007 ALL ABOUT TUG-ANI TUG-ANI is a local dialect which means “To Tell.” As conceived herein, Tug-Ani is a combination of “Tug-An” meaning to TELL and “ANI” meaning HARVEST. As a compound word, it means more than its simple meaning; it may mean Telling One’s Harvest. TUG-ANI as an official newsletter of the Department of Agrarian Reform-Negros Oriental (DAR-Negros Oriental) does not only simply “Tell” but goes beyond its suggested meaning. HOW TO REACH TUG-ANI MAIL: TUG-ANI DAR Provincial Office Solon Building, Hibbard Avenue Dumaguete City EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TELEPHONE: (035)422-0608 TELEFAX: (035)422-5736 EDITORIAL WINNING MOMENT About this issue Success means winning. Would it also mean gains in the organization? This issue contains different success stories of cooperatives assisted by BIARSP and farmer Personal prosperity in the lives of our farmer beneficiaries who were benefited from the same beneficiaries? assistance. Or, would it also be winning admiration in leadership. The stories in this issue will surely motivate, There are so many faces of success. Such are the encourage other cooperatives to come up with innovations that will help improve their services and enlightenment to different stories of our cooperatives assisted by BIARSP other farmer beneficiaries that there is more to life if we and some farmer beneficiaries who benefited from CARP. only work hard and change our attitude. Every human being wants success. Everybody wants Through this issue, we want to thank our the best this life can deliver and so with our Institution. DAR contributors for helping us document the so called “winning Oriental Negros through PARO Grace Fua’s leadership moments” of our coops and our farmer beneficiaries. cuts off mediocrity in the delivery of services. DAR Oriental Negros hits 100% target of 2006 in The Editorial Staff Land Tenure Improvement. Through the concerted efforts of the technical staff, the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers and its staff, the CARPO for Operations, the PARO I and the PARO II, it hits 4, 821.7021 hectares against 4, 244 hectare target. Truly a great winning. There is nothing mystical about this. It is more of what we believe and do. A successful Institution doesn’t mean “I studied the lives of great men and famous women. I that there are supermen inside the workforce. Nor does it found that the men and women who got the top were require to have a super-intellect. DAR Oriental Negros those who did the jobs they had in hand, with every- through a well defined management and strong workforce thing they had of energy and enthusiasm.” has met the target because we believe that we can accomplish and we do what we believe in. - Harry S. Truman JANUARY- MARCH 2007 TUG-ANI 3 In the eyes of a child (The Aya story on a remote Philippine mountain) By Aileen C. Alaban to get a picture of her.. alas! Got disability; it can help protect the ya.. it’s hard to strike a pose and people in that remote area from the flash the best smile. environmental health hazards and Wait and hope for help to come. educate them about health in general. Wait and hope the little ones would In an isolated place like Aya get the food, water, clothing, and would mean limited medical aid they needed just to survive, resources and those infectious maybe, is what that little girl has in diseases could likely thrive. mind. During the launching, La A better life: that was the theme Libertad Mayor Jocelyn of every child who has struggled for Limkaichong thanked BIARSP for survival. Through the aid of BIARSP, the assistance given to her Aya is blessed with this kind of municipality. “We (referring to La investment. It means better health, Libertad LGU) have decided to put better future. up equity since we feel the need of In the April-September 2006 putting up this barangay health issue of Tug-Ani, I wrote about the station. I’d like to bring some importance of public health in the improvements to Aya,” she added. The smiling black eyes of a little girl in Aya community. That public health is Building this health station is said to be protection and something that I see it as simply improvement of the health of the helping those in need. The essence On January 25, 2007, earlier on Station funded by the Belgian entire populations through that day, I set off with nong Dodoy Integrated Agrarian Reform community-wide action, primarily 9 to Aya, La Libertad on jagged paths Support Programme (BIARSP). governmental which last up on a village over an Upon reaching Aya, I have this agencies like DAR hour away from the foot of the feeling of sadness, seeing the and the LGUs. mountain. With the steep, soaring residents there as deprived. But Putting up a hills and precipitous valleys, I said what touched me most is that dark barangay health to myself that I will never return to haired, violet skinned, smiling black station is a way to this place again. eyes little girl alongside her younger protection and Aya is a barangay located high sister. Her eyes had shown flicker improvement. With up a mountain on the Philippine of hope with the realization of that the barangay health Island of Oriental Negros which is Barangay Health Station. What station, it may aid the last barangay of La Libertad and interests me most was her being the residents there boundary of Negros Occidental. We attentive to the different speeches in the prevention of rushed to catch up with the of the guests… as if she understood human diseases, This is Aya, a barangay located high up a mountain injury, and on the Philippine Island of Oriental Negros launching of a Barangay Health what it was all about. I was eager 4 TUG-ANI JANUARY- MARCH 2007 PAMUFACO’s growth and success By Elizabeth L. Meneses PAMUFACO started extending ser- actively contributing members with al- good standing as PAMUFACO mem- Pantao, Mabinay, Oriental Negros. Or- vices to its member in the year 1998 most P600,000.00 share capital from ber and borrower they were able to ganized in 1996 and was registered when it has accessed funding from P22,000.00 in 1998. The BIARSP fund send their children to college educa- with the Cooperative Development Au- BIARSP of a little more that P800, accessed by PAMUFACO has now tion and build better houses and their thority in 1998. Its financial statement 000.00. reached to almost P1.4 million and the dream of better and convenient life is of operation is externally audited an- During the early life of PAMUFACO total assets of PAMUFACO as of July now within their reach through hard nually since the year 2000. PAMUFACO it went through hard times, it has also 31, 2006 is now almost P4 million. work and prayers. now stands with a building of its own. its trying moments. Its first year of op- PAMUFACO has established a produc- This is Pantao Multipurpose eration was a failure. Repayment rate tion loan line of P1.5 million with the Farmers Cooperative (PAMUFACO) of was very low due to untimely delivery Land Bank of the Philippines. This loan of inputs coupled with plant damaged is utilized to finance ARB’s farm area caused by the attacked of DULON. But which lacks capital making their land most of all due to officers limited edu- productive rather than have their area cation, incapable of formulating ironed (in arriendo) to moneyed people. This policies, cannot strictly implement for- is one of PAMUFACO’s available ser- mulated policies, lax in monitoring of vices extended to interested ARB projects and above all their under- members. This has helped a lot es- standing of cooperative is more of as- pecially after installation period when sistance to the poor than business, new Landowner ARBs cannot afford to grant and not loan not different on finance their area to keep it productive. many Land Bank organized coopera- With God’s grace, PAMUFACO has tives that mostly if not all failed. maintained its credit standing with LBP It was so much of a struggle for for already five successive years which anyone assisting PAMUFACO at that includes PAMUFACO in LBP’s list of A- time. PAMUFACO officers’ attitude to- 1 borrower. Just recently, PAMUFACO wards cooperativism is an added again qualifies to avail the services of PAMUFACO Officials with MAROs Meneses and Luzuriaga problem. Just like any Pre-Schooler, NORPAC for another P500, 000.00. For they will have to know the basics and now, PAMUFACO has various services to understand that cooperativism may offered to MIGS members to fit their not be the best way but it is the only needs. Its officers are now good in for- way for them to be developed socially, mulating policies in each project