SBAC Conducts Eligibility Check and Shortlisting
The Department of Agrarian Reform is currently in need of service provider for the conduct of survey and subdivision surveys on lands covering its target for distribution this year located in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
(From Left to Right) Technical Consultant May Sandayan, Head Secretariat Jarratul S. Radjid, Chairman Atty. Renato D. Magno, Head TWG Noemi P. Barretto and Member Hji. Sukarno M. Andal. Far right not captured by the camera is member Engr. Henry A. Chio, Al-Haj regional head, end user unit)
Opening the eligibility documents is Head SBAC TWG Ms. Noemi P. Barretto assisted by member Hji. Sukarno M. Andal
BAC Consulting and Titling Services and A.C. Divina Surveying Office are DAR-ARMM shortlisted service providers who are authorized to participate in the bidding process on July 13, 2015. Deadline for the submission of bid proposal is on July 13, 2015 on or before 9 o’clock in the morning at the Office of the BAC chairman through the BAC Secretariat at DAR-ARMM Regional Office, ORG Compound, Cotabato City. Opening of the technical proposal is on July 13, 2015 starting 9 o’clock in the morning.
Head, SBAC Secretariat
DAR-ARMM Celebrates 27th CARP Anniversary
(By: Ma. Corazon A. Dans, Head-DAR Regional Communication Group and
Mary Lovella L. Lastimosa, Information Officer-DARPO Maguindanao)
(Cotabato City) The Department of Agrarian Reform of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao marked 27 years of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORG Compound, June 15, this city.
Mandated as Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), it governs the implementation of CARP, which aims to promote social justice and industrialization, providing mechanism for its implementation, and for other purposes.
DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan heads the festivities which highlighted the turnover of several farming facilities to agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program. The farm facilities were six (6) units of four wheel drive tractors with mounted disc plow and trailer, three (3) units of corn sheller huskers, three (3) units of hand tractors with matching implements and trailer, and one (1) unit of power tiller cultivator. ARCCESS is the department’s strategic intervention to retain the awarded lands of the ARBs through increased production and engagement in agri-based and related enterprises.
“As DAR is the lead implementer of CARP, the success of the program lies in the collective efforts from our partners who pooled in their resources to make CARP work or even succeed.
The ARMM is an agricultural region. Our farmers are the biggest contributors to our economy. We need to support their requirements through agricultural development and technology transfer and the provision of pre- and post-harvest facilities as well common-service facilities,” Sangcopan said.
“However, the DAR cannot answer all the needs of our farmers. We need partners in development to raise their living conditions. These partners are the civil society organizations (CSOs), government and non-government organizations, and the local government units to make our farmers more productive in terms of technology transfer, livelihood and skills training, and provision of income-generating programs, to name a few. We aim to move together towards making life better for our ARBs.”
In the last 27 years, the ARMM has distributed under its land tenure system program a total of 263,563 hectares to 68,087 agrarian reform beneficiaries, contributing to roughly 6% of the nationwide accomplishment of 4.45 million hectares of land distributed. The region has 112,290 more hectares to dispose that will benefit at least 37,430 more beneficiaries of the Program.
For its agrarian justice delivery, there are three types of cases under this program namely: judicial or court cases, quasi-judicial, and cases related to agrarian law implementation or the so-called ALI cases. The first two types involve representation of farmers by DAR lawyers before the regular courts and DAR Adjudication Board, respectively. The third type involves the administrative rendering of decision on exemption, conversion and retention. ARMM saw through a total of 8,832 cases resolved since the advent of CARP.
Its program beneficiaries’ development program, established 99 agrarian reform communities all over the region with two (2) more for launching in the province of Maguindanao. The region also housed 132 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations, that formed into cooperatives or associations in the agrarian reform communities and non-ARCs, where 98 of them were assessed of their level of development. A total of 19,392 ARBs were capacitated through training in the area of human development, financial management, and agricultural technology.
Projects from foreign assistance from European and Asian countries was sourced out where 2.7 billion pesos of funding was injected into selected communities around the region. The assistance came in the form of training, social and phyical infrastructures, and agricultural development.
Meanwhile, Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman stressed that the government has already banked on the distribution of thousands of hectares of agricultural lands aimed at improving the quality of ARBs’ lives through capacity building so they could take better part at complementing the country’s rising economy.
Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud-Alamia also said, “To our rightful ARBs, I encourage you all to continue the things that you have already started for your own good, for your family and for the community where you are living.”
Another highlight of the celebration was the soft launching of DAR-ARMM’s official website and YouTube channel, wherein the stakeholders and other people could get information pertaining to DAR and CARP implementation. The Department is the only office in the autonomous region that has a pronounced communication structure from the regional level down to its provincial offices.
In attendance to this annual event are stakeholders from partner line agencies, the academe, CSOs, its five (5) provincial offices, and ARBs and ARBOs representing the entire region.
CARP is the redistribution of private and agricultural lands to farmers and farmworkers who are landless, irrespective of tenurial arrangement. It envisions an equitable land ownership with empowered agrarian reform beneficiaries who can effectively manage their economic and social development to have a better quality of life.
