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Fields Magazine DAR Region V

  1. 1. 'DARamayan Bikolnon' MagazineMagazine ©Andrey Pavlov/123RF.COM
  2. 2. Contents Ants carrying a log -- symbolic of hard work, strict discipline, team work, and conformity. It also represents cooperation and overwhelming obedience to a group. The picture perfectly depicts the DARamayan Bikolnon theme of the magazine. We derive inspiration from ants, which may be small and seem insignificant, but they teach us the spirit of solidarity, collaboration, and loyalty. In unity there is strength, this old adage has never been more real in DAR Bicol. The subsequent pages chronicle the determined efforts and sacrifices of DAR Bicol in the pursuit of its Mission. The strength of one, the strength of all Toughie Lady CADRAYS Computer aided drafting Geodetic Engineer Richard A. Rayos of DAR Cam Sur A Survey Section pioneered and authored the software Computer-Aided Drafting or CADRays “Unifying the DAR bureaucracy regardless of geographical divisions and administrative setup.” 5 40 On The Cover Numbers Programang Agraryo Iskolar (PAI) grantees Total ARCs in DAR V Total ARBs benefited Subprojects completed under FAPs High LAD provinces in Bicol hectares of land acquired and distributed (LAD) 155 313,250 269 04 448 182,728 16 Foreword Time may indeed be short and the tasks are still herculean, but the Department of Agrarian Reform is not daunted. To fully realize our dream of a more equal Philippines, DAR must traverse more valleys and surmount more mountains. With all its resources and manpower, the Department will triumph with a resurgent purpose. This purpose is inspired by what our strategy is at core, which is to push for greater unity and cooperation within and among the members of the Department and its many provincial and district offices: a truly ONE DAR. We realize that to be able to win the battle decisively, DAR and its committed public servants must work as one. It is with tempered pride that here in Bicol, we have the fire of DARamayan, through thick and thin, that moves our hearts and minds to serve and work for the Filipino people; and with this, we are on our way to distributing the gifts accorded by our laws to the still-landless farmers. Thus, in this special edition of FIELDS Magazine, see the chronicles of our journey as we “break down walls” and build truly straight paths to reach the Filipinos who are most in need of our service; discover that our journey is a journey of evolving commitment, and competence to ensure that the coverage of land reform be extended to the entire Bicolandia. Yet, the road we take is still haunted by negative forces, but we do not falter; for we at DAR are not alone. As a family of our own, through the building of a unified mindset, we at DAR aim to create empowering relationships with other agencies and the greater Bicolano community. Despite the challenges, we continue to keep track of our mandated mission under the mantle of agrarian reform. The Program as it shows in this anniversary issue has practically traversed a meaningful journey. Whatever the circumstance, we have more stories of triumphs and jubilation, of progress and commitment. This makes a fitting reminder as we are now in our SILVER YEAR of implementing CARP this June 2013. I then invite every Bicolano to get to know more about what we do; such is a vital first step to realize genuine land reform because, after all, it is a fight we all share. To a ONE DAR! To a truly united Philippines! ATTY. MARIA CELESTINA M. MANLAGñIT-TAM, CESO III Regional Director Women can juggle a career, run a home, raise the kids, even take care of a dog and a husband --- and arrive at the weekend with their mind, body, and soul intact. The Strength of One, the Strength of All05 Support Services Ease Life for Bicolano ARBs20 DYNAMISM: The Staying Power in Agrarian Justice Delivery34 Land to the Landless Bicolanos08 Bridging Development Through Partnerships24 DARAB V Opts to Soar Higher36 The LAD Funnel Monitoring System14 The Table is Ready10 DAR: Reinforcing Alliances26 Novelties on Agrarian Justice Delivery38 Farmers Paralegal Extend Helping Hands12 It's Coconut for Life in ARCs28 A Beautiful Legacy39 Making Things Happen15 CADRays Computer Aided Drafting16 The Power of SPOTS30 Toughie Lady40 Tales in Checkered Hues18 Cartoon Spread: DAR's Vision32 The Rolling Piso Gets Far42 From Bus Station to the Oil of His Dreams44 Believing in the Power of Human Resource46 In GAD We Thrust48 ©Andrey Pavlov/123RF.COM Fields Magazine 3
  3. 3. Editor's Note This is a special edition. FIELDS Magazine is envisaged in the light of the ‘One DAR Policy’ in Bicol -- an attack-as-one working strategy, which regional director Maria Celestina M. Manlagñit-Tam favors to call DARamayan Bikolnon. DARamayan Bikolnon is a dictum or slogan purposely being used to evoke a sense of duty, solidarity, and unity among the DAR Bicol people. It also persuades everyone to stay loyal to each other through thick and thin. It stands for: DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform), whose role as prime driving force for social reform can never be understated; daramayan - a Bikol term which means helping each other out, particularly in times of need; and Bikolnon refers to the region and its people; the area, and field. Thus, the name FIELDS Magazine. Under the "One DAR Policy" which aims to provide reinforcement to the present workforce in the high Land Acquisition & Distribution (LAD) provinces of Bicol, DARamayan is being called for between and among the DAR people in Bicol to instigate teamwork and cooperation, to achieve greater returns of accomplishment. The name FIELDS comes from the idea of the work of DAR that has infinite possibilities and borderless dimensions in terms of giving hope and delivering social justice to the landless. The yields and gains in the department's fields have been enriching, if not inspiring, propelling everyone to reach for more and conquer greater heights. A field is also a place where a battle is fought. In a way, bringing real social justice to our fellowmen is a continuous battle in these fields that is the Bicol Region. We in DAR Bicol have been fielded to fight the good fight. We were given the weapons to win, we have the maneuvers to win, and we will win! Hence, with this magazine, which is a collection of experiences, innovations, best practices, milestones and achievements, we hope to depict and publish the pains and gains, tears and cheers of CARPER implementation in Bicol. Stories are penned by DAR V regional and provincial information officers, with special contributions from other sectors. Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno. One for all, all for one! In unity there is strength! EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Maria Trinise Vasquez-General MANAGING EDITOR Reuben R. Loria SENIOR STAFF WRITERS CONTRIBUTORS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Atty. Maria Celestina M. Manlagñit-Tam, CESO III Regional Director EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS Policy Policy Policy Policy Policy Policy DAR DAR DAR DAR DAR DAR DAR DAR DAR DAR One One One OneOne One One One One A grarian reform often takes the road less travelled. In the backdrop of Philippine democratic society, this highly contentious, social justice program seems to be in for its most challenging time today since it was enacted as centerpiece program of the late Pres. Corazon Aquino in 1988. The saga of CARP (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program) would rather tread in between the trajectories of shades and hues, of dusk and dawn. The program despite all revealing moments in history, slowly glided with the winds of change, and weathered whatever is there in store of the present moment without losing its substance: land to the tiller, and farmer empowerment. Designed from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) or Republic Act 6657 in 1988, it went through different faces under the term of President Corazon C. Aquino, President Fidel V. Ramos, President Joseph Estrada, and President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo. In the term of former Pres. Arroyo RA 9700 or CARP Extension with Reforms Law (CARPER) in August 2009 saw the light of day. Now in its CARPER stage under President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, agrarian reform implementation sets the final stage that the President wanted to achieve under his term. That means gigantic pacing. That means more efforts to be poured in. And, that means enormous political will to wrap-up land distribution in a decades-old, entrenched social justice program that has been a subject of close scrutiny all these years. Would there be more positive turn-out of distributing loads and loads of hectares in the country covered under CARP within the time frame of President Aquino’s term? One DAR Concept With Secretary Gil de los Reyes at the helm, the current DAR dispensation looks at the macro-work perspective, rather than spreading initiatives into bits and pieces across the regions. Through the ONE-DAR Concept, it tries to unify the DAR bureaucracy regardless of geographical divisions and administrative set- up. The purpose is to achieve greater returns of accomplishment in so little time, before the five-year term extension under CARPER for land distribution ends in 2014. Whether there will be another lease on life for it to go beyond that, is of no question at the moment while the The strength of one, the strength of all Bicol rides through the CARPER journey by Eduardo S. Villar George P. Olayres Jose D. Co Eduardo S. Villar Nilla P. Lagatuz Gerardo C. Buensalida Edwin C. Yanzon Alura A. Jaso Santiago J. Mirandilla Susie M. Molina Cynthia A. Ramos Lilia I. Villegas Jocylene N. Naz Atty. Miguel S. Gracilla ARD for Operations Engr. Romulo A. Britanico CSEE PARO - Albay Rodrigo O. Realubit, CESO VI PARO - Camarines Sur A Alexander T. Teves PARO - Catanduanes Atty. Leo Miguel A. Ramos ARD for Administration Leonito M. Gaveria PARO - Camarines Norte Ramon B. Fuentebella PARO - Camarines Sur B Samuel R. Ongcal PARO - Masbate Gina D. Bolaños PARO - Sorsogon 4 Fields Magazine
  4. 4. Department focuses at full length on how to hit the target on time, and in accord with the President’s policy statement in the SONA -- that is to complete land distribution under his term and, correspondingly, with the lapse of the extension period provided in the CARPER or RA 9700. Under the One DAR Concept, the concern of one becomes the concern of all, shared in the process until it is finally resolved and accomplished. It encompasses restrictions of place and space. It encourages teamwork and cohesion while instilling shared expertise and “backroom” operations. At a time of Congress’ closely monitoring work accountabilities of set target under CARPER within its five-year extension period, this means doubling creative ways to explore and create new paths to get into the target of land acquisition. Start it right Bicol wanted to shoot the message right and clear. In echoing the Secretary’s call, RD Maria Celestina M. Manlagñit-Tam at the helm, has taken the quick lane. There are no ifs and buts. That means being more steadfast to the calling. “We have to tear down walls, ceilings, and floors,”said RD Waying Tam whose optimism for Bicol has always been clear to all, especially that the region remains as one of the high-LAD areas in the country. We’ve got no quick fix except to respond with great urgency to make ready for the “big waves”of change. Bicolanos of course, would be as resilient as ever. Thankstotheircommunewithnature’sadversities,notwithstanding the nagging and intermittent contours of economic depravity in many of its areas; still Bicolanos win every shade of challenge with the lightest of smiles and hope. It’s where we could anchor the One-DAR concept. With that spirit, we know we can readily handle a new chapter of agrarian reform in Bicol. That maybe more novel albeit radically challenging in its fateful sailing to completion. Yes, Bicolanos can, as the good natured RD would tell her colleagues. We are at the beck and call of a new CARPER