economically, politically and be uplifted strictly implementing and monitoring. of their dignity as MAN. The concrete manifestation of By educating and coaching the of- PAMUFACO’s growth and success is ficers, an increasing attendance dur- the status of our ARB members ing meetings both in BOD and owner- namely Hussein Bordago and Garry ship is noticeable. Officers were slowly Maghari. These two ARBs were just an able to formulate a more effective poli- ordinary tapasero / farmlaborer of the cies and scheme in delinquent loan former landowner Nicolas Solon. They collection, which reduced the delin- joined PAMUFACO right after they were quency rate to less than 15%. Though installed at Nicolas Solon estate in the increase in general membership is not year 2000. With PAMUFACO behind very impressive, but it has now 220 their needs and by maintaining their JANUARY- MARCH 2007 TUG-ANI 5 A realization of DAR’s vision By Shiela Caballero It was another rainy August Scale, a computer and an assortment ter than before. dance to various seminars and morning. It had been raining for of farm tools and equipment. Marilou Castillo is another ex- trainings embolden her to take the re- weeks now. But Isabelita Lumabit ample. She was also a farm worker of sponsibility of the manning the new- was sweating despite the cold RAMPUCO offered various ser- the former Hacienda. She supple- est service of RAMPUCO – their ca- Canlaon morning. She, together with vices to its members. Among them are mented her income by selling banana tering service. the few other women coop members the following: cue at the sidewalks of the public She is now very adept in menu were unloading large kettles, basins, 1. Lending (which started since 1998) school. She was also among the first planning-course with the assistance ladles, serving trays and the likes 2. Savings mobilization (retention from loan) incorporators of RAMPUCO in 1997. of their DF, SARPT Ms. Daisy from hired tricycle at the east en- 3. Sugar production (in partnership She availed of the services of the coop Geonson-table setting, getting book- trance of the DARMO in Canlaon City. with the LBP) to finance her sugarcane farm. Today ings, and particularly the tedious pa- She was giving quick instructions to 4. Farm Inputs assistance/loan (for sugarcane, her success can be easily seen in the per works like preparations of vouch- the others. corn, and rice) concrete house she owns complete ers, receipts, reimbursements / “Day, lihug lang ibutang and 5. Feed mixing (ceased operation in 2004) with household appliances and gad- claims for payments and the likes. mga gamit sa kitchen.” (Day just 6. Agricultural Financing to CLOA Holders gets which she enjoyed with family. Hers may not be financial or eco- place it please in the kitchen) 7. swine raising The family of Lopito Baltazar is nomic gains but rather a great im- “Dira lang una sa kilid sa table 8. Job generation (farm activities) also worth mentioning. Lopito and his provement in her being a person. iplastar ang mga pinggan ug baso. 9. Catering services wife Fermina are active members of She now demonstrates picture of Ang flowers itupad sa gi-arrange na The Catering Services is the new- RAMPUCO. Lopito was among the first confidence and manifestation of mga prutas” (Place the plates and est addition of their services. The idea members of the BOD. He was an ordi- DAR’s mission of an empowered in- tumblers on the one side of the table. was a brain child of SARPT Daisy L. nary farm worker before who also dividual. And arrange the flowers beside the Geonson after the feed mill ceased struggled to manage a small sari-sari In terms of assets, RAMPUCO fruits.) operation in 2004. During those times business. Now they engaged in sug- may not be the best as compared to “Unaha lang and tubig init. DARMO Canlaon hosted a number of arcane production and go into the busi- other cooperatives but its success is Damo gid na mangayo kape ron.” seminars and trainings of POs and ness of services contracting like haul- best seen in the members’ ingenu- (Prepare the hot water first. A lot shall ARBs. Catering services was neces- ing trucks and tractor services. ity, hard work, and dedication contin- be asking for coffee later). sary for the participants and lecturers Fermina, on the other hand is con- ued and struggled to stand strong These women are preparing for alike. It triggered the entrepreneurial nected with the NIRD Inc. (Canlaon), a and upright despite failures and ad- the one-day seminar sponsored by potential of the coop and offered to do Non Government Organization as a versities. The spirit of optimism and the Sugar Regulatory Authority and catering services exclusively for these Local Community Organizer (LCO). solidarity are its best suc- the Philsurin at DARMO, Canlaon. seminars. This husband and wife team success- cess. RAMPUCO is contracted to do cater- Since then, RAMPUCO served al- fully produced four college gradu- ing services to some one hundred most all of the seminars held at ates. One of her daughters is pres- participants. DARMO Canlaon. Now visiting groups ently a volunteer of NIRD Inc. RAMPUCO is the acronym of the of ARBs and POs from other munici- (Bayawan). Ramrod Agricultural Multi-purpose palities now likewise employs their Lastly, is Isabelita Lumabit, Cooperative. Its members are basi- services. who is fondly called Bebing. cally agrarian reform beneficiaries RAMPUCO is the most visited co- Her husband, Hermilito, and and farm workers of the sugar haci- operative among the other agrarian she were among the pio- enda formerly owned by the spouses beneficiaries’ cooperative in Canlaon neer cooperators of Rosendo and Anita Dela Rama. The City. (Educational tour destination, it RAMPUCO who remained cooperative was first organized in often interest foreign spon- active in the various coop 1997 by Ms. Rose Gonzales of the sors/benefactors-Bel- activities until to- Philippine Peasant Institute (now gian representatives, day. The known as NIRD Inc.) a Non Govern- and DAR Secretary, family ment Organization (NGO) based in Undersecretaries, Canlaon City. Its Certificate of Reg- Central Office Staff, istration was granted by the Coop- and the different erative Development Authority (CDA) Regional Direc- on April 21, 1997. tors). Initially it only had 22 member- The suc- cooperators from whom seven cess of any coopera- members of the Board of Directors tive can be best mea- were elected. They were Amelita sured by the individual suc- Magdayao sa Chairman, Nilda cesses of its members. For about Lapinid, Senin Togalon, German nine (9) years of existence dela Paz, Leonardo Baradero, RAMPUCO made possible of the Marilou Castillo, and Lopito Baltazar success of the members through its as members. They likewise elected services. Isabelita Lumabit as secretary. Their One of them is the family of paid-up capital or Capital Build Up Leonardo Plaida. It was her wife Mellie, (CBU) then was only P2,300.00. Dur- who worked as a farm laborer of the ing the latest ARC Level Develop- Hacienda, while he worked as a car- ment Assessment (ALDA) penter. The family’s earnings then RAMPUCO was ranked Level 5. could hardly meet the family’s basic needs. However, with the financial as- To date its membership remark- sistance and other services from the ably multiplied to 308 members. coop he was able to make their sug- now owns a Eighty (80) per cent of the members arcane farm productive, invest in con- hauling truck and their daughter are CLOA Holders and beneficiaries struction business-which his son is is now a nursing freshman in Silliman of the former Dela Rama Estate. presently managing in Samar, and University. Their CBU presently totaled P269, sent his children to college. Her Bebing is by nature, hardworking. 