Mayor Eunice Babalcon (seated center) signs in the presence
of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones (seated
right) and Notary Public Atty. Medino Acoba (seated left)
the deed of donation for the 300 square meter lot intended
for the construction of the Samar DAR Provincial Office.
Witnessing the event are (standing from left) Provincial
Agrarian Reform Program Officer Enrique Granados III,
Paranas Vice Mayor Yolanda Tan and Regional Director Sheila
New DAR office
soon to rise after lot donation
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
September 26, 2018
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
currently situated in this city may soon be transferred to Paranas
town after the local government unit (LGU) donated recently a lot
for this purpose.
Paranas Mayor Eunice
Babalcon representing her municipality as the donor and Agrarian
Reform Secretary John Castriciones representing the DAR as the
recipient, formally signed the Deed of Donation during the latter’s
recent visit to this province for the 300-square meter lot beside
the Paranas evacuation center intended for the construction of DAR
The two officials signed
the document in the presence of Atty. Medino Acoba, a Notary Public,
and witnessed by DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso and Vice Mayor
According to Babalcon, her
municipality “is very much willing to give the property” considering
the role DAR plays in improving the quality of life of the farmers.
Before the formal signing
of the document at the Samar State University gymnasium,
Castriciones dropped by the municipality of Paranas on his way to
Catbalogan City from Tacloban City where his plane landed, per
invitation of the Mayor and for the symbolic tree planting at the
Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer II (PARPO-II) Enrique Granados III disclosed that
the Samar DAR Provincial office used to occupy one of the offices at
the provincial government center in this city until 2016.
Since the building they
were occupying was to undergo renovation, the DAR provincial office
transferred to another location.
From February 2016, they
had been renting office space. At present, they are renting at the
downtown area in this city at P140,000 a month which increases
annually, Granados added.
Regional Director Sheila
Enciso likewise shared that though Paranas is about 30 kilometers
away from Catbalogan, the government would be able to save a big
amount from rentals.
On the other hand, Spouses
Rolando and Hideliza Tomalabcad likewise donated 7,000 square meters
land intended for DAR employees home lots and dormitory. The couple
though refused to issue a statement when asked for comments.
Signing of both documents
coincided with the Secretary’s distribution of certificates of land
ownership award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
In appreciation, the
Secretary presented a plaque recognizing the donors act of goodwill.