horizon. Taking it as a way of life, is getting into the core of ONENESS that’s never before seen at prior times of agrarian reform. This inspiration gets all of us in Bicol to be ready to embark on the call to go the distance in response to the ONE DAR concept as a strategy. The Secretary himself made clear of the same calling last year in the light of his vow to distribute the Hacienda Luisita within the mandated period. We heeded right and fast. In our firm Advocacy, it is aimed to prepare the workforce at the start of the year to new set of rules and activities under the said strategy, and for them to assimilate the concept in their work systems. The ONE DAR CONCEPT urged everyone at the start of 2013 to tag along that work principle and prospects for the Department as our impetus to move on with zeal, commitment, and propriety to realize the various goals and targets in our major program components: the LTI, PBD, and DAJ. That alone will serve as a beacon for our individual passion to move on and work with great leaps and bounds this 2013 and beyond. As we sail on in this journey, we are deeply summoned with the best of all our efforts to make ready for change and be the best in whatever we could. We fervently hope for everyone’s warm embrace of the present and of the future with deep faith, love, and fervor while building continuously on whatever is there left of unity, understanding, and teamwork as it is now being advocated this year, the ONE DAR Concept, “one family dedicated to fulfilling the mandate given us by the Filipino people.” Straight from the heart At the outset, when the Advocacy for ONE DAR Concept started among the field implementers in Bicol, the message was simple and pierced through everyone’s desire to make a difference. In-depth executive conferences ensued later. The talks were straight from the heart. These were the basics of stepping up change that indeed tore down the walls of resistance, fears, and doubts. Just plain and simple business and work. Banking on the ONE DAR Concept, follow through consultations, and “readying” of technical men in Bicol were pursued vigorously, giving them both the psychological and logistical support. Regional Special Orders (No.06, 11, and 28) clinched the boundary lines, so to speak. Adjusted coverage of operations involving both LAD (land acquisition and distribution) and Other LTI (land tenure improvement) Activities were issued encompassing all Bicol provinces, with their respective technical workers. “Touch- down” The scheme on radiation and re-assignment gained an eventual “touch-down.” There were re-assigned technical personnel including newly designated OIC MAROs in Bicol provinces that will serve the portion of LAD activity, and cutting across their own territorial jurisdictions. That will ensure work complementation of both resources and skills, while not necessarily burdening the bureaucracy at the same time. Certainly, we’ve got Catanduanes serving Other LTI of Camarines Sur A, B, and Albay and the DAR Municipalities of Lagonoy, Presentacion, and Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Albay has adjusted its coverage to as far as Claveria in Masbate, and Nabua, Balatan, and Bato in Camarines Sur. Sorsogon had to take the areas of San Jacinto, Batuan, Monreal, and San Fernando in Masbate.The LAD-heavy Camarines Sur had to be split into two administrative provinces dubbed as Camarines Sur A extending its coverage to San Pascual, Masbate, and Camarines Sur B with certain areas radiated to Catanduanes. Camarines Norte likewise extended its service area to Sipocot, Camarines Sur. The first quarter were busy periods for Bicol provinces trying to consolidate efforts and integrate administrative concerns to ensure smooth transition period among technical personnel involved. On the part of radiating personnel, “referencing” activities, field and database scanning in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur A and B with respect to Other LTI Activity were already conducted by Bicol technical workers. Insofar as this activity is concerned, radiating personnel will have to work on leasehold operations, re-documentation, DNYD, DNYP (DBP), and Field Survey Documentation. Insum,thereweredistinct work processes involved to speed up both LAD and Other LTI Activities as far as the concept is concerned, and this could be categorized into three stages: (1.) Advocacy stage, (2.) Setting-up stage, and (3.) Operations stage. The interlinking of these three stages are very vital both in the psychological and physical drive of technical workers in Bicol considering the urgency of achieving set targets come 2014 CARPER deadline. Complementing this overarching objective is a timely administrative support (resource inventory, funding, logistics, etc.) that should go hand-in-hand with operational activities. Specifically, the region has already come past the advocacy level among frontliners. It has already set up the coordinative mechanisms required in all concerned Bicol provinces through inter-office talks, and site scanning, including conferences with respective LGUs (local government units). LGUs’ role had been tapped and aggressively linked in this special operation via ONE DAR Concept. This forms part of the distinct strategy to boost field-based activities for both LAD and Other LTI work components. Mapping it out After intensive consultations, one-on-one discussions, and deep organizational analysis pertaining to: driving forces, restraining factors, resource (physical, funding, and human) requirements and strategy building, the next crucial step had to be firmed up in an Action Plan for specific provinces concerned. At least for Other LTI Activities, a firmed- up Plan was fleshed out in the latter part of the first quarter. The action plan looked into specific timeline of activities and projected outputs that will guide the field frontliners in Bicol provinces involving MAROs, OIC-MAROs, SARPTs /ARPTs. Insight At the core of the strategy in effecting change and efficiently meeting up desired targets are our program beneficiaries. As we proceed swiftly into the fulfillment of CARPER in its five-year term in 2014, we are bound by our obligations to fulfill that end with utmost satisfaction of our people, and those whom we profess to serve. THE FRONTLINERS. Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers (MAROs) in deep discussion. UNITED FRONT. One DAR family headed by Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Jose Z. Grageda (center) and Regional Director Maria Celestina Manlagñit-Tam (in black shirt). 6 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 7
  5. 5. T he implementation of land distribution program in Bicol Region is quite a story to tell. A story of landowners crying foul over the coverage of their landholdings, and of thousands of poor farmers having lands of their own at last. Story of never-ending court cases litigations, and of landowners and farmers finally settling their differences. A story of years of outstanding accomplishments, and of years of setbacks and ‘drought’. Land distribution in Bicol is an exact story of pains and gains. Early on, speculations were centered on how DAR would deal with the enormous task of implementing land distribution in Bicol, considering the fact that said region was home to big landlords and old haciendas, whose landowners were not quite ready to give up their properties. Given this apprehension together with various technical problems that went along with it, implementing land distribution in the region seemed extremely difficult. Skeptics gave this particular undertaking a slim probability of prospering in Bicol. But DAR Bicol was more than ready to face the challenges. Readiness that was anchored on a clear mandate to put into action a social justice program that starts with acquiring public and private agricultural lands, and awarding these to the landless farmers. And so transpired the twenty-plus years of land distribution implementation in Region V that totally disproved the non-believers’ predictions. Generally, despite all the adversities it went through, DAR Bicol has enough reasons to be proud of with its output in land distribution. To date, a total of 313,250 hectares of agricultural lands have already been awarded to at least 182,728 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). Ownerships of said lands were already transferred to the recipients thru Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) and Emancipation Patents (EPs). DAR Bicol likewise had made possible the execution of leasehold contracts between landowners and their tenant-farmers involving 31,885 hectares. Said leasehold contracts led to the eradication of disagreements between the two parties and the improvement of the tenurial status of more than 10,000 tenant-farmers. Land To The Landless BICOLANOS ButthetaskinLandTenureImprovement(LTI)component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) became tougher each day especially for the past ten years or so, when what were left are the contentious and problematic landholdings. Despite this though, in 2007, DAR V had one of its banner years when it hit 95% of its target. The 2007 output of 14,190 hectares at 95% ranked 2nd in the national output for the year. With this, Bicol was lauded as the 'most improved region' by then Asst. Secretary for Operations Dominador B. Andres. In 2008, DAR V followed up the preceding year’s achievement with even bigger one. At 104% accomplishment- against-target performance, DAR V distributed 15,554 hectares of lands to almost 10,000 ARBs regionwide, making said volume the biggest since 1999 and the percentage highest since 2001 for the region. Regional Director Atty. Maria Celestina Manlagñit- Tam, and DAR Bicol in general, attributed this feat to the appropriate strategies applied and the teamwork within. But then again, the succeeding years proved to be more intricate for DAR with the advent of the phasing that is required under RA 9700, known as the CARPer, and the new requirements that fieldworkers have to deal with. For one, potential beneficiaries shall have to take their oath before the judge of the municipality/city court concerned, a requirement that somehow caused some delays in the documetation process, which evidently occurred during the transition period. Then in 2012, a DOJ opinion ruled that untitled private agricultural lands (UPALS) in excess of 12 hectares should be reverted to the State, in which the distribution task, as far as the exceeding hectares are concered, was handed over to the DENR. DAR Bicol's deliverablesunderthislandtype went for naught. Nonetheless, subject landholdings will still be awarded to qualified farmers by the DENR. DAR Bicol’s quest for awarding more lands to more farmers in the region is far from done though. The region still has at least 160,752 hectares of agricultural lands for distribution to potential ARBs. Four of its provinces namely Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon, remain in the top 20 with high target in Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD). These lands will still benefit thousands of farmers more. However, the bottlenecks that have been there for so long still exist. Uncooperative landowners, properties with pending cases, the various technical problems and erroneous documents, among others, are still hounding documentation processes. But always, the resiliency of the men and women in DAR Bicol is out to offset these hindrances. Last year, with barely three years left to complete LAD, the region’s top management had, once and for all, stirred the workforce to gear up for the final push. At the forefront of this effort to make the difference is the ‘One DAR Policy’ concept which is now being practiced in the region to the fullest. Under this scheme, workforces in the high LAD provinces were augmented by personnel from almost LAD free areas. "Let us tear down walls, ceilings and floors," RD Tam said figuratively as she emphasized the importance of helping each other out. "Everyone’s role is vital to the attainment of our targets," she stressed. It could be recalled though that in the past, the essence of One DAR Policy, somehow, had already found its way into the DAR Bicol’s scheme of defusing bottlenecks in the flow of LAD processes. More than a couple of years ago, technical personnel from Catanduanes and Albay reinforced the workforces of Camarines Sur and Masbate in the spirit of workload sharing. Likewise, RD Tam then created a regional monitoring by Reuben R. Loria The Final Survey of the 30-hectare Mison property in Brgy. Cagmanaba, Ocampo, Camarines Sur. Ours, Finally! ARBs with their Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Target 18,168 22,429 34,438 35,500 24,705 25,180 45,929 21,254 35,000 35,469 23,000 21,500 25,847 8,702 11,774 9,950 11,000 11,323 15,000 15,000 15,000 8,228 12,153 17,869 16,001 Accomp. 13,668 18,701 8,252 13,206 13,642 24,248 19,627 14,166 17,657 18,332 14,881 12,577 7,952 9,907 11,104 8,082 5,569 10,228 13,260 14,246 15,553 3,432 7,184 7,541 2,828 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 AccomplishmentTarget 2012201120102009200820072006200520042003200220012000199919981997199619951994199319921991199019891988 LAD Status, By Year Under CARP (1988 - 2012) In Hectares ...Continued on page 11 8 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 9