386.35 and they have total assets of daughter Leume is presently the book- But her world basically revolved in her P 2, 036, 924.97. Their fixed assets keeper of RAMPUCO. Presently their own household—tending the needs of includes their coop building, a Ham- economic standing is way, way far bet- her daughter and husband. Her atten- mer Mill, a Feed Mixer, a Weighing 6 TUG-ANI JANUARY- MARCH 2007 Exclusive... CARPO Tessie T. Corpuz “A woman who shows what mastering grace and courage is all about” By Aileen C. Alaban Part of my job is to do actual interview Administrative Officer II. She’s into the with important people within the same position from 1989-2005. She organization. I always get excited to received the Most Outstanding know the kind of individual I am with, Section Head, Regional Level in 1997 as I do the face to face talk. I get to and has been designated OIC- know more people. I get to know CARPO for Administration several issue what’s embedded inside them, their times. Today, she is now the CARPO t h e convictions and more. for Operations. directive restraining me to It was during International Women’s However, life is not at all without trying perform my with the day that I conducted a very emotional moments. Maam Tessie has her functions as CARPO. field operations interview with our new CARPO for deepest anguish… personnel. Relatively Operations- Tessie Corpuz. In the last quarter of 2006, there was contributing towards achieving the TRYING TIMES another move to divide the DIVISION mandate of the Department were all I’d like you to meet maam Tessie… “I started to experience opposition into two, southern and northern the Division Heads, Operations Staff, immediately when I assumed the operations, the former to be headed the MAROs, field personnel, as well Tessie Torres Corpuz is her full name. position of CARPO Operations. Some by me. This was planned by the as the regional staff, most especially She is married to Rogelio Q. Corpuz DAR region and division officials, Region in view of eagerness to meet our beloved Regional Director, Datu and has two children, Amy Luz the Yusoph B. Mama. Proper coordination eldest and Barry Jay. Corpuz was born and linkage with various Department on November 11, 1954 in Amlan, “Success is a product of personal conviction, sacrifices and Heads and personnel of various Oriental Negros. She finished determination, by the aid of the Divine Providence, to triumph government agencies, i.e., LBP, elementary at San Jose Elementary Register of Deeds, LMS, CENRO, etc. School in 1968 Valedictorian; vr eetn tuge, ifclis n hlegs t s civd o e r l n i gs r g l s d f i u t e a dc a l n e .I i a h e e have also contributed to the Secondary at Foundation University in hog h eun oprto n upr rm or ueir, t r u ht eg n i ec o e a i na ds p o tf o y u s p r o s successful output in 2006. And to all 1972 with Consistent Principal Honor the aforementioned personnel, I Award; Finished Bachelor of olaus n uodnts lk. c l e g e a ds b r i a e a i e ” extend my profound gratitude and Business Administration at Silliman thanks. University in 1977 with Consistent provincial staff and mostly MARO’s and deliver 100% accomplishment. Of Class Honor Award and Masters in doubted my capabilities to handle course strong doubts lingered that I Business Administration in 1995 at St. DAR operational matters. This was cannot spearhead for an assured CALL FOR CONTINUED Paul University. primarily due to my background which satisfactory results. It was not easy COOPERATION. was limited to Administrative then facing the regional quarterly To my constituents, I sincerely Prior to entering DAR, she worked at functions. In my first few months there assessments due to apprehensions acknowledge and thank for your CDCP Mining Corp., Basay, Oriental was a move to unseat me,” CARPO and lack of confidence. Again the plan valuable contribution towards the Negros from 1977-1981. She entered Tess recalled. to divide the division to serve the Department’s success that has been DAR in October 1988 as contractual above purpose did not prosper. The realized in 2006. I am proud to say that employee and then in January 1989 “I’m fortunate. PPLAO in its letter normal operational set up persisted. through your concerted efforts, got a regular position as dated 22 nd February 2006, did not unselfish dedication to duty and A SURVIVOR. cooperation we have achieved Despite all odds, I surpassed the another milestone that we will be trials. Many factors contributed to my remembered always. Please keep up persistence to stick on the job and the excellent work. Again I am deliver the objectives and targets. requesting for your continued Foremost, I had the vision to succeed cooperation and support. Let us gear in all honesty, integrity, dedication and up to meet the target and challenges hard work. in 2007. DETERMINATION TO LEARN. PUTTING UP VISION. I was determined to learn, to lead and To the young blood, put up your vision, meet the demands of the Department. work out to achieve your goals, never My intent was further strengthened by falter for any failures. Work as if there the trust, confidence, cooperation and is no tomorrow, do not sit on your support and encouragement laurels. Remember that in unity there sincerely poured by PARO II Grace B. is strength. You can only lead and Fua, who believes that we could really command when you know how to meet the target on Land Acquisition obey. Keep learning, be pro-active… and Distribution. As an experienced you are in a dynamic world of CARPO Tess Corpuz, PARO Grace B. Fua, OIC PARO I Pacifico operations man, PARO I Pacifico computer age. The future is in your Quindo, Jr. and the Operations Division Staff Quindo, Jr., unselfishly shared hands! operational strategies corroborating JANUARY- MARCH 2007 TUG-ANI 7 QUO VADIS PINOY? By: Engr. Jonathan A. Francisco Totoy, Totoy bakit ikaw ay nasa tambakan? Naghahalungkat ng bagay na pakinabangan, Upang ibenta at maaring pagkakitaan. Hindi ba dapat ikaw ay nasa paaralan? Nene, Nene bakit ikaw ay nasa bangketa? Sa kung anong bagay maghapon kang nagtitinda, Upang kahit paano’y tumubo’t magkapera. Di ba dapat ikaw ay pumasok sa eskwela? Nanay, Nanay bakit ikaw ay namamasukan? Sa konti mong sahod at pinagkakakitaan, Tungkulin sa mag-anak iyong napabayaan. Di ba dapay ikaw ay nasa inyong tahanan? A farmer planting rice Tatay, Tatay bakit ikaw ay nasa sugalan? Sa pagliliwaliw muntik mong makaligtaan, Panustos sa mag-anak iyong napabayaan. Di ba dapat sila ang un among paglaanan? Unfinished business By Edwin G. Arnado Bayan, Bayan bakit ba tayo nagkakaganyan? Sa hanay ng Bansang Asiano sa kaunlaran, Ating Bansa lagging huli at napag-iwanan. Di ba dapat umunlad na rin an gating bayan? At the peak of the mountain, I a convergence strategy to maximize realized man is just an insignificant the use of scarce funds for Pinoy, Pinoy ano pa ba ang hinihintay mo? detail of a miniature. Perceiving man assistance to farmers that which Simulan na ngayon ang tunay napagbabago, Mula Pangulo hanggang sa huling Pilipino. in his nothingness, stripped from self gives birth to these ARCs. Di ba dapat taas-noong nagmalaki tayo? acclaimed glory, and grandiosity, I I went into data gathering for me see unity and oneness in nature. to support my stand in extending Nature designed no class distinction, CARP. I found out from the data o wakas o inequality, nor hierarchy of existence. supplied by the operations, BDCD Truly, man is born free and equal. We and Legal Division that our program are free insofar as we do what is right has a great impact in the rural areas, and equal before the very eyes of our and by looking at the support SHIFTING TO ORGANIC? creator. services extended to our Second of Seven Series Our nation believes in the beneficiaries, we have contributed a (“Mga Mag-uuma, mao na kini ang tubag sa inyong panginahanglan”) concept of equality in opportunities lot to our economic development. NATURAL FARMING SYSTEMS and in the development of our With adoption of ARCs, the strategy potentials as persons. This is has been proven to increase the I. MGA KINAHANGLANON precisely the reason why we have income and the quality of life of 1. Manila Paper—————————————— 1 pc the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform farmers in agrarian reform 2. Kamay————————————————— 1 kl Program in order for our government communities. Translating the figures 3. Goma————————————————-— 1 pc 4. Sudlanan (Balde)——————————----— 1 pc to promote equality of opportunity I got from our record, that these 5. Timbangan——————————————— 1 unit through land distribution. Land farmers were formerly earning only 6. Tadtaran———————————————— 1 pc distribution is a de facto taxation on up to P38, 000 a year, now they are 7. Kutsilyo————————————————— 1 pc 8. Luwag————————————————— 1 pc wealth in which I believe is for the earning at least P65, 000 a year. In 9. Kaha—————————————————— 1 pc common good. The distribution of Oriental Negros, basing it in our 10. Sala-an————————————————— 1 pc lands to the farmers is good for the success stories gathered, we found Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) economy because it provides out that they are now even earning mobility in the social stratum of our more than P100, 000 a year. 1. Luya/Ahos/Sibuyas Bombay———-----——— 1 kl society. The vast of lands remaining Through other support program, 2. Beer Grande —————————---------------— 2 btls. 3. Mallorca/ Gin —————————---——— 5 btls. in the hands of the minorities or the the