DINALUPIHAN, Bataan – Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Engr. Eric San Luis of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Bataan assured farmer leaders in the province during a dialogue here of their dedication in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the province.
San Luis pointed out that some CARP cases are moving slowly due to their strict adherence to legal procedures. “We have to follow the procedures set by law”, he stressed to farmers.
He also said that DAR Bataan is extending full support to the farmers in the province. He added empowering women is also their thrust.
Bataan ranks No. 1 in the country in the implementation of Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program of the DAR. Under the program, complete sets of agricultural production equipment are provided for free to agrarian reform cooperatives. The Bicol Binukawan Marketing Cooperative and the Dinalupihan Multi-Purpose Cooperative were already given each set of equipment and are now currently servicing agrarian reform communities in Bagac and Dinalupihan, respectively.
San Luis also pointed out in the dialogue that in resolving conflicts, they as much as possible get the sides of all concerned. “We are respecting the right of everyone”, he pointed out. He likewise challenged the farmers to come up with evidence when accusing DAR employees of illegal acts or wrong doings. “We have to do everything the legal way”, said San Luis in responding to farmers in the dialogue. The PARO also lamented the presence of agaw-lupa syndicates and opportunistic people who somehow derail the implementation of CARP.