  6. 6. The Table is ready C offee table, dining table, computer table, and whatever table you call it, the most popular table for the Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PMEU) is the Table4. In every conference of Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers (MAROs), Table4 is the most in demand. Their conference can not go on without this table. Table4 is where the summary information of the province’s accomplishment on land acquisition and distribution (LAD) can be seen. This was introduced in 1995 as CARP-LAD Monitoring Report but there was no database to support it then. It contained only the total scope, deductibles, cumulative accomplishment, problematic and workable landholdings, by phase and mode of acquisition. The whereabouts of the workable balance were also indicated there, all in numeric form. DAR Sorsogon’s PMEU has proven their expertise in database management since the inception of Table4. The PMEU staff designated as point person forTable4 Mariam Jamoralin conceptualized and created a simple database using Dbase named as ProvCon, which means provincial consolidation of LAD Scope. This database was continually improved based on the information needs of DARRO, DARPO, and DARMO. Inputs from different sectors were all considered making it more comprehensive. Unlike the downloaded system that contains only the balance or at most the last three years registered EPs/CLOAs, the ProvCon contains the cumulative accomplishment.Thus, all information in Table4 are supported by this database. The list of landholdings can easily be generated. The updated database also facilitated updating, processing, retrieval and generation of reports, and provided accurate and reliable information -- a real big help in making planning and management decisions. According to Jamoralin, constant updates on the entries and additional data elements were made on this Database consistent with operational directive on LAD, such that compliance to periodic reports required by either DARCO or DARRO were made and submitted on time. “Various tracking or monitoring systems were introduced from DARCO and DARRO containing varied data preferences which were aligned with the operational directives of the Undersecretaries of Field Operations group, these are LADTracks, MASTLTI, LTIMon, FOFile1 and the recent is CARPER LAD Database. We were obliged to comply with the directives. Building the database system was no hassle for DAR Sorsogon because the majority of the needed data can be found in our local database. So, we just copy-paste the information to the new system,” she said. With the advent of new softwares, Cynthia Enesio, together with the technical assistance of Ma.Teresa Dealca and Gilbert Goingo, data on Dbase system were converted into Microsoft Access Base System.They stored additional data which were found in EPIS and CLOAIS, making this more comprehensive. Then, they gave it a name --- LADSystem- Sorsogon Version. Enesio meticulously encoded the data elements like name of ARB, Dates ofTitle’s Generation, Registration, and Distribution, and all other important information. This development made the system unique and more comprehensive as far as LAD process is concerned. Subsequently, they turned it over to Imelda Diones who updated the report form. Extensive research was made in collaboration with Shiela Atienza such as the details of each lot from the approved by Alura A. Jaso Landowner Form page of LADSystem-Sorsogon Version team led by OIC-Asst. Director for Operations Miguel Gracilla and Chief for Operations Nida Santiago, who traveled to the provincial and municipal offices to look over pending documentation and claim folders, and provide these with speedy and appropriate action.The scheme produced significant results. Meanwhile, in support of the recent One DAR Policy, comes now the computerization of field offices from the provinces down to the municipal level. The MAROs and key staff were provided with computers while said field offices were provided access to the Internet in order to enhance administration and interchanging of data. The LAD tracking system introduced by former RD from Negros Elmo Bañares is also being adopted as a tool for monitoring and updating data. In Camarines Sur, a very high LAD province, data management was furtherimprovedbythecomputeraided-draftingorCADrays,aninnovative computer program being used to facilitate in making initial projections, fast track classification of lands, determine alienable & disposable (A & D) and timberlands. ARB paralegal volunteers are likewise being utilized in said province to reinforce the DAR legal officers in providing solutions to agrarian related cases, which have been obstructing the flow of operations. Conduct of Claim Folder days is likewise being established in the region in order to expedite processing of achievable targets. DAR Bicol is optimistic 2013 could be a banner year again for the region. To complement these operational strategies, personnel enhancements are being carried out by DAR V, such as executive leadership trainings, computer literacy trainings, wellness seminars, team building sessions and a lot more. The regional management is exploring all possible avenues just to make certain desired results are attained. “Just let the management know the assistance you need and you’ll have it”, RD Tam assures DAR V officials and personnel. Gains from the recent efforts have become evident already. DAR V attained 122 percent of its target for the first quarter of 2013, distributing 1,868 hectares to at least 1096 ARBs. DAR Bicol will surely experience the same ups and downs as the deadline for LAD nears. But this will never dampen the spirit of a workforce which has a capable and very supportive regional management that is leading the pack. FIELD WORK. DAR 5 team headed by OIC-ARDO Miguel S. Gracilla (in green shirt) conducts on-the-spot Pre-Ocular Inspection of three (3) big landholdings in Tinambac, Camarines Sur targeted for coverage under R.A. 9700 or CARPER. Also in photo are (L-R) Camarines Sur B PARO Ramon B. Fuentebella, Mr. Antonio Aginillo, a farmer beneficiary of Tordilla property, and a DAR field technician. FACILITATING WORK THROUGH TEAM EFFORTS. Sorsogon PMEU staff putting in entries to the LADSystem-Sorsogon Version (Counter-clockwise) Ma. Teresa Dealca (red shirt), Cynthia Enesio, Imelda Diones, Mariam Jamoralin and Gilbert Goingo. "This land may be profitable to those that will adventure it." -Henry Hudson survey plans on file and the technical personnel or documenter of each claim folder have been included in the database. All of those were regularly updated. Because of their initiatives, promptness, consistency, and orderliness of their report, the team became a national awardee. During the LTIMon (Land Tenure Improvement Monitoring) System, Sorsogon was chosen as Regional Help Desk and was awarded with the Undersecretary’s citation. The PMEU team of Sorsogon assists the provincial offices within the Bicol region in the build-up and operationalization of the system. Again, during the time of FOF1 (Field Operation File 1), just on its first assessment held at Nawawalang Paraiso, Tayabas, Quezon, DAR Sorsogon was recognized as having the best FOF1 files. Once again, the PMEU of DAR Sorsogon became a national awardee plus they received a Travel Award for the PMEU Head. Another recognition was given to Sorsogon by FOG during the last FOF1 Assessment held at Dakak Resort, Zamboanga City. PARO Gina Bolaños said that with this LADSystem-Sorsogon Version, it has made research a lot easier for those who would like to access information from PMEU, as efficiently as possible, with just a click of a mouse. At any time, the Table is ready in DAR V, thanks to DAR Sorsogon. ...From page 9 10 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 11
  7. 7.   Finally, the Provincial Assessment was held on August 30-31, 2012 to review the different milestones of the program, solicit feedbacks, gather testimonies and suggestion on how to enhance the results, and sustain the paralegals and mainstream the Paralegal Development Program into the DAR’s thrusts and initiatives. Results/Impact of the Paralegal Development Program  It is too early to quantify and qualify the benefitsofanyprograminsoshortaperiodoftime especially if we are after the tangible results (e.g. number of hectares acquired and distributed, number of land disputes mediated, etc.) The results will take time to achieve, especially if we want to attribute said accomplishments to a group of volunteers whose motivations need to be articulated further. But one thing is imminent and sure: the DAR was able to effect a different mindset and behavioral change not only among the farmer paralegal volunteers, the farmer-beneficiaries, and the communities they operate in, but also among the DAR field personnel and DAR officials. The DAR has definitely forged a lasting partnership with the paralegal volunteers based on the trust developed by working as partners in development rather than on the basis of agency- client relationship. We have heard many of the trained paralegals who echoed the sentiment that they have finally understood what the DAR people are doing and trying to achieve! Before the paralegal training, they had a negative perception of the CARPER due to lack of information and misconceptions. However, since they are now trained with the necessary knowledge and skills as paralegals, they are confident that they are equipped to explain the CARPER laws and issuances to other farmers and the public, and they are now more than willing to be agents of change.  Likewise, since the paralegal volunteers are community-based leaders, the people tend to believe and follow them and what needs to be done with the least resistance. They are not only known to the community and the weight of their credibility but they also know everyone, their personal circumstances, and the history of the land disputes, among others. On the other hand, the DAR field personnel will not only work with cooperative point persons in the community, but also with the trained paralegals who can help in so many aspects. The DAR managers are starting to appreciate the importance of the paralegals and their invaluable contributions. It may just be small ripples, but as more success stories emerge and testimonies are being told, the ripples will turn into huge waves that could help the CARPER surge forward! What we should be doing now is confidence building. We should painstakingly document their achievements how minute or of minor importance they may be. We should celebrate the milestones by achieving small victories. We should be learning by doing, and doing what we have learned from others Future plans and next steps for the Paralegal Program in Camarines Sur 1.      The formation of the Provincial Farmers Paralegal Desk to handle all concerns of the paralegal volunteers, and to regularly follow-up their activities. It was proposed that it shall be under the supervision of the Chief of Legal Division.   