establishment of farm-to-market privileged few shall only increase the roads would ease the transport II. MGA PAMA-AGI: economic gap between the rich and burden of farmer beneficiaries and 1. Paghiwa ug luya (1 kilo) mas gagmay pagkahiwa mas maayo the poor. hasten the delivery of agricultural 2. Sagoli ug 2 ka botelya nga beer grande o bisan unsang beer The distribution of land to the products. With good roads in place, 3. Taboni ug Manila paper, higti ug goma unya bunyagi 4. Ibutang sa mangitngit ug mabugnaw nga lugar landless farmers shall not only give transportation cost has been reduced 5. paghuman sa 12 ka oras sagoli ug kamay nga 1 ka kilo them an opportunity to increase their considerably, from P1 a kilo of farm 6. Taboni ug ibutang pagbalik sa mangitngit ug mabugnaw nga lugar income but also give them a sense goods to 0.60, and fare prices has 7. Human sa usa ka semana sagoli ug mallorca o gin 8. Ibutang pagbalik sa mangitngit ug mabugnaw nga lugar of dignity. This is not merely a decreased by P20, from P50 down 9. Human sa duha ka semana bukara ug ilain ang duga sa tinupsan speculation, but an idea founded on to P30. The department has 10. Puwede na kining gamiton reality. However, implementing CARP completed various infrastructure III. ANG PAGGAMIT SA NATURAL INPUTS does not only mean distribution alone projects like irrigation facilities, the but as we transfer the land, it is the record show. Thus, increasing the Templada 1:500 (1 OHN:500 Tubig) 1 OHN: 5 Tubig instrument of empowering our production of our farmers. people, particularly the rural poor, by The Comprehensive Agrarian Magamit direkta sa tanum, liso, hayop ug tawo. launching Agrarian Reform Reform Program is about to end next 1. Tanum- isagol sa OHN ug suka dayon ibisbis sa tanum Communities (ARCs) not only in year, and yet there is still so much 2. Liso - isagol sa OHN ug suka dayon ihumol ang liso Oriental Negros but nationwide. The to be done. The problem still stands Liso nga dugay moturok – 8 ka minutos Liso nga dali moturok - 4 ka minutos support services is the second until today that DAR cannot 3. Sa tawo- Usa ka parte nga OHN sa lima ka parting tubig. critical component of Agrarian Reform. The department has adopted 9 8 TUG-ANI JANUARY- MARCH 2007 LEGAL CONCERNS LEGAL CONCERNS ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 08 Series of 2006 SUBJECT: GUIDELINES ON STANDING CROPS ON LANDS ACQUIRED BY Order. THE GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 16 (e) AND 28 OF R.A. NO. 6657 2. Taking of possession – refers to the explicit act/s of the DAR, through an ocular inspection or any other acts by which the landowner is in- formed of DAR’s taking actual and physical possession of a certain agricultural land acquired under CARP as evidenced by a Certification I. PREFATORY STATEMENT of Deposit (COD) issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) pursuant to Sec.16 (e) and 24 of R.A. No. 6657. The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recognizes that the absence of 3. Harvestable – refers to the stage or phase where the crops have clear guidelines on standing crops has remained a critical concern in complet- reached maturity or have substantial economic value either for con- ing the process of land acquisition and distribution. Among the issues con- sumption or for marketing/trading purposes at the time DAR takes pos- fronting the DAR are confusion and varying interpretations on what shall be con- session of the land. sidered standing crops and as to when a particular standing crop is consid- 4. Usufruct – refers to a real right conferred on the beneficiary/ usufructu- ered harvestable or completely harvested. Thus, the presence of standing crops ary to enjoy the property of another with the obligation of preserving its is one of the prevalent and persisting problems preventing many Agrarian Re- form and substance. form Beneficiaries (ARBs) with awarded and registered CLOA-titles to enjoy the fruits and have peaceful possession of the land awarded to them. V. POLICY STATEMENTS II. LEGAL BASES 1. The payment to the landowner as evidenced by the COD signals the completion of the take actual possession of the land and simulta- Pertinent provisions of R.A. No. 6657 on these matters are as follows: neously request the proper Register of Deeds (ROD) to issue a Trans- fer Certificate of Title in the name of the Republic of the Philippines and Section 16.Procedure of Acquisition of Private Lands.- For purposes of thereafter proceed with the distribution of the same of the qualified acquisition of private lands, the following procedures shall be followed: Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) pursuant to Section 16 of R.A No. 6657; xxxxx xxxxx 2. The landowner shall retain his/her share of any standing crops unhar- xxxxx vested at the time the DAR takes actual possession of the land and shall be given a reasonable time to harvest the same. (e) Upon receipt by the landowner of the corresponding payment or, in 3. The presence of standing crops shall not pose as a hindrance to the case of rejection or no response from the landowner, upon the deposit with exercise by the ARBs of their right of possession over the land/s an accessible bank designated by the DAR of the compensation in cash or awarded to them as evidenced by Certificates of Land Ownership Award in LBP bonds in accordance with this Act, the DAR shall take immediate (CLOAs) issued pursuant to R.A. No. 6657, regardless of whether or possession of the land and shall request the proper Register of Deeds to not an Order from the DAR directing the physical possession of the issue a Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) in the name of the Republic of the land by the ARBs has been secured. Philippines. The DAR shall thereafter proceed with the redistribution of the 4. The rights and responsibilities of the ARBs as owners shall commence land to the qualified beneficiaries. from the time the land was awarded to them as evidenced by Certifi- cates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs). As owners thereof, the rights Section 24. Award to Beneficiaries.- The rights and responsibilities of the of the ARBs with CLOA-title pertain to the exercise of all acts of domin- beneficiary shall commence from the time the DAR makes an award of the ion including taking possession of the lands covered by their titles. land to him, which award shall be completed within one hundred eighty This, shall not anyway diminish the right conferred on the identified (180) days from the time the DAR takes actual possession of the land. ARBs to the possession and enjoyment of the property under a usu- Ownership of the beneficiary shall be evidenced by a Certificate of Land fruct arrangement pending receipt of the CLOA-titles. Ownership Award, which shall contain the restrictions and conditions pro- 5. Crops that were introduced from the time of or after the former LO’s vided for this Act, and shall be recorded in the Register of Deeds concerned receipt of the notice/advice that the landholding/s has/have already been and annotated on the Certificate of Title. effectively acquired by the State (CARP-LA Form No.27) as evidenced by a COD shall be considered as plantings or sowings done in bad Section 28. Standing Crops at the time of Acquisition.- The landowner faith by the former landowner. The former LO/agents/assignee loses shall retain his share of any standing crops unharvested at the time the what is built, planted or sown without right to indemnity. The crops shall DAR shall take possession of the land under Section 16 of the Act, and automatically redound to the benefit of the CLOA-title holders whether shall be given a reasonable time to harvest the same. already installed or not. However, the CLOA-title holder may demand for the removal of what has been planted, built or sown at the expense III. COVERAGE of the planter or sower in bad faith. This Administrative Order (AO) shall apply to all private agricultural lands Crops which are not yet harvestable and introduced by the former LO covered under Compulsory Acquisition (CA) and Voluntary Offer to Sell (VOS) prior to the latter’s receipt of the above-cited notice/advice are consid- Scheme of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and those ered plantings or sowings in good faith. Since they are not considered covered under E.O. 407. standing crops the right to harvest the same shall already belong to the CLOA-title holders. The planter or sower shall be entitled to reim- IV. DEFINITION OF TERMS bursement for the cost of plantings or sowings; the payment thereof shall only be