Gender and Development Strengthening in the DAR-ARMM
(By: Ma. Corazon A. Dans, Head-Regional Communication Group)
(Cotabato City) Employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform in the ARMM underwent an institutionalization of the gender and development point focal system of the Department earlier this month, this city. The activity was an off-shoot of the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro women and the Department of Agrarian Reform-ARMM last March 30, 2015 during the culmination program of women’s month held in the ARMM Compound.
With the end view of cascading the mandates as reflected in the Magna Carta for Women and in the recent ARMM GAD Code, both agencies deemed it fit to institutionalize the GAD Focal Point System or GFPS. The DAR-ARMM had already issued an official order creating and designating personnel as members of the agency’s GAD focal system.
The activity will enhance and capacitate the participants in gender concepts, GAD mainstreaming, GAD in the context of Islam and other related concerns that will
surely promote the welfare of our Bangsamoro women in the region. This will also help the Commission in our future undertaking in crafting the Bangsamoro Women Development Plan.
This was the first big engagement of RCBW
and DAR-ARMM regarding GAD and it will be participated by all members of the GFPS from the regional, provincial, and municipal office of the DAR within the autonomous region The three (3) day training workshop will encompass all the necessary knowledge to initially guide the DAR-ARMM in formulating their GAD plans and budget for 2015 in accordance with the Joint Memorandum Circular and the five-percent (5%) allocation of funds for their GAD under the new revised COA rules.
At the end of the three-day activity, it was expected that DAR-ARMM would have knowledge on the basic GAD concepts and the function of the GFPS, which will in turn implement GAD mainstreaming at all levels of the agrarian sector in the region. This activity is also in line with RCBW’s gender audit program to support the present administration’s three pillars of good governance, specifically on social and security cluster.
DAR Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan, herself a supporter of women’s cause, looked forward to a completely functional and active gender and development program implementation in the entire region.
Named GAD focal person for the DAR regional office was Amal Hayat Macabato with Nurmina Jamalul, Anisa Kadir, Bai Sarena Baraguir, Zhubaida Kasim, and Racquel Flores for its provincial offices of Sulu, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-tawi, and Basilan, respectively. (End)
MAGUINDANAO CONDUCTS ARB CONFERENCE
By: Mary Lovella L. Lastimosa, Information Officer- Maguindanao
COTABATO CITY, Philippines- As a continued commitment to serve the region’s farmer beneficiaries, the Department of Agrarian Reform of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM) spearheaded the very first Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) Conference in Maguindanao held at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORG Compound, May 27, this city.
Hadja Bai Cabayan D. Bacar, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer for Maguindanao, said the conference paved the way for the beneficiaries to have an opportunity for their voices to be heard by concerned authorities as issues were raised affecting their being farmers. The event was also aimed to empower the ARBs from various communities of the province to honor and value their importance.
The conference highlighted the distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) and Emancipation Patents (EPs) to one hundred (100) rightful ARBs from the municipalities of Sultan Mastura, North Upi, Kabuntalan, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Talitay and Datu Saudi Ampatuan, all in Maguindanao.
The event also showcased a presentation of the chosen model ARC from Bunawan ARC in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao. Meantime, chosen model ARB, Hadji Moktar Kiram, of Macarimbang ARC in Parang, Maguindanao took a grateful chance to speak before the crowd and shared high hopes and success gained by their ARC.
In addition, some two hundred fifty (250) representatives from the twenty-five (25) Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) participated as a result of the successful conduct of pulong-pulongs (focused-group dialogues) in selected agrarian reform communities (ARCs). Outputs from the pulong-pulongs were also shown during the event.
Among the guests were officials from various departments and the autonomous regional government led by Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, together with Regional Vice-Governor, Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, Maguindanao Provincial Governor, Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, municipal mayors and other ARMM officials.
Meanwhile, Agrarian Reform Secretary Amihilda Sangcopan said they are currently working on subdividing landholdings in various provinces of the autonomous region in response to concerns of these farmer-beneficiaries.
Accordingly, the collective certificate of land ownership is one of the most pressing issues raised by farmer-beneficiaries during agrarian reform beneficiaries’ conferences in other provinces. Other concerns raised were the need for additional infrastructure support.
Sangcopan said ‘collective land ownership’ is a case wherein only a single land certificate is provided to several farmer-beneficiaries. In this case, she added, the Department has already contacted agrarian reform provincial offices to work on the subdivision of collective landholdings.
In addition, the Secretary has instructed its provincial offices to prioritize landholdings with collective certificates of land ownership so they could redistribute the individual certificates of land ownership to these farmer-beneficiaries promptly.
Further, Sangcopan also bared that the Department has created a special bids and awards committee to address the bidding and procurement requirements of its provincial offices since subdividing certificates of collective land ownership requires a long process.
“The conduct of this conference is expected boost the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ access to appropriate support services that they need and also to strengthen the partnership of the agency and the beneficiaries in implementing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP),” said Sangcopan.
For the record, DAR-Maguindanao was the last provincial office hold said conference after the previous staging of related activity by other provincial agrarian reform offices in the ARMM.
DAR is the lead agency in the implementation of CARP, which is aimed at improving land tenure, installing agrarian justice, and ensuring efficient delivery of essential support services to program beneficiaries. (LLL)