The names, addresses, and contact numbers of paralegal volunteers will be made available so that farmers who will be needing their assistance will be informed. The PACS and the DAR through its Legal Division will come up with a mechanism to specify their working relationship.  It was proposed by the Legal Chiefs that paralegal volunteers will be allowed to observe the mediation proceedings, meetings, and other related activities of the DAR’s legal officers in the DAR offices and in the field, and of the lawyers in the courts if there is a need to. The purpose of this strategy is to expose the paralegal volunteers to the nuances, proper actuations, and needed skills a paralegal must possess in order to hone their skills further.  2.    Continuing Capability Building of the paralegal volunteers  This is subject to the availability of funds, directives, and future plans of BARIE and DAR Central office. However, the DAR Cam Sur A intends to include this initiative in its regular budget.  3.    The MAROs are enjoined to utilize the paralegal volunteers, work closely with them, and implement their respective Action Plans  4.    Transportation & food allowances, and other benefits  There are plans to provide the paralegal volunteers with transportation and food allowances to facilitate their mobility, or even hire them as job orders (depending on their qualifications, the intended tasks to be assigned, etc). There is also a proposal that they be provided with Philhealth cards or group accident insurance, a suggestion that their children be given scholarships or educational assistance, and similar fringe benefits just to show them that the DAR (and the government) appreciate and value their contributions and its tangible results. IN THE LINE OF DUTY. Paralegal volunteer Lito Bignotea confers with farmer beneficiaries. How paralegal volunteers help in accelerating the land acquisition & distribution efforts of the DAR in the far-flung barangays of  Camarines Sur extend helping hands FARMERS-PARALEGAL by Jose D. Co The Background  Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. Camarines Sur has a total land area of 5,266.8 square kilometers and a population of 2,693,821 residents and 288,172 households based on the 2010 census. Its territory encompasses two cities and 35 municipalities.   In order to address the huge Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) balance of the province of more than 45,000 hectares, the DAR Central management decided in January 2012 to divide the province operationally under two separate provincial offices. DAR Cam Sur A comprises Districts I, II, and V whereas DAR Cam Sur B includes Districts III and IV. The division aims to focus on accelerating the acquisition and distribution of the remaining large landholdings by rationalizing the allocation of personnel and resources.   Camarines Sur A is composed of 17 municipalities and Iriga City with a total CARPable area of 21,939.798 hectares under Phases 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B. It must be noted that under the Paralegal Development Program, 19 trained paralegal volunteers were selected from the municipalities of Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, and Bula. The seven municipalities have a total CARPER balance of 14,540 hectares or 66.30% of the total CARPable area of Camarines Sur A. The implementation of the Paralegal Development Program in Camarines Sur   Based on the program objectives, the DAR Camarines Sur A conducted an Orientation Meeting about the program which was attended by the respective MAROs, representatives from the Admin & Finance, the Operations, and Legal divisions. Mr. Dave Abogado representing SALIGAN-Bicol, Ms. Aurea B. General of the DAR Regional I & E division, and SUARPO Joey Co, the designated Provincial Coordinator took turns in the discussion of the rationale, objectives, and criteria for the selection of paralegal participants.   OIC-PARO II Rod O. Realubit of DAR Camarines Sur A and OIC-CARPO for OperationsRicGarciahelpedintheidentification of the municipalities where the paralegals will be selected. They intentionally chose the seven municipalities due to its large CARPER balances, and for being contiguous except for the municipality of Bula. Bula has a very large previous LAD accomplishment being a land consolidated area that will be needing trained paralegals in order to address the expected land disputes and next-generation tenurial problems.  TheTrainingTeam provided the MAROs the criteria in the selection of the participants to the Paralegal Training held on March 6-8, 2012. The criteria were: 1. He/she must be a resident or based in the barangay/community; 2. Must be at least a high school graduate (although 25% of the participants have college degree or at the college level); 3. Must not be more than 60 years old for obvious reason; 4. Must be a BARC chairman/member or a respected or influential leader in the community; 5. Must be supportive of the CARPER and government programs.  They must also be willing to work on a voluntary basis, and must be willing to apply and share their learning to others. There is also a conscious effort to include as many female trainees as possible so much so that almost 30% of the selected participants were women. However, the important factor is that the MARO concerned has to endorse the participant since he/she is in the best position to know the person, their capabilities, and how they will work together as partners at the field level.  The Paralegal  Training was held at Avenue Plaza Hotel, Naga City where the participants were also given their Paralegal Manuals as ready reference. It was also during the workshop that their first action plans were drafted. The 1st Paralegal Clinic & Tactic Session was held on May 24-25, 2012 and followed by the 2nd Paralegal Clinic & Tactic Session held on July 26-27, 2012 respectively at the Champagne Garden. The Training Team also monitored the action plans of selected municipalities on July 18-20, 2012 in order to get an actual insight on what was happening at the field level. SHARING THE GIFT. Atty. Ramon SJ Cabañes, chief legal of Camarines Sur B, shares mediation techniques to the farmer-paralegal volunteers during the Clinic and Tactics Session. 12 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 13
  8. 8. L ibmanan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 100,002, and a total land area of 342.82 km2  or 34,282 hectares. It is composed of 75 barangays, five of which are located in the coastal areas and the remaining 70 barangays are distributed in the low land and upland portions of the municipality. Libmanan, being consideredasthebiggestandmost populated town in the province, has dramatically prospered in the recent years because of the excellent means of transportation like the national highway, the railroad, and the Libmanan River. Libmaman is mainly agricultural although the coastal barangays also yield a rich catch. A large plain devoted to rice production gave it the distinction as the rice granary of the province. Similarly, the upland barangays are lush mountainous areas planted to coconut, bananas, root crops, vegetables, and some fruit trees. Most of the upland barangays have been inaccessible for a very long time until recently when farm to market roads were constructed, and paved the way towards the development of the far-flung areas. With the road networks, the agricultural produce were brought down to the markets, and commanded better prices. Likewise, basic commodities were made readily available and affordable to the residents. The delivery of basic social services like education, health, and nutrition followed suit as the people demand better governance from the local officials. However, it was the government’s agrarian reform program which has made a great and lasting impact in the countryside. As a social justice program it aims to distribute as many hectares of lands to all qualified farmer- beneficiaries despite the constraints and adverse moves of some sectors like the affected landowners and militant farmers organizations. Despite the lack of manpower, limited resources like vehicles for mobility, and the real threat to their personal security, the DAR personnel earnestly accomplished their jobs. Furthermore, the opposition and non- cooperation of the landowners, boundary disputes, claims of ownership, and absence of legal documents among others aggravated the situation The DARMO’s initiative at Libmanan, Camarines Sur As of November 2012, the total CARPable area of the municipality of Libmanan is 3,398 hectares. However, there is a possibility that 500 hectares more will be added due to the inclusion of ‘new’ lands which were not included to the existing data base and targets. The reasons given are that said landholdings were inaccessible before, the prevailing peace and order condition, and there were no available supporting documents before.  The DARMO Libmanan-Cabusao was headed by MARO Felina Manjares, 56, who assumed office only in February 2012. She was a veteran in the DAR with her working experience expanding to more than three decades. She has been assigned in DARMOs of Pasacao, Pamplona, and San Fernando prior to her present assignment. Occasionally, she was assisted in the field work by her spouse Pol who is also a MARO of DARMO San Fernando. MARO Felina is a hands on manager who spearheaded field works and targeted new lands   For 2012 and 2013, she has targeted a total area of 1,068 hectares. She was being assisted by Rommel Ortega Bulaong, 47, an Admin Aide but utilized to do field work. He has worked in the DAR since 1991, and was assigned in DARMO-Libmanan ever since and was well versed with every landholding in the municipality.  Assisting in the field work is the lone job order Joel D. Mendoza, 31. He is a resident of Bagumbayan, Libmanan and an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student. He helps in the interviews of FB, ocular inspection with Landbank personnel, and the identification of landholdings, and conduct of surveys that lasts for days in a row. He drives his own motorcycle for mobility. Also helping in the field work are two Government Internship Program (GIP) interns Mike Brioso and Ryan Guerrero.  Specifically, we have photo- documented the work  of  Mr. Lito Bignotea, the paralegal volunteer and Barangay Agrarian Reform Committee (BARC) Chairman from the far-flung barangay of Villadima, Libmanan, Camarines Sur. He works with the DAR personnel, the barangay captain and other local officials, and the farmer-beneficiaries in the field. The results are not only commendable but also worth emulating. Not less than 300 hectares are expected to be distributed to more than 150 farmer-beneficiaries soon. It only proved that big things may happen with the concerted participation of the stakeholders especially with the helping hands of the farmers paralegal volunteers. MARO Felina Manjares specifically informed Usec Joe Grageda during the Cam Sur A Provincial Planning Workshop held on December 13-14, 2012 at Naga City that without the intervention and assistance of paralegal volunteer Lito Bignotea, it would not be possible for DAR personnel to come up with the substantial LAD accomplishment in Libmanan within a short period. Wehopethatbytrainingandempowering more farmers as paralegal volunteers, they will be able to effect changes, accelerate land acquisition & distribution, and secure the development in the communities where they are based. by Jose D. Co HAPPEN DREAM TEAM. Libmanan team with paralegal Lito Bignotea The LAD Funnel Monitoring System(with Simulation Approach) by Gerardo C. Buensalida M onitoring is an integral and important part of a management information system. Managers of an organization, like DAR, require information to keep track of its programs and to guide its course of actions. Information is a critical resource in the operation and management of an organization. Timely availability of relevant information is vital for effective performance of managerial functions such as planning, organizing, leading, and control. Thus, Manuel Nebreja, a civil engineer and currently