made after the CLOA-title holders had obtained the pro- 1. Standing crop – refers to harvestable agricultural produce or a portion ceeds from the initial harvest of such plantings/sowings. The CLOA- thereof (e.g. fruits, sap, root) normally harvested for such particular crop title holders may, however, choose to make earlier reimbursements. growing on land at the time the DAR takes possession thereof pursu- ant to Sec. 16 (e), 24 and 28 of R.A. No. 6657. VI. OPERATING PROCEDURES In the case of lands planted to sugarcane and such other crops with ratoon, standing crop shall refer to the original crop at the time the 1. Within five (5) days from receipt of the Certification of Deposit (COD) DAR takes possession of the land excluding future harvest from ra- issued by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), the Provincial Agrar- toons. If what exists at the time of actual possession is already the first ian Reform Officer (PARO) shall simultaneously: or second ratoon crop the landowner shall be entitled to harvest that particular ratoon crop only. 1.1 request the Register of Deeds (ROD) to issue Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) in the name of the Republic of the Philippines (RP) Provided that crops introduced by the landowner directly or through his/ for titled properties (CARP-LA Form No. 23); her/its agents, on or after the landowner’s receipt of a notice from the 1.2 instruct the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO), of the place DAR that the land has already been effectively acquired by the State, as where the property is located, to take possession of the property further provided under Par.V 5 below, regardless of the crops’ nature or for titled and untitled properties (CARP-LA Form No. 26); and stage/phase, are deemed to have been introduced in bad faith and shall not be considered as “standing crops” under this Administrative 9 JANUARY- MARCH 2007 TUG-ANI 9 ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 08 no agreement is reached, the right of the former LO to harvest the stand- from page 8 ing crops shall be respected. The right of the former LO to protect the standing crops pending harvest thereof shall be limited to normal visi- 1.3 advise the LO that the property has, for all intents and purposes, tation rights. In all cases, such visitation rights shall preclude the use been acquired by the State pursuant to law and that the DAR shall of force or intimidation by the former LO especially with the intervention accordingly take actual possession thereof and inform him/her of of armed agents/representatives. his/her rights to harvest standing crops, if any, within a reason- able time (CARP-LA Form No.7). The LO shall likewise be informed 6. In areas where there are complaints or allegations of plantings or that any further improvements, plantings and sowings on the prop- sowings in bad faith, the PARO shall, upon investigation and determi- erty thereafter are to be deemed as introduced in bad faith. nation on the merits, issue within five (5) days from receipt thereof a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) to the concerned former landowners. 2. The DARMO shall: The PARO is hereby authorized to issue a CDO pursuant to Sections 2.16, 7 and 20 of DAR AO 3, S.2003. Said Order shall, among others, 2.1 Within five (5) days from receipt of the PARO’s instruction, conduct provide that the State through the DAR has the right of possession of an ocular inspection of the property or any other acts to take pos- the land pursuant to Sec. 16(e), R.A. No. 6657) and that the former LO session of the same and determine the existence of standing crops no longer has the right to continue the cultivation of the subject land. or unharvestable crops, if any. The taking of possession shall be evidenced by, among others, pictures taken showing the identifi- The disregard of the CDO shall be deemed a willful prevention and able landmarks of the property and standing crops or obstruction of the implementation of the CARP. Accordingly, the DAR unharvestable crops, if any, which shall be integral to the ocular shall file the appropriate criminal case against the former LO before inspection report, specifying the findings, to be submitted to the the proper court in accordance with Sec. 73 (d) of R.A. No. 6657. PARO (CARP-LA Form No. 28). 2.2 In case there are existing standing crops, schedule the conduct of 7. In the event that the former LO harasses or threatens the ARBs, the detailed inventory which shall be undertaken within seven (7) days DAR and/or the ARB shall report the matter immediately to the PNP after taking possession of the property, together with the and coordinate with the same in order to maintain peace and order. landowner’s representative, identified ARBs, and Barangay Agrar- ian Reform Committee (BARC) representative or Barangay Coun- VII. SANCTIONS cil representative in the absence of the BARC using CARP-LA Form Nos. 29, 30 and 31) Non-compliance with the foregoing provisions on the part of concerned DAR officials and employee without justifiable reason shall be a ground for im- The inventory shall determine and ascertain the nature, quantity of mediate filing of proper administrative and/or criminal actions against them the standing crops, total area planted and the indicative period of pursuant to Secs. 73 and 74 of R.A. No. 6657 and other applicable laws. harvest thereon. The manner and method of inventory shall be based on the discretion of the MARO, whichever he/she deems VII. REPEALING CLAUSE appropriate in coordination with the BARC and in accordance with the established norms to determine and reckon the unharvested All Administrative Orders, Memorandum Circulars and other issuances in- crops and date of completion of harvest, respectively (CARP-LA consistent herewith are hereby amended, modified or repealed accord- Form No. 32). ingly. Failure on the part of the former LO/s or his/her representative to VIII. EFFECTIVITY participate in the inventory in spite due notice shall be deemed a waiver on his/her part to contest the findings of the MARO. This Memorandum Circular shall take effect ten (10) days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation. 2.3 Submit the inventory report to the DARPO together with the ocular inspection report within five (5) days after the conduct of inventory, . copy furnished the BARC, the former LO and the ARBs’ represen- Diliman, Quezon City, September 20, 2006. tatives. 3. The ocular inspection and inventory report shall be sufficient notice for (SGD.)NASSER C. PANGANDAMAN the former LO or his/her representatives to harvest. This provision not- OIC-Secretary withstanding, the PARO shall, within five (5) days from the receipt of the inventory report with the ocular inspection report, issue a notice to the former LO of the harvest date/ period relative to the standing crops In the Eyes... Unfinished... (CARP-LA Form No. 33). from page 3 from page 7 4. Pending the award of the CLOA, the DARMO shall inform the ARBs that they have been identified and qualified to receive the land conferring upon them the right of usufruct. Said right of usufruct shall be available of this is the Belgian Integrated distribute without the landowners within the whole or part of the acquired landholdings wherein no stand- Agrarian Reform Support Program participation and cooperation which ing crops, as defined in this AO, are present. through Mr. Peter D’Huys, Elmo is very vital if agrarian reform is to accomplish its ultimate objective. Upon the failure of the former LO to conduct harvest/cutting of the stand- Banares, our coordinators Edna Ending the program may only mean ing crops within the defined harvestable period, the same shall consti- Senador, Engr. Mely Carillo, Mr. Bart tute a waiver of the former LO in favor of the MARO to cause the imme- increase of unemployment, waste Villarubia and the Municipality of La of money because the lands diate harvesting/cutting of the said standing crops for the account of the LO. The cost of cutting/harvesting shall be charged against the pro- Libertad really spent a lot of its time, distributed may not be monitored, ceeds of the standing crops. The net proceeds shall be turned over to effort and resources to come up with and the beneficiaries may have the former LO or deposited in an accessible bank in the name of the LO, tendency to lose their lands through one great project for this poor which act shall constitute a bar for an action for damages against the MARO and/or the ARBs. barangay. land grabbing due to absence of Maybe to BIARSP, they felt it was legal support services as history The right of usufruct shall be conferred to the ARBs immediately after truly an important project and were taught us. To leave the work the completion of the harvest by the DARMO over the area where there unfinished is shameful and the next are overdue standing crops. probably pleased to help this local generation will look upon our present community. leaders with disdain for The MARO nor the ARBs shall not be held liable for the loss of the As we set back home, I gaze extinguishing the fire of hope for value or the deterioration of the standing crops by reason of the failure to reap the same within the identified reasonable period of harvest. back to that little girl. The clear eyes better life, as reflected in the eyes and the smile tell me not to lose my of our beneficiaries. 