Iloilo City - Agrarian Secretary John R. Castriciones yesterday thanked and congratulated the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officials and employees for accomplishing its targets for 2018.
Castriciones particularly highlighted DAR’s achievement of distributing a total of 60,000 hectares of land through Emancipation Patents (EP) and Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA).
“We will be able to achieve more, we will be able to distribute more,” Castriciones said during the start of the agency’s 2018 yearend summative assessment and 2019 planning conference held here.
The said activity is conducted to analyze the previous year’s sectorial performance on Land Tenure Security Program (LTSP), Agrarian Justice Delivery Program (AJDP) and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development and Sustainability Program (ARBDSP) vis-à-vis its approved targets and fund utilization.
The Secretary also challenged the DAR officials and employees to assess the status of the lands that have been awarded by the DAR to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB). As of date, the DAR has already distributed a total of 4.8 million hectares of agricultural lands to more than 2.8 million ARBs.
“The DAR has enough resources to conduct a national survey to measure the status of the lands distributed to our agrarian reform beneficiaries and agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations,” Castriciones said.
“Focus on agrarian justice delivery, pursue zero backlog on resolution of cases and streamline processes to hasten the pace of resolution of agrarian cases,” he added.
The assessment and planning conference will be conducted from January 22-25, 2019 at the Westown Hotel in Iloilo City.
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