OIC-Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer in Naga City has developed some type of monitoring and evaluation tool called “LAD Funnel M & E System”. The term “funnel” is used because most often, the number of data entering the model is larger than the number of accomplishments kept in the accomplishment bin. The LAD Funnel will generally provide relevant information to DAR managers on the overall standing of Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) activities in the municipal and provincial levels, and guide them identify problems calling for action, outlines alternative solutions, and forecast possible outcomes for each landholding. The LAD Funnel is specifically designed to visualize the progress of Claim Folders (CFs) as they progress from the initial stage (Workable Balance Bay) through the final phase (Accomplishment Bin). By manually plotting the survey status and milestone codes from the LAD CARPER Database, the LAD Funnel automatically filters the data entering the system and keeps track of the present actual CF status particularly Survey status as they pass (descending) through its various stages, and provides the user with options to view the different situations and movement of each landholding. It has several components or storage bins such as Workable Balance Bay, Deducted Bin, Deductible Bin, Problematic Bin, Funnel and Accomplishment Bin. The funnel has two categories, the Left Side category contains the VOS, OLT, GFI, LE, SE, VLT landholdings, and Right Side category containsthe CA landholdings. Engr. Nebreja suggests that a user should undergo training and lecturing to familiarize with the system and method of this innovative LAD monitoring tool. Below is an illustration of the LAD Funnel. ForSurvey(W/oMARORequest) ForSurvey(W/MARORequest) Validated/Moduled OnGoingSurvey/Bidded FieldWorkcompleted AtDARRO AtLMS ReturnedbyLMS AtLMS(ResubtoLMS) WithASP(LMSapproved) AtLMS(Rejected/DisapprovedbyLMS) SurveyNotNeeded WithASP(NoLMSapproval) WithASP(NoLMSapproval) SurveyNotNeeded AtLMS(Rejected/DisapprovedbyLMS) WithASP(LMSapproved) AtLMS(ResubtoLMS) ReturnedbyLMS AtLMS AtDARRO FieldWorkcompleted OnGoingSurvey/Bidded Validated/Moduled ForSurvey(W/MARORequest) ForSurvey(W/oMARORequest) LAD FUNNEL : CAMARINES SUR - B 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 14 14 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Code FOR LAD-CARPER BALANCE : 31371.0951 As of April 30, 2013 99 98 Yes 453 235 70.1 157 186 28.2 55.5 69.9 30.1 950.7 0 631.4 0 0 530.3 0 856.13 33 143 4.54 0 129 184 4.98 303 3000.2 = 8055.3663 1 143 0 0 30 38 0 9 17 24 179 0 238 0 0 110 0 344 0 47 0 0 7 10 0 10 1526 1 2731.6306 2 143 61 0 31 38 0 0 17 0 72 0 173 0 0 42 0 39 33 15 0 0 21 46 0 133 1314 2 2179.4534 3 0 15 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 19 3 82.1228 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.6705 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5.a 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 22 34 5.a 104.9845 5.b 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 6 0 2 0 0 1 0 11 0 0 0 0 15 77 0 26 0 5.b 168.0933 5.c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.c 0 6 85 91 70 39 15 0 10 6 0 0 0 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 5 106 3 6 497.25 Serve NOC/Acceptance Letter personally or substituted service (one for each co-owner) Request Other PAROs/BLAD to serve NOC/Acceptance Letter or publish NOC/Acceptance Letter Post NOC in 3 conspicuous places Conduct Preliminary survey activities (list of LHs for survey, prepare modules/conduct bidding; assign modules to Admin Survey Teams) CA WB MILESTONE Research/Gather Documents Conduct Pre-OCI Project Landholding on LC Map Review and accept/reject VOS (skip for other land types) Issue NOC (CA)/Acceptance Letter (VOS) VOS, OLT, GFI, LE Deducted Deductible Problematic Code  F L O W 6 85 91 70 39 15 0 10 6 0 0 0 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 5 106 3 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7.a 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.a 0.64 7.b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.b 0 7.c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 7.c 33.3114 7.d 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.d 0 7.e 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.e 0 7.f 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.f 0 7.g 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.g 0 7.h 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.h 0 7.i 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.i 0 7.j 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.j 12.1398 8 20 0 0 7 77 0 0 0 0 4 0 9 0 0 2 0 66 0 0 0 0 46 0 0 0 1 8 231.3244 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 20.6558 11 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 224 0 39 0 0 36 0 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 11 471.0322 12 45 12 0 37 10 28 15 2 0 211 0 59 0 0 155 0 38 0 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 22 12 674.6364 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 13 13.8603 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 11.1274 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 15.a 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 81 0 4 0 0 8 0 97 0 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.a 230.6569 15.b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.b 2.5016 15.c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 45 0 0 14 0 21 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.c 124.2608 Prepare survey returns & PLUM (for multi-crops) Review and submit Survey Plan to LMS for IVAS Complete the CF and transmit to DARPO Prepare for conduct of FI (arrange schedule & serve notices) Conduct Joint DAR-LBP Field Investigation Transmission to LBP Conduct DAR-LBP Pre-Processing & submit CF to LBP Returned to PARO AOC for Valuation (VOS and CA)/DARRO for VLT Approval Receive ASP and transmit copies to offices concerned. Conduct screening of potential ARBs Prepare Masterlist of ARBs Obtain BARC Certification and PARO's approval of Masterlist Post Masterlist of ARBs Serve copies of BARC-certified Masterlist Conduct compulsory arbitration in case of protest/petition Post Amended Masterlist Prepare APFU and arrange/accompany ARBs in oath-taking before a city/municipal judge Conduct survey field work assign modules to Admin Survey Teams) Conduct ARB ID, Screening and Selection Conduct Info Dissemination Prepare & Post Preliminary List of ARBs 2188.9486 5575.99 8815.4223 15.d 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.d 7.3042 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 55.2052 17 0 12 0 0 0 0 11 10 0 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 69.8889 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 20 18 20 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 105 0 29 0 0 61 0 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 20 332.6159 21 44 76 34 107 128 11 55 137 0 1357 3 4002 32 0 309 3 227 17 41 0 0 7 26 0 7 111 21 6735.3679 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 = TOTAL EP/CLOA REGISTERED Region V Province: CAMARINES SUR - B HO Valuation Receive MOV, serve copy to LO and post Notice on NLVA Receive COD, transmit to ROD and request for RP Title Prepare Land Distribution Folder Generate EP/CLOA and have it signed & sealed Register EP/CLOA Distribute LBP-certified photocopy of EP/CLOA to ARB 6735.3679 Take physical possession of the land and serve notice to ARBs of individual allocation of lots The Author: Engr.Manuel A. Nebreja Making things Fields Magazine 15
  9. 9. Background/Evolution of CADRays CADRays starts from simple to high end programmable calculators to Lotus 123 and Excel Application. While still studying in college and working with a private engineering firm, Richard already had the knack in programming. With Casio FX 602, 603, 4500, and 7400G Plus Power Graphic, he was able to develop survey applications on subdivision, traverse, settings, etc., which helped him do his school assignments while making his work tasks easier. In 1998, he was hired as a Job Order (JO) employee by DAR Camarines Sur assigned at the Survey Section. Undersecretary for Field Operations Jose Z. Grageda who was then the PARO of Camarines Sur, provided the Survey Section with a licensed version R14 of AutoCAD before he left his post in the province in 1999. Geodetic & Civil Engr. Marlon de la Cruz, another JO, was in charge of the AutoCAD and helped Richard learn how to use it. With diligence and creativity, Richard eventually designed a simple application that fast-tracked the preparation of Sketch Plans, Land Use Maps, Survey Returns and its Analysis on the Personal Computer or PC. Richard dreamed of buying a licensed AutoCAD for himself so he can further develop application softwares on his spare time at home. But he realized that the price is too steep and it was beyond his means. In August 2000, he passed the Geodetic Engineering Board Exam and continued working as JO until 2003, for it was only in 2004 when he was appointed permanently as Clerk III in the DAR. In 2004, Richard attended the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (GEPI) Bicol Regional convention where he learned about the CADian™ CAD software imported from South Korea. Its features were presented in the said occasion by GE Juan Vito Genson whose Genson Enterprises or GENT was designated as its sole distributor in the Philippines. Richard learned that CADian™ CAD software is a powerful application for engineers, architects, designers, and drafters. CADian has set the standard for affordable CAD (Computer- Aided Drafting) software that offers full DWG (a drawing extension file) compatibility and a familiar easy-to-use command set. Since Richard has used AutoCAD, he believed he can easily learn how to use CADian in no time. Upon inquiry, Richard also learned that the price tag of the said software was Php13,000 at that time. In 2007, Richard married and started raising a family. He knew that his meager salary as a lowly government employee would not suffice. This compelled him to work harder to find ways to improve his lot in order to provide a better future for his family. He planned to develop a program that will consolidate his past efforts that helped him in his job at the Survey Section, while dreaming of establishing a small business of his own someday. He realized that he needed the CADian to power his envisioned software. In November 2009, through the help of Engr. Alex Genio, the GEPI Bicol Regional president, Richard was given a complimentary CADian software by Engr. Genson of GENT. Immediately, he started working on it and he discovered that CADian’s native file format is DWG, so when he opened an existing Autodesk AutoCAD file (R11 to R2011) there was no file conversion and no data loss. CADian also provides a high degree of compatibility with the AutoCAD command set, as well as the AutoLISP and SDS or Solutions Development System. That means he can get to work immediately using the AutoCAD files, commands and applications. Richard meticulously studied and put long hours in his endeavor just to be able to develop the Computer-Aided Drafting or CADRays software. In doing so, he spent precious time away from his wife Gen and two growing kids. He would occasionally wake up at two o’clock in the morning since he cannot do it during office hours. What further prodded him to pursue his dream amidst the difficulties was his desire to make a difference in his own field and help the DAR Survey deliver its tasks through cutting edge technology. Finally, in November 2010, he presented the CADRays during the GEPI South Luzon Area conference at the Avenue Square, Naga City where he discussed its features and what it can do for his colleagues and fellow geodetic engineers. Richard was very happy that not only was he able to get their attention, but he also got several inquiries. In July 3, 2011, Richard was asked to present CADRays at the DAR Central office to BLAD, FOO, FMAO officials. The other presentorwasMechanicalEngineeringGraduate Samuel Alicante with his NMAX software CADRaysCOMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING BY JOSE D. CO G eodetic Engineer Richard A. Rayos of DAR Cam Sur A Survey Section pioneered and authored the software Computer-Aided Drafting or CADRays which is powered by CADian™ CAD software with the support of Digital Classification Map (LCMap). At present, the computer program is exclusively used in Camarines Sur and helps in making initial projection, fast tracks the classification of landholdings, and determines whether they are Alienable and Disposable (A & D) or timberlands. “ using the AutoCAD. Eventually, DARCO decided to purchase 13 units of AutoCADs and NMAX softwares (amounting to Php4.4 million) for distribution to regions nationwide. DAR Camarines Sur A, according to Richard, was the first one to get the AutoCAD on January 3, 2013, excluding the NMAX since its Survey Section is already using CADRays. Richard conceded that at the time of his presentation, he was still developing further his CADRays that is why it did not includeyetthenarrativetechnical description or NTD as one of its features. He also accepted the fact that Mr. Alicante was more eloquent than him. His consolation though was that DAR Camarines Sur eventually bought thee (3) units of CADian software with CADRays amounting to Php90,000 or Php30,000 a piece. How does CADRays help land surveys and accomplishotherLADactivities? The CADRays powered by CADian is so versatile that it can accomplish the following myriad functions: Cadastral Processing, Comprehensive Land Use Planning, eTD or electronic Technical Description on PHILARES of the Land Registration Authority (LRA), geodetic labeling & plotting, Land Information System (LIS) gathering, mapping, plotting & analysis, polygon closure analysis, subdivision & scheming, and Survey Returns, etc. With the myriad and variety of tasks that can be accomplished, it will definitely save DAR not only of money but also of time. It also enhances the capability of the DAR personnel while maximizing manpower and its technical capability. What is in store for the future and how can CADRays be improved further? Richard has pointed out what are in store for CADRays powered by CADian software as he continues to improve and look for many other applications and other inherent innovations that help facilitate the Land Acquisition & Distribution (LAD) functions of DAR in the field level. Among them are: CADRays will facilitate researches digitally on Approved Survey Plans (ASPs), and Cadastral maps in order to determine the Cadastral Map Number for all the lots per landholding. At present the tedious process is to manually browse into the files, survey plans, cadastral maps, and other documents being kept and filed in the DAR’s repository and other places. It is not only tedious but it also takes a great number of man-hours and patience in sorting, studying, and discerning the dusty documents.The storage of said documents right now proved to be insecure as it is vulnerable to fire, typhoon, flood, and theft. The loss of which is irreparable and will cause further delay and more difficulty in the implementation of the CARPER. The process is to have all available survey plans, maps, ASPs, etc., scanned. It is for this reason that DAR 5 Regional Director Ma. Celestina Tam and PARO Rod Realubit of Camarines Sur A promptly provided a large format scanner for this purpose. The scanned output will be uploaded to the computer and processed by CADRays and CADian softwares. Since 2011, the CADRays is accredited and electronically linked to PHILARES system of the Land Registration Authority (LRA). CADRays now has the capacity to generate a landholding’s electronic narrative technical descriptions (eTDs) which are accepted by the LRA, thus, facilitate land titling. This is because CADRays’ XML file output can be read by the PHILARES system. Itmustbenotedthatthemanualencoding of the narrative technical description is not only tedious and time-consuming but also prone to errors. In a test-run made by Richard involving 800 lots, CADRays was able to generate the electronic NTDs within 20 minutes! Through the GIS or Geographical Information System, the CARPER database can be linked to the Digital Map which is linked to the Land Classification (LC) maps provided by the DAR Central office for the province of Camarines Sur. Cadastral maps will be plotted in the Digital Map sinceCADRays has the capacity to handle huge map information similar to the Swede Survey which is no longer functional. This initiative will definitely facilitate in the projection of specific landholdings specifically for untitled land, or titled lands covered by CARPER the respective land titles of which were not yet secured by the concerned DAR field personnel. RichardrevealedthatotherAutoCAD based softwares cannot get post-sale service from the supplier and software developer once it breaks down. This was experienced by DAR Regional office as relayed to him by the CARPO for Operations. Furthermore, the other AutoCAD based softwares cannot be transferred to another computer as you have to buy a new one if you want it installed in the new unit. On the other hand, all you need is to submit an affidavit to CADian distributor or main office and make a request that you need to transfer the CADian software into another computer. CADian manufacturer then will send for free a new authorization code in order to run the software.This facilitates easy maintenance and after-sale services. Richard also reiterated that CADRays is being continuously updated and improved based on new inputs, experiences encountered, and felt need by the DAR personnel at the Survey Section in particular and the Operations Division in general, and as a direct and prompt response to the demands of DAR’s mandate to acquire and distribute lands. Bill Gates said, “Software is a great combination of artistry and engineering. When you finally get done and get to appreciate what you have done it is like a part of yourself that you’ve put together. I think a lot of the people here feel that way.” Richard said he thinks the DAR management and its IT people should also feel and act similarly. • Engr Rayos while scanning maps of landholdings at the large format scanner which will be uploaded to the computer and processed by the CADRays as database for easy retrieval. CADRays will facilitate researches digitally on Approved Survey Plans (ASPs), and Cadastral maps in order to determine the Cadastral Map Number for all the lots per landholding. ” 16 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 17
  10. 10. Epifania Garcia Bibincahan, Sorsogon City Most Oustanding ARB, 2007 Former MARO BARCChairperson ARB turned Vice-MayorDARMO, ARPT/DF DARMO, ARPT/DF Most Outstanding ARB2009 Gawad Saka Provincial Outstanding HVCC Farmer “I am very grateful for all the projects that have been poured in our area. Likewise, for all the skills I gained because of the trainings provided to me by DAR. Now, I am able to share all of these blessings to other farmers as well.” “Our family owned an almost forty hectares of agricultural land in Donsol. Since I knew that our landholdings ought to be covered by agrarian reform, I explained to my mother that we had to offer it to the DAR. However, rebel groups had learned about it. They seemed not to accept the idea of land reform. When the schedule for survey came, we were held captive at the house of the BARC Chairperson for some hours. We were thinking of our family but we can’t go home. It was the longest night. We can’t sleep because of fear. How could you sleep when your mind is troubled and the muzzles of their guns are pointed in our heads? What if it accidentally fired? On my side were two amazonas.” It’s great working for the Program. As PARCCOM Chairperson of Catanduanes since 1996, it has been an honor for me to engage with the challenges that come in the course of time in implementing CARP insofar as PARCCOM is concerned. When I was appointed in 1996, I must admit, I was met with reservations on the role I have to take therein.IwasconsoledthoughwiththesympatheticencouragementofthelateTonyDelluzawhowasthen the CARPO of BDCD. The rest is history when today I look back with pride on how we were able to sink into the real world of social justice through CARP and the PARCCOM. “When my family received the CertificateofLandownershipAward (CLOA) from DAR during its 10th year CARP Anniversary Celebration June 1998, it gave us more reasons in Curvada ARC. The CLOA covers a 1.8 hectare agricultural land formerly owned by the Eusebio State. The once cogonal lot is now planted with banana, jack fruit, mango, and coconut trees aside from the root crops that abound in the area.” “In my 17 long years in DAR, I’ve had the pleasure of working with various stakeholders, majority of whom are agrarian reform beneficiaries. In the call of duty as DF, I can still vividlyrememberoneinconceivableexperience I had early this year where I was figured in a road accident that almost threatened my life and the life of an innocent pedestrian. However everything was settled immediately and things turned out well because of my extremely helpful DAR family.The incident made me realize more that working in the DAR is indeed self-sacrificing. Despite the odds however, it never crosses my mind to falter and waive my duties as development facilitator for agrarian reform communities." “Agrarian reform really works. I can never think of any other government program as noble and as people-oriented as with this because it helps the poor farmers, which comprises a big portion of the country’s population.” “My dream of a better life for my family started when DAR awarded me the title for the piece of land we tilled for may years. My being an outstanding ARB was a result of my desire to show my appreciation to the people of DAR.” Through the years, working in the field as ARPT, has been so tough - life threatening at times and rewarding sometimes. Exposure to risks such as dog and snake bites, harassment from both the landowners and disgruntled farmers are things which I consider part of my job. Despite the challenges, I still find my work gratifying and fulfilling. The ARB-farmers whose lives have changed positively because of the lands awarded to them through CARP program serve as my trophies to work harder with commitment and dedication. “Despite all of these, living a simple life is still important for us. But of course my family is thankful to have experienced the comforts in life after years of sacrifices. We’re lucky to have been awarded land and assisted by the government through its Agrarian Reform Program.” My friend. a DAR engineer, who’s in charge of survey section, would always say with gusto, “I love DAR,” which, I would return with a jest, “Amen, amen.” Both of us would heartily belt out later a loud and crisp laughter.  Nope, we’re not in for a joke. Just a heck of saying, we’re just too happy at DAR.Then we’d get more bits of giggles, smiles and soon, laughter again. That makes us more upbeat when, shall we say, the stressors are soaring high. Well, that’s a fine way to beat THEM. Then back to work again, with a two thumbs up of my friend, as if to re-assure me once again of his branded words, “I LOVE DAR.”  This is the other side of a story, or maybe your story too, or sort of other stories out there way back then and now. Everyday.  Sometimes that paints the backdrop with checkered hues, peppered with varying tales of drama, struggles, dreams, and maybe just plain craziness on the side. In an imperfect world, we can’t always get the whole side of a coin. We’re doomed to cross from either side at certain times and intervals that often we’re not in control of.  These are stories of pains, and gains. This may be my story. This may be your story, too.  That’s where we paint CARP canvass with checkered hues, with lights and shadows. The mixed recipe of experiences that we savor in years, are built just like that. That’s destiny and fate. We can’t say stop when the going gets tough. We can only enjoy the ride or jump by Eduardo S. Villar Talesin “I was thrilled to till another 2.5 hectares. It was my biggest break. As I held the Certificate of Land Ownership Award, I caught a glimpse of a fruitful harvest” overboard. Or just be plain naïve with it. Whatever, whenever.  