5. In case the ARBs are willing and capable to compensate for the value Equality among men is an of the standing crops in exchange of their right to harvest the same, the true heart, which must have been MARO shall exert efforts towards getting the former LO, on the one hand, simple and innocent. Each day, we elusive dream. However, one thing is and the ARBs, on the other, to conclude an agreement within the all had something to talk about: a certain, as the bell tolls; it beckons harvestable period whereby the latter are allowed to compensate the story that impressed us, an us to the womb of inexistence. landowner for the value of his/her share of the said standing crops. Nothingness awaited for each one of affectionate gesture that touched us, us, rich or poor, educated or not. The Regarding as an acceptable alternative to the former LO’s exercise of or a funny story. And more the right to the standing crops with concomitant right to harvest the question still lingers in my mind: We same, the MARO must ensure that the terms and conditions between importantly, we see people happy are all equal in our nothingness and the ARBs and the former LO are reasonable for both parties. In case when help comes. why can’t we be equal in our “havingness”?. 10 TUG-ANI JANUARY- MARCH 2007 BOFARMPUCO: A long way to development By Marcial B. Ada The Bonbonon Farmers Multi- Highway are so rough that only few was granted to help them in efficient cooperative leaders and officers. On purpose Cooperative vehicles can be seen plying to and land preparation, hauling of farm the BSS, the amount granted by the (BOFARMPUCO) is one of the five from the barangay. A vast track of products and for reproduction. BIARSP totaled up to P1, DAR assisted cooperatives, located land left untilled as owners seemed Another micro-project granted was 072,411.90, not mentioning the at Bonbonon, a component to be of lack interest, capital and the fertilizer loan for corn production, counterpart from the Local barangay of the Agrarian Reform technical know-how on improving which help them increase farm Government Unit (LGU) of Siaton. Community (ARC), South farm production and increase income by 20% and produced better Another intervention granted by Development Center (SDC) Number income. There was no available quality of corn grains. Another one BIARSP was the Rural Infrastructure Ten (10), Siaton, Oriental Negros. It potable drinking water supply as the was the swine breeding, which was (RI) project, particularly the farm to has come a long way since it was basic element for development, that, to help augment their income by market road. This was the organized sometime in 1998 and the folks have to spend P5.00 per another 20% and improve the quality rehabilitation of the seven kilometers registered with the Cooperative water container hauled by habal- of meat of the hogs. The last one rough barangay road from the Development Authority (CDA) in habal. The elementary school was the fertilizer loan for sugarcane National Highway. Before the 1999. buildings were old and dilapidated production, which helped them intervention, the road was rough that This cooperative was organized that needs rehabilitation or increase the sugar content with an only motorcycles can be seen with the joint efforts of DAR construction of new ones. average of 22.0 Lkg/TC as well as passing at a very low speed, four Municipal Office personnel and a Through the efforts of the the tonnage of cane. The total wheel vehicles were rarely seen. Community Organizer hired by the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer exposure of the BIARSP intervention Presently the road is widened and Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform (MARO) and the Development for the agri-productivity reached up rehabilitated, and all kinds of Support Programme (BIARSP), with Facilitor (DF), the cooperative was to the amount of P524, 411.00. vehicles can pass on it smoothly. the active cooperation of some formally organized and registered Aside from the PSD micro- All kinds of farm and marine Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries with CDA. With the assistance of projects, the BIARSP also extended products are easily transported to (ARBs) by conducting a house to DAR-BDCD personnel and other line Basic Social Services (BSS) to the market places and the folks seemed house invitation to attend the Pre- agencies, several trainings for barangay through the cooperative. also so busy making their daily Membership Education Seminar Social Infrastructure, Building and One of them was the provision of activities to make a lot easier. (PMES). strengthening (SIBS) were given to educational materials, health and Fortunately, the cooperative is It was really tough during the equip them with knowledge and nutrition to the Day Care pupils. accredited with the United Coconut organizing phase as recalled by the skills to enhance their capability in There was also the construction of Planters Bank (UCPB); all former chairperson, Marilyn M. their business enterprise. the two elementary classrooms, documents required were met and Calisin and Janet A. Palarpalar, The ARC SDC IO was already which were recently turned over on granted additional capital of P200, “pulling hands of the ARBs to join”. launched sometime in 1998 and August 9, 2006. The basic felt need 000.00 released on November 2005. It started with 13 ARBs with an initial barangay Bonbonon was a of all was the water and sanitation. This was loaned out to member- Capital Build Up (CBU) of P3, component barangay. It was really This was addressed by the provision borrowers who are coconut farmers 800.00. Having no place to hold their a big break for the cooperative of potable water through the Water at a minimal interest rate. Presently, meetings, the coop then utilized a because with the interventions given and Sanitation (WATSAN) project. the cooperative collected 85% classroom of Bonbonon Elementary by the BIARSP was an avenue of This was done through the tapping repayment of the loan extended to School. opportunities for the members. The of spring source at members. By December this year, if During that time, the barangay initial conditional grant Igang Creek 3 they can have 100% repayment, the seemed to be so sleepy with no extended kilometers banks will double the loan next year. apparent activities for development by the away. At first The BOFARMPUCO has its going on. The 12 kilometers road BIARSP the project own small cooperative office where going to the poblacion and 7 was for the met stiff all the daily business transactions kilometers going to the National Productivity opposition are done; manage by the from some Management and Staff. Services sectors of offered are the Productive and t h e Providential Loans, as well as the community water and sanitation collection. It that delays has total assets of P1, 307,305.51 i t s CBU of P279, 685.56 and savings completion. of P9, 379.00. It is composed of 186 Now it has members with whom majority are 26 tapstands ARBs. serving 200 Some of the previous young, households hardworking and active leaders are under level 2, more successful in their lives for they and 40 have gained better educational households attainment, and are now regular under level 3 classroom teachers, on the likes of the with whom first chairperson, Marilyn M. Calisin, majority are BOD members Necifora P. Palarpalar ARBs, thus and the first manager, Luzviminda saving the cost of Gadiana, to name a few. Others wait fare and labor for for employment while still active to hauling of water. participate in all cooperative activities. The project is This is the general look of the managed by the BOFARMPUCO for the span of 8 Systems Development cooperative years. Hopefully, the cooperative will (PSD) Micro-projects, through its Special Committee on run smoothly into the future, and be which was the 20 head WATSAN project through its the vehicle for development not only draft animals for the 20 efficiency; it is one of the fund in itself, but to the whole community ARB member-borrowers. The loan sources for honorarium of where it is operating. JANUARY- MARCH 2007 TUG-ANI 11 FOCUSARCDP2FOCUSARCDP2FOCUSARCDP2FOCUSARCDP2 ARCDP2 and its implementation in the past three years By Aileen C. Alaban In the past three years, shared to the project, “he added. in October 2003, the DAR-PPO has a ARCDP2 in Oriental Negros Of course, ARCDP2 is without any target are of 100 hectares. The area has accomplished the training conducted for the ARBs but in identified was Lot#5807 declared under following, to start from the most their detailed report they observed that the names of Dolores Quimosquimos, recent, under Rural the ARBs were more interested on the Liberato Baylon, and El Retiro/5S Agro Infrastructure (RI) component, livestock training than crops. Industrial Development Corp as co- they have the Datag Communal In an interview with the Project owners. These landholdings have a Irrigation System (CIS) with 170 Deputy Director of ARCDP2 Pacifico total area of 120.6543 hectares. has.