Cagayan de Oro — A high delegation of experts from the Republic of Indonesia came to Northern Mindanao recently with officials from the Department of Agrarian Reform Central Office (DARCO) to learn from the agrarian reform experience in the Philippines.
The Indonesian high delegation was composed of 14 delegates from the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning – National Land Use Agency led by Dadan, SH., M. Si, the Head of Sub-Directorate Monitoring and Evaluation, Directorate of Land Consolidation, and 6 delegates from an Indonesian non-government organization Konsortium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA) led by Vice Secretary-General Dewi Kartika. Officials from DARCO led by Bureau of Land Tenure Improvement Director Engr. Leandro Caymo accompanied the Indonesian visitors.
During their stay, DAR-Region 10 hosted several activities for the guests that started with the briefing on the status of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in Northern Mindanao. Asst. Regional Director Teresita Depeňoso discussed the accomplishment on the three major final outputs – land tenure services, program beneficiaries development, and agrarian legal services.
In the same briefing, Wisnu Bima Samudra, Land Use Management Analyst, presented the Indonesian land use policies and regulations as well as the functions of the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning. The audience included the senior officials of DAR-10 from the regional and provincial offices.
DAR officials then joined the Indonesian guests to Lapad, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental in the afternoon. The visitors had the chance to meet and interact with the officers and members of Lapad Agrarian Reform Farmers’ Cooperative (LARFACO) and had a taste of their locally-produced corn coffee. LARFACO officials also showed sample finished products out of their bamboo node production to the delight of the Indonesian guests.
In the evening of the same day, the visitors were treated with songs and traditional dances during the fellowship and cultural night with a special appearance of the Mayor of Cagayan de Oro Oscar Moreno. Moreno officially welcomed the Indonesian guests to Cagayan de Oro, dubbed as the City of Golden Friendship.
On the third day of the visit, the delegation together with selected DAR officials went to Bukidnon to meet the officers and members of PANAW Sumilao Multipurpose Cooperative in Sumilao, where the famous “Walk for Land, Walk for Justice” march to Manila originated. In the afternoon, the delegation then proceeded to visit the Del Monte Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Cooperative in Manolo Fortich.
During the visit to Bukidnon, the delegates were updated on the situation of the above-mentioned cooperatives before the CARP implementation as well as on their present status. (Ressan Nash N. Alonto/ Editha R. Salvador)
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