At the end of the road, we can only account on how we’ve become through those pains and gains, or how we’ve responded maybe. The result? Life itself.  Or, taken in that context, that’s DAR-life. My story. Your story, too.  As “CARP-apostles” in interest, we’re workers and missionaries at the same time going by the tenets of social justice mission that’s more of taking the hard-line, often unpopular trek.  Through the decades-old journey, we may have gained both a parable of Sense and Non-Sense. To which side we belong sometimes is just a matter of choice, or may be-- just maybe, we love to travel at either side, back and forth. That’s life. But then again, what makes life more meaningful is when we drop the worn-out hues altogether, and try emboldening the shadows with a mix of newer hues. Rise in every fall, my friend. That’s the gain after the pain.  The same stroke of fate and life with the DAR rests with our clients. They are our program beneficiaries (FBs, landowners, or whoever CARP meets its ends).  We may be surprised at how the program continues to touch lives here and there. Albeit, gainful tales from the waysides where CARP matters continue to inspire us through our various ups and downs in program implementation. Stories that make us say,“I love DAR.” And so, it’s worth a note, taking some inspiring thoughts, tales of checkered hues from them who are our backbones, the plot where our own DAR stories were hemmed. checkered HUES Manuel A. Magistrado Virac, Catanduanes PARCCOM Chairman Visitacion Racho Libon, Albay Adolfo Galvez Asid, Masbate City Marianita Suson Cataingan, Masbate TOBIAS Q. ARANA Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte Domingo Sazon, Jr Libon, Albay MA. ELDA N. SERRANILLA Daet & Talisay, Camarines Norte Amado M. Masarate Casiguran, Sorsogon Myrna Dimanarig Camarines Sur 18 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 19
  11. 11. “I can no longer think of any reason why we can’t improve the living condition of our farmer beneficiaries, with the various assistance that have been coming in for them”, Regional Director Maria Celestina Manlagñit-Tam enthused as she expresses gladness in taking note of the present and upcoming interventions under the Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) component of CARP. RD Tam has every reason to be in high spirits with the development occurring as far as the welfare of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) is concerned. Forone,theSecondAgrarianReformCommunities Development Projects (ARCP II) implementation in the region is doing very well as its funding could make it to a whopping one (1) billion pesos worth. The Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) had already passed the crucial stages, and been gaining momentum after turning over various common services facilities (CSFs) or farm machineries to agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) regionwide. For 2013, the national government has allocated one (1) billion pesos for crop insurance equity of the ARBs nationwide. Another one (1) billion-peso funding was likewise earmarked under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP). Agrarian Reform Infrastructures Support Projects (ARISP III) in the region still has many subprojects being implemented in the ARCs. Rural infra projects being financed under the agrarian reform fund (ARF) are also continuing. All these interventions are geared towards increasing the income of the ARBs being one of the major goals under CARPer, as further stressed by Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes when he took over the headship of DAR a couple of years back. A Booming ARCP II A total of one hundred forty two (142) subprojects, amounting to almost half a billion pesos have already been approved for implementation under ARCP II in Bicol, practically making said region the most efficient nationwide in terms of enticing the target local government units (LGUs) to fully take part in the implementation of rural infrastructures. Another half a billion persos worth of subprojects, likewise, is expected to get the nod of the National Subprojects Approval Committee (NSAC) soon. ARCP II Deputy National Project Director Herman Ongkiko acknowledged that Region V has so far been the most ‘time efficient’ in matters of fund disbursements, which is necessary to expedite construction of approved subprojects. Ongkiko lauded DAR Bicol for its performance and said he believes it has set the momentum that need to be emulated by other regions, in order to bring the benefits of the subprojects to the end users as fast as possible. ARCP II, which implementation is expected to be completed by 2014, is funded mainly thru loan assistance by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the support of the national government. It covers the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon.The approved 142 subprojects range from farmer-to-market-roads, multi-purpose buildings and post harvest facilities to social infrastructures such as school buildings, health centers, day care centers and level II potable water system. Irrigation systems will likewise be one of the subprojects to be implemented as ARCP II progresses. Support services ease life for Bicolano ARBs Eight (8) subprojects in Cam. Norte are already completed, with additional five (5) in Cam. Sur and two (2) in Sorsogon. Five (5) of these were already turned over to the recipient ARCs. In the pipeline are 55 subprojects more. Fifteen (15) of which are in Cam. Norte, 29 in Cam. Sur and 11 in Sorsogon. Breakdown of the 142 subprojects per province: Cam. Norte - 47 subprojects spread in the towns of Labo, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Basud, and Jose Panganiban; Cam. Sur - 80 subprojects in the municipalities of Sipocot, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Milaor, Ocampo, Garchitorena, Tigaon, Buhi, Baao, Bula and Pili; and Sorsogon – 15 subprojects for Castilla, Matnog, Irosin, Juban, Casiguran and Bulan towns. The noteworthy performance in ARCP II implementation in Bicol can be attributed to two major factors. One of which is the provision of support fund thru the National Government Assistance for Local Government Units or NGALGU, which covers 25 percent of the LGUs’ equity for every subproject. NGALGU basically resolved the LGUs’ problem on fund scarcity. And the other one is the close coordination that has been occurring between and among all the stakeholders especially, DAR and the concerned LGUs. The efforts being untiringly exerted by the regional and provincial project management are finally reaping its reward. ARCP II’s allocation, in all probability, can zoom up one (1) billion pesos. RD Tam cited the key role being played here by the regional subprojects approval committee (RSAC). More rural infra from ARISP III and Tulay ng Pangulo Five (5) more road subprojects under the Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) - funded ARISP III are already completed in the region. One (1) in Albay, three (3) in Camarines Norte and one (1) in Catanduanes. These are included in the 34 subprojects scheduled for implementation under ARISP III, which sites are found in eight (8) ARCs located in 10 municipalities in the covered provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Masbate. Subprojects in ARISP III include farm-to-market-roads (FMR), potable water supply, irrigation system and post harvest facilities. Implementation of these subprojects is on-going. Meanwhile, five (5) bridges measuring a total of 132 meters are likewise completed under the Tulay ng Pangulo Para sa Kaunlarang Agraryo. Two (2) of which are located in Pamplona and the two (2) others are in Pasacao, both in Camarines Sur and one (1) in Labo, Camarines Norte. Tulay ng Pangulo, which is a project being implemented in cooperation with DPWH, has 24 bridge projects in the region with the total of 658.8 meters in length. Breakdown of which per province is as follows: Albay - four (4); Camarines Norte – four (4); Camarines Sur – nine (9); Sorsogon – five (5) and Masbate – two (2). Funding Source No. of Projects Completed No. of ARCs Involved No. of Ongoing Subprojects/ For Implementation No. of ARCs Involved ARCDP-WB Phase I 38 9 Project Finished ARCDP-WB Phase II 41 16 Project Finished ARISP-JBIC Phase I 10 2 Project Finished ARISP-JBIC Phase II 28 8 Project Finished ARSP-EU 65 17 Project Finished ARCP-ADB 8 4 Project Finished SPOTS-SPAIN Phase II 54 3 Project Finished ARISP-SICA Phase III 5 4 29 7 Tulay ng Pangulo 5 5 19 19 ARCP-ADB II 15 6 127 24 by Reuben R. Loria ARCDP - Agrarian Reform Communities Development Projects WB - World Bank ARISP - Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Projects JBIC - Japan Bank for International Cooperation ARSP - Agrarian Reform Support Projects EU - European Union ARCP - Agrarian Reform Communities Projects ADB - Asian Development Bank SPOTS - Solar Power Technology Support JICA - Japan International Cooperation Agency Status of rural infrastructure projects implementation. 20 Fields Magazine
  12. 12. facilities; bio-gas digester septic tanks and rain- water collector. At least 16 municipalities in Albay, Cam. Norte, Cam. Sur and Masbate have CPWASH projects already. Found in there are the following: iron removal filters – 20; bio-sand filters – 70; rain water collector – 9 and bio-gas digester – 22. These facilities are already benefiting more than 140 households. Several CPWASH projects more are scheduled for installation in Mercedes, Cam. Norte and Garchitorena in Cam. Sur. More than 120 individuals had already been trained on CPWASH development and installation. They will take charge of the livelihood enterprise component of the project that will be centered on setting up low-cost, culturally acceptable and appropriate water sanitation technologies that can be managed and sustained by the community. DAR has found instant partners in propagating CPWASH projects in the local government officials of Ligao City, Mercedes and Canaman towns in the provinces of Albay, Cam. Norte and Cam. Sur, respectively. Said officials were so impressed with the project that they committed to allocate funding for its replication in barangays in their respective areas that need to be provided with potable water supply. Meanwhile, a diverse group of farmers or para-engineers from San Francisco Fundado LinagaCanamanIrrigatorsAssociation(SFFLCIA) have developed brilliant innovations in perfecting some features in the design of CPWASH project, specifically its iron filter and biogas facilities. CPWASH, a DAR-funded project, is being implemented thru partnership with Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS) and the LGUs. CARP funded projects At least 758 million worth of farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems and other rural infrastructure projects have been implemented in different ARCs regionwide, in coordination with DPWH and NIA. ARCCESS means business 'ARCCESS…success!' This is the catchphrase of the farmer beneficiaries whose organizations have been chosen to be recipients of CSFs provided under the ARCCESS program. Last March, the recipient ARBOs already received the farm machineries as they look forward to an increased farm production. Generally, ARCCESS aims to improve the net income of ARBs by providing strategic subsidies in form of professional business development services and revenue-generating farm machineries to ARBOs that are organizationally-mature and ready to undertake agri-enterprises. ARCCESS propels the ARBs to engage in consolidated farming utilizing CSFs, an approach that entails lesser cost of production, but of bigger volume of output. At least 60 units of various farm machineries, with the total cost of 17 million have already been turned over to 15 ARBOs, which include such equipments as 90 HP 4WD tractors with implements, combined harvesters- thresher, hand tractors with implements, corn shellers, threshers, reapers, water pumps, fiber dryers, mechanical transplanters and power tillers. These CSFs will be utilized for the production of crops and products such as rice, corn, vegetables, sugarcane, pineapple, abaca