- ground breaking held last Quindo, Jr., when asked of his personal However, early in the negotiation stage, July 5, 2006, the rehabilitation assessment of the project since the problems already began to surface. of 2 kms Inalad-Canaway Road time it started to the present, this is what One of these was the expression of turned over last November 28, he said and I quote, “As far as the disinterest in the Project by the two of Inauguration of Inalad-Canaway 2006; the repair/rehab of 1 km success or the impact of the project, on the landowners. Their indecisiveness FMR in Siaton Datag-Canaway Road-ground the three components, Rural Infra has stemmed from the Department of breaking held on November 28, just completed the 2.4 km Inalad - Environment and Natural Resources’ In February 2004, the Second 2006; the reconstruction of 2.4 km Hi- Canaway of which the objective there (DENR) certification that a portion of that Agrarian Reform Communities way to Salngan FMR ( thru CMARPRP)- is to reduce the travel time of the area falls within timberland, per LC Map Development Project (ARCDP2) was ground breaking held last November beneficiaries in bringing their farm 2698. If the area is timberland, this formally launched here in Oriental 28, 2006; rehab of 4.560 kms Villegas products to the market. At present, the means that it could not be sold, much Negros. In the policy framework it is to Brgy. Road with 43.63% physical road is being utilized by our farmers in less individually subdivided among the be implemented over a period of four accomplishment. Under Community the area. For the Agricultural Enterprise farmer beneficiaries. Because of this, years. It is to continue the momentum Development and Capacity Building Development, we send about a few of some of the farmers became reached by ARCDP1 in agrarian component i t s apprehensive that the lands could be beneficiaries development and support as of improvement taken from by the government. Another, services delivery. Though, we note that December o n when DAR-PPO conducted a perimeter Oriental Negros was not included in 2006, for production survey to determine which areas can be ARCDP1. ARCDP2 will soon wind up No. of particularly, officially covered by CMARPRP, it was that as a writer, I feel the need to write Community- the rice during this initial survey that some the different events that took place and B a s e d we had at farmer beneficiaries in that area the projects poured in to our Agrarian project o u r showed resistance, intimidated the Reform Communities (ARCs). implemented d e m o surveyors and told them to stop survey. This project was conceived with the with a farm in As a result, the area for CMARPRP goal of significantly raising the target of Canaway, coverage was reduced from 120.6543 household incomes and quality of life 18, they S i a t o n hectares to 57.5841 hectares. of project beneficiaries by improving have 22 and corn It was never that easy then just like their productive assets, rural a s i n the projects under ARCDP2 per infrastructure and access to key support c o pi h e t a c m ls m n Manjuyod, component. CMARPRP is about to end services. It covers seven ARCs, 15,899 w i t h Guihulngan as of this writing. CMARPRP will end in The Unveiling of signage of CMARPRP’s households and 35 People’s 122%; for and also April 2007. Salngan FMR Organizations (POs) with the following t h e in Siaton After several area consultations, so project components, namely, Agriculture Amount of Increase in CBU, with a target and Sta. Catalina.” that it can attain a result favorable to all and Enterprise Development (AED), of 491540, they have 555476 as “Although, the project is about to parties concerned and with the Community Development and Capacity accomplishment with 113%; for the end this year, by December, the gains assistance of Area Committee (AC), the Building (CDCB), Rural Infra (RI) and increase in membership, with a target of the project can be observed through price was settled and the transaction Support to Rural Finance (SRF). Since of 702, they have 1010 as the participation of our beneficiaries closed. The total CMARPRP area its birth, the DAR Provincial Project Office accomplishment with 144%; for the involved in ARCDP2 in our product reached 52.9802 hectares with 25 has gained significant ground in its amount increase in savings, with a assessment and during the CARP farmer beneficiaries. Today, the project implementation the record target of 17080 they have 202018.6 as Anniversary in the month of June, when CMARPRP area is planted with 1,000 show. accomplishment with 1183%. Under farm products are presented to the mangoes from Guimaras, the income Like a new born baby, it will have to Agricultural Enterprise Development consumers of the public,” ha added. from these will surely benefit the pass different stages of development (AED) component for No. of Enterprise Quindo further said that its beneficiaries including their until it grows. Just as the other Established-Individual with a target of implementation is not without any association. development projects, the 106, they have accomplished 161 with problem. Common problems Indeed, beyond all these, each implementation will either have a 151%; for No. of Enterprise encountered are more on Rural Infra foreign assisted project is not without negative effect or a positive one to the Established-PO with a target of 6, they because of the equity needed by the any gains despite all the difficulties the least number of people. One must not have accomplished 5 with 83%; for the LGU. Majority of our municipalities coordinator encountered in the disregard the fact that a project intended No. of Adoptors on Improved engaged in the project comes from third implementation stage. as a poverty alleviation or reduction will Technologies with a target of 924, they class municipalities where the have a negative impact on the intended have accomplished 1754 with 189%. sharing is 30-70. The 30% beneficiaries while, it is also virtually Meanwhile, under Support to Rural comes from World Bank and possible for a project to have positive Finance Component, with the target of the 70% from the LGU. “Putting impacts on all its possible 6 coops accredited by financing up the equity is really a stakeholders. institutions, they have accomplished problem” Quindo added. Thus, In taking off, several consultations only 2 with 33%, and with a target of 2 supporting the claim of Engr. is needed. Orientation meetings were coops accessing credit, they have Grapa. conducted at the DAR Provincial Project accomplished 2 with 100%. Meanwhile, the Office. They made courtesy calls to the In an interview with the PPO Rural Community Manage Agrarian affected municipalities’ mayors and Infra Engineer (now OIC MARO of Reform and Poverty Reduction barangay captains. Census of Guihulngan), Engr. Julius Grapa, he Program (CMARPRP) which is The ongoing rehab of Datag Communal households was also conducted. To said “that they had a hard time taking a pilot project of DAR- Irrigation System note also that field verification was also off because first, the LGU had a hard ARCDP2-WB, is a strategy for conducted with the technical design time putting up their equity considering the effective transfer of lands to engineers. This process of consultation that their IRAs are considerably minimal qualified beneficiaries based ensures community acceptance