The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) spearheaded a dialogue on the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) in Cagayan de Oro City on 07 October 2016, participated in by more than 240 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) farmer leaders from regions 9 and 10.
The activity aimed to inform stakeholders of the thrusts, policy directions and priority programs of DAR under the new leadership of Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano.
DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Marcos Risonar graced the event and likewise reiterated the strong support of the President to agrarian reform.
He said the level of trust and confidence from the President is high. In fact he has already convened the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council, last month.
DAR Legal Consultant lawyer Jobert Pahilga also discussed to the farmers the concept of GARB, the targeted changes and why these are needed.
He said GAR is a program that aims to end land monopoly while providing an integrated and holistic program of support services for the farmers, rural workers, and indigenous people for free.
“Ito ay mula sa mga magsasaka at para sa magsasaka. Produkto na matagal nang pinaglalaban at galing sa karanasan ng mga magsasaka, (From the Farmers and for the Farmers. A product of a long time cry and is based on farmers experiences),” he said.
Pahilga added that the agrarian reform office is also currently doing an inventory on the 4.7 million hectares of land distributed to some 2.9 million CARP beneficiaries, rounding up its status to be able to institute appropriate policy and program interventions.
Meanwhile, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) officers were at the forefront in organizing the event. KMP President Ireneo Udarbe reminded the participants on the importance of the dialogue and on the role that they have to play in ensuring the success of GAR. (JCV/PIA 10)