and coco coir. More CSFs will be coming in as ARCCESS is designed to benefit more ARBOs and cover more areas potential for block farming in order to establish a hub that will showcase the impact of the project. DAR V ARCCESS coordinators are now having their hands full in the bidding processes and negotiations with the institutions that will handle the Agri-Extension Services (AES) under the business development component of the program. The trainings for the ARBOs on how to operate and maintain the serviceability of the farm machineries were already completed. The Agricultural Insurance Program (AIP) & Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) More financial assistance have been coming in for the ARBs as of this date. For this year, the national government has set aside 1 billion pesos allocation for crop insurance under the agricultural insurance program (AIP) that will be jointly implemented by DAR and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). The AIP aims to enhance agricultural productivity of ARBs, mitigate agricultural losses due to pests, diseases and natural calamities, and improve access to credit. This insurance assistance covers rice and corn, high-value crops, and livestock production. It generally covers the total premium requirements of ARBs covered by ARCCESS, borrowers in APCP and other farmer beneficiaries. Trainings for ARBOs as underwriters are underway. RD Tam said that there is a need for the immediate completion of the needed requirements in order to set the program in motion in time for the start of the upcoming cropping season. APCP on the other hand is intended to provide loans for the ARBs who were not given the chance to access credit from other lending institutions. APCP aims to provide credit assistance to ARBs in order ensure sustainable production of crops and increase their income. Priority recipients will be ARBs who are settled in high LAD areas. The CPWASH One of the basic social services being provided by the Department to the ARBs is potable water system. Under this, DAR had introduced the community-managed potable water supply sanitation and hygiene or CPWASH projects. CPWASH aims to enhance ARB household’s access to safe drinking water and set up appropriate system for this by improving the water supply sanitation. CPWASH has four water sanitation techniques - the iron removal filter and bio-sand filter as water treatment ARCs as centers of development It can be noticed that interventions, basically, are being implemented in areas that are already receiving prior assistance, which are the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs). The manner is being done deliberately. The DAR management maintains that the ARCs are still and must be the growth centers for farmers. RD Tam herself believes that interventions must not be implemented too thinly.That it must be poured in to areas where development programs already exist in order to bring in substantial impact on the lives of the ARBs. As centers of development, ARCs’ positive economic effects on the neighboring areas are expected to come next. Bicol Region has already a total of 155 ARCs spread in 101 municipalities, and covers 661 barangays. I N D I C A T O R ALBAY CAM. NORTE CAM. SUR A CAM. SUR B CAT'NES MASBATE SORSOGON TOTAL No. of ARCs 29 15 21 19 20 22 29 155 No. of Municipality 18 10 16 16 11 16 15 102 No. of Barangays 176 51 73 83 106 53 122 664 LAD Scope (Working) 30,517 14,556 19,882 25,150 8,262 25,979 17,749 142,095 Area Distributed 24,222 13,941 15,866 21,215 8,215 21,066 14,279 118,804 % Accomplishment 79.37% 95.78% 79.80% 84.35% 99.43% 81.09% 80.45% 83.61% No. of ARBs 16,197 6,234 11,360 10,523 6,009 9,238 8,768 68,329 Leasehold Scope 2,889 373 2,932 933 4401 942 4,806 17,276 Contract Executed (Ha.) 1,779 338 927 748 3380 766 4,523 12,461 No. of ARBs 1,121 159 1,181 633 1,291 - 3,676 8,061 Total No. of ARBs (LAD & Leasehold) 17,318 6,393 12,541 11,156 7,300 9,238 12,444 76,390 No. of Organizations in ARCs 67 27 27 34 36 41 42 274 Total Members 10,063 1,967 5,032 3,664 3,405 5,835 4,204 34,170 Total ARBs in Organization 6,412 1,282 3,466 2,396 2,511 2,910 2,338 21,315 Total Capital Build-up (CBU) 5,685,436 1,063,561 7,556,842 8,236,367 599,592 6,533,372 3,426,895 33,102,065 Savings Mobilization 8,051,359 183,574 2,026,058 1,554,993 49,714 1,975,425 954,927 14,760,049 ARC UPDATES As of March 31, 2013 90 HP 4WD Tractor Thresher Combined harvester Corn Shellers CPWASH Project Turnover at Paulba, Ligao City with Albay PARO Miles Britanico, City Mayor Linda P. Gonzalez, RD Waying M. Tam, and BDCD Chief Luna Ante. Below are the CPWASH facilities. 22 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 23
  13. 13. Why do projects succeed? Is it because of the people? Process? Structure? Definitely, the list of criteria for one undertaking to succeed is long, and success does not happen overnight. In the agrarian reform scenario, the Department strategizes to lift the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) out of poverty, and transform them into drivers of rural economic growth. This is possibly done by providing support services to the ARBs under the Program Beneficiaries Development component. Different interventions like sound projects, both locally and foreign-funded, are being implemented with the aim of easing the ARBs’ lives. The execution of different projects entails rigorous process. So it takes tenacious people at the fore to make it possible. This picture is evident in DAR Bicol. Collaborative efforts are demonstrated and participants agree to work together to achieve a common purpose. Sharing of risks, responsibilities, resources, competencies and benefits is a common setting to complete a certain project. O ne project that DAR Bicol is proud to have gained positive feedbacks is the ARCP II implementation. It has proven its worthintermsofenticingthelocal government units (LGUs) to fully take part in the implementation of rural infrastructures, and it has so far been the most “time efficient” region in matters of fund disbursements necessary to expedite construction of approved subprojects as confirmed by ARCP II Deputy National Director Herman Ongkiko to the DAR Bicol under the stewardship of regional director Maria Celestina Manlagñit-Tam, during the Workshop on Strategic Measures at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City, February 2013. The momentum of ARCP II Implementation in Bicol Region was also attributed to two major factors. One of which is the provision of support fund thru the National Government Assistance for LGUs or NGALGU which covers 25 percent of the LGU’s equity for every subproject. NGALGU basically resolved the LGU’s problem on fund scarcity. And the other is the close coordination that occurs between and among all the stakeholders, especially DAR and concerned LGUs, which plays the key role in making the project succeed. Partnerships…transforming the dream into reality The province of Camarines Norte is the first in the country to signify and push for a policy consideration on the provision of equity for sub-projects by the Provincial Local Government Units. This  inimitable scheme is the first of its kind in the history of ARCP II implementation nationwide as confirmed by then NPCO Project Manager Director Homer P. Tobias in a conference held in Daet, Camarines Norte February of 2012. For a very long time, unlike in other five provinces in Bicol, Foreign-Assisted Projects (FAPs) in Camarines Norte have been very elusive until the advent of the Second Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP II).  Launched in November 2009, ARCP II covers the five municipalities of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Basud, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, and Labo. However, the road to the realization of ARCP II implementation in Camarines Norte was not as effortless as it were implemented in otherprovinces. Twoyearsafteritwaslaunched, the Agrarian Reform Communities Project II faces the risk of cancellation because of the difficulties encountered in Rural Infrastructure (RI) development. The RI component which accounts for 77% of the total project cost has been burdened with the inability of the LGUs to provide with the required equity contribution for the construction of and rehabilitation of farm to market roads, bridges, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, potable water systems, and other social infrastructure. The pre-termination was primarily attributed to the limitation on equity which the local government units could not afford to provide. The provision of equity by LGUs is among the requirements of ARCP II for every rural infrastructure project to be implemented in by Nilla P. Lagatuz BRIDGING DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS the agrarian reform communities. The  cost sharing ratio between the national government and local government unit depends upon the classification of municipalities as defined in the Local Government Code.   Within the existing problems and hindrances, the Provincial Local Government (PLGU) of Camarines Norte through Governor Edgardo A. Tallado and the DAR Provincial Office of Camarines Norte through then PARO Rod Realubit and now with PARO Leo Gaveria, worked out an unprecedented measure designed to ease the burden of the Municipal LGU in terms of equity provision.  In emphasizing his support to the program, Gov. Tallado even paid a personal representation to the Secretary of DAR and the Office of the President to urge for the approval of the unique scheme of ARCP II implementation in Camarines Norte The joint initiative and beneficial partnership of the  local government units in Camarines Norte and the Department of Agrarian Reform through PARO Leo Gaveria complemented the realization of a promising project for the agrarian reform beneficiaries and ARC residents when the National Project Coordinating Office finally approved the PLGU’s assumption of the equity in behalf of the MLGUs who have limitations in raising funds for the purpose. TheNPCOnoddedonthe64subprojects with a total project cost of 450 million pesos for Camarines Norte. Fifty-six of the sixty-four subprojectsamountingto450millionhaveequity provided by the PLGU through Gov. Tallado. The MLGU o f Paracale and San Lorenzo Ruiz provided the equity for the eight social infrastructure s u b p r o j e c t s completed in 2012. T h e m o m e n t u m of ARCP II implementation in Camarines Norte extends even in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Sorsogon where projects of the same foreign donor (Asian Development Bank) are being implemented. The strengthened partnership of the DAR through Camarines Sur A PARO Rodrigo Realubit and the Municipal Local Government Units has indeed complemented the realization of multimillion projects for the ARCs of Camarines Sur. These include the LGUs of Sipocot, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Milaor, Ocampo, Garchitorena, Tigaon, Buhi, Baao, Bula and Pili where ARCP II subprojects are all on-going at different levels. The dynamic force of the 11 municipal mayors has paved the way to the pooling of needed equity to mobilize the preliminary activities for the implementation of said subprojects in the ARCs. Undeniably, meaningful partnerships are the foundation for success. Because of it, DAR Bicol enables to make continuous improvements. By sharing, all stakeholders involved are able to direct their resources and capabilities to the projects they consider most important, thus, they grow and expand more quickly and efficiently. ARCProducts PARTNERS IN PROGRESS. (L-R) Former NPCO Project Manager Director Homer P. Tobias, Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo A. Tallado, PARO II Leonito M. Gaveria, and Engr. Johnny I. Enova of the Provincial Engineers Office of Camarines Norte. TOP GUNS. DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes (light blue shirt) and RD Waying Tam (at the back) together with the nine of the eleven municipal mayors of the ARCP II covered areas in Camarines Sur. THROUGH ©ayzek/123RF.COM 24 Fields FieldsMagazine Magazine 25

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