and to put in to the project; second, the on voluntary farmer-landowner support to avoid what I mentioned in the voluminous document requirements; negotiations-the farmer as preceding paragraph, “negative effect”. third, while land proceeds are intact, buyer and the landowner as The Policy Framework and there is the delay of disbursement of seller. CMARPRP has entered Guidelines of ARCDP2 are really DAR’s budget and the later dates, the Oriental Negros when it chose extensive and complicated for one who peso value has rise over dollar. Barangay Napacao, Siaton as doesn’t know about the project and However, good thing about it, all seven a CMARPRP site. whose heart is not into it. municipalities covered by ARCDP2 At the start of the Project The completed Inalad-Canaway FMR 12 TUG-ANI JANUARY- MARCH 2007 NEWSBITSNEWSBITSNEWSBITSNEWSBITSNEWSBITSNEWSBITS DAR launches radio program DAR Oriental Negros hits target The Department of Agrarian Emancipation Patent/ Certificate of The Department of Agrarian The launching was attended by Reform Office here in Oriental Negros Land Ownership Award (EP/CLOAs) to Reform- Oriental Negros through the the Director of the Public Affairs Staff has reached 100% of its 2006 target 4, 849 Farmer Beneficiaries over 4, leadership of Provincial Agrarian Hugo Yonzon III, Provincial Agrarian in Land Tenure Improvement. 821.7021 hectares. Reform Officer II Grace B. Fua launched Reform Officer II Grace B. Fua, OIC Through the concerted efforts of The distribution covers the its own radio program last March 2. The PARO I Pacifico Quindo, Jr. and some the technical staff, the Municipal municipalities of: Amlan, Ayungon, program, titled “Kalihukang Agraryo Sa visitors from DAR VII Regional Office. Agrarian Reform Officers, the Senior Bacong, Basay, Bindoy, Dauin, Oriental Negros,” is aired from 5:30- The radio program will be Agrarian Reform Program Guihulngan, Jimalalud, La libertad, 6:00 a.m. every Friday over DYWC AM regularly anchored by the Provincial Technologists (SARPT), the Agrarian Mabinay, Manjuyod, Pamplona, Siaton, radio station in Sibulan, Oriental Information Officer Aileen C. Alaban Reform Program Technologists Sta. Catalina Proper and Sta. Catalina Negros. This Radio Program is also and co-anchored by the OIC PARO I (ARPT) of the different municipal resettlement area, Tayasan, Valencia, funded by BIARSP. Pacifico Quindo, Jr. offices, the CARPO for Operations Vallehermoso and Zamboanguita. The DAR NegOr in line with the We therefore invite the listening Tessie Corpuz, PARO I Pacifico Cities of: Bais, Bayawan, Canlaon, intensive social marketing campaign, public to be with us every Friday 5:30- Quindo, Jr. and PARO II Grace Fua DAR Dumaguete and Tanjay. opt to hold a regular programming on 6:00 in the morning. NegOr hits 4, 821.7021 hectares radio as part of our goal to reach out against 4, 244 hectare target for C.Y This year, DAR Oriental Negros as many members of the community 2006. It has distributed 852 has targeted 5,000 hectares for LTI. since some of the major set backs in our program implementation, are caused by lack of proper information to the public particularly the Agrarian Barangay health station opens Reform Beneficiaries. With the radio program, DAR A barangay health station opens that all the structures constructed in Oriental Negros can expand and Information Officer Aileen Alaban while January 25, 2007 in Aya, La Libertad, Aya should be taken cared by the strengthen participation and support of on Air DYWC Oriental Negros. constituents since the government CARP Implementing Team (CIT), Its construction is a joint project worked hard for it. She added the LGUs, PNP/Military, AR NGOs, Church, of the Belgian and Philippine importance of the Health Station and Media and Civil Society organizations Government under the Department of instilled upon the minds of the in CARP implementation; we can also Agrarian Reform & Belgian Integrated residents there that health should not showcase our best practices of the Agrarian Reform Support Programme be taken forgranted. LGU-DAR partnership in addressing (DAR-BIARSP). The construction has health concerns and delivery of support a project cost of P480, 000. The LGU services, infrastructure and agricultural has put up equity of Php 144,000.00 development; best cases of women- Aileen Alaban and Hugo Yonzon, III Public Affairs Staff Director while on Air DYWC while grant from BIARSP is Php336, backed entrepreneurship projects, 000.00. This was inaugurated in inform new ARBs in private agricultural coordination with the Municipal Health lands on the rights and responsibilities Office and the Local Government of La as new owner-cultivator and coop Libertad. members; update farmers on and La Libertad Mayor Jocelyn S. increase their adoption on current Limkaichong who attended the trends on entrepreneurial and inauguration and opening thanked Mayor Jocelyn Limkaichong with productivity initiatives; and educate and PARO Grace B. Fua having breakfast with the BIARSP for the assistance. She said District Health Officers expand awareness on women and Information Officers during the Launching of gender issues. “Kalihukang Agraryo sa Oriental Negros” DAR-ARISP II turnover 18 units DAR holds planning Deep Tube Wells assessment workshop The Department of Agrarian Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer of The Department of Agrarian improvement of systems; key in Reform-Oriental Negros through Bayawan Sherwin Tubog; Municipal Reform in Oriental Negros held the program beneficiaries development; Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Agrarian Reform Officer of Kabulakan Provincial Agrarian Reform ARC connectivity and pay attention to Project II (ARISP II) turned over 18 units Sta. Catalina Ramonina Ruelo;DF Assessment and Planning Workshop consultancy relations strengthening; Deep Tube Wells to the City of Myrna Toledo; Barangay Officials of for CARP beyond 2008, last March 12, and energizing and managing the Bayawan, last March 27. Barangay Narra; ARISP II Project at Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn, bureaucracy. This project is under the Rural Manager Engr. Gerry Gumalo and Dumaguete City. Environment Undersecretary The workshop called “Agrarian Gerry Bulatao who is now a consultant Water Supply (RWS) Development of some DAR Provincial Staff. Reform for Broad-Based Rural Growth: of Alliance for Rural Concerns, a ARISP II. This has a total project cost Vice Mayor Rene Gaudiel thanked Sustaining and Enhancing CARP COMELEC-accredited party-list of P1, 667, 388.00. ARISP II share P1, DAR and ARISP II for extending Gains Beyond 2008,” was in line with organization, and a campaign and 167,115.00 while LGU Bayawan gave assistance to the City of Bayawan and Special Order No.154, Agriculture advocacy network that focuses on equity of P500, 273.00. The number of reminded the residents to take care of Secretary Nasser Pangandaman agrarian reform and rural development units turned over is the revised one the Deep Wells. dated February 28, 2007, to prepare attended the activity and one of the from the original of 25 DAR personnel and other resource speaker. DTWs. The DTWs are stakeholders for advocacy regarding located in Barangay Narra CARP beyond 2008, and develop or Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer and to benefit 624 update the Provincial Agrarian Reform II Grace B. Fua; Assistant Regional Households. Development Plan. Director for Operations Eliasem The activity was The discussion was focused on Castillo; CARPO for Operations the framework paper whose contents Regional Office Isagani Yee; CARPO attended by OIC PARO I are: approval by DAR Executive for BDCD Dr. Antonio Del Socorro; OIC Pacifico Quindo Jr. Committee on November 16, 2006; PARO I Pacifico Quindo, Jr.; Chief Legal representing Provincial Builds on “Public Report” to lay down Atty. Louie Naranjo and a lawyer Agrarian Reform Officer II a medium term framework for policy representing the City of Bayawan; Grace B. Fua; Bayawan and action; emphasizes “LTI different non-government Vice Mayor Rene Gaudiel acceleration” and CARP recalibration”; organizations who are partners of representing Mayor key in LTI: priority to landholdings being DAR; one from religious sector; German Sarana; Engr. OIC PARO I Pacifico Quindo, Jr. with City Engineer of followed up by civil society different people’s organizations; and Michael Mananquil City Bayawan Michael Manaquil and Vice Mayor Rene Gaudiel organizations; key in agrarian justice: other provincial staff. Engineer of Bayawan; during the Turnover
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