Silva (back to camera), President of the Sumangga United
Farmers Association (SUFA), shows to Regional Director
Sheila Enciso (right) and Assistant Regional Director Ma. Fe
Malinao of the Department of Agrarian Reform their mushroom
now live a better life
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
May 8, 2019
ORMOC CITY –
Regional Director Sheila Enciso of the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) was amazed how the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), the
DAR installed into their awarded lots in recent years, have improved
their quality of lives.
Last week, Enciso,
accompanied by Assistant Regional Director for Administration and
Land Tenure Security Program, Ma. Fe Malinao together with the
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers of Ormoc and Tacloban,
and Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Tomas Martinez, visited
seven ARB organizations who were installed into their awarded lots
under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) from 2016 to
2018 in different areas here and in adjacent Kananga town with the
help of KAISAHAN, a non-government organization.
She was surprised to see
the big difference in the ARBs faces and stories they tell before
and at present.
These ARBs received their
certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) many years ago, but
struggled for 16 to 20 years before they were able to take
possession of the awarded lots either due to strong resistance from
the previous landowners or conflict between two contending groups of
Enciso was happy to see
these farmers, who once stared fiercely due to frustrations, now
smiling and full of inspiring stories to tell, because aside from
the support services extended by DAR, they also get assistance from
other government agencies.
In Barangay Sumangga,
Pablo Silva, 56, president of the Sumangga United Farmers
Association (SUFA), installed in 2016, showed to Enciso their
livelihood project, a mushroom production they started in December
last year through the assistance extended by the Department of
Science and Technology (DOST).
Silva disclosed that
mushroom production is one of their sources of livelihood now.
Mushroom grows fast and are sold at P300 for every kilo, Silva
He added that in a day
they could harvest nine kilos.
In Barangay Dolores,
Benedicto Taneo, president of the Dolores Farmers Association (DOLFA),
brought Enciso to their demo farm and shared that they will soon be
graduating from the Farmer Field School (FFS) facilitated by the
City Agriculturist’s Office.
He disclosed that after
FFS, they will be venturing in upland rice (locally known as
calinayan) production and marketing.
In Barangay Salvacion,
Bienvenido Matuguina shared that he invested part of his income,
derived from the sugarland awarded to him, in calamansi production.
At present, he has more than 100 calamnsi-bearing trees planted in
He also disclosed that
their organization, the Salvacion Farmers Association, has likewise
300 calamansi trees planted in preparation for the calamansi
processing project they are planning to venture once the project
proposal they submitted to DOST is approved.
In Barangay Sabang Bao,
Enciso was caught by surprise when the ARBs, who were installed in
April last year, were already harvesting rice in their awarded lots
when she arrived; while in Barangay Montebello, the ARBs were
peacefully preparing their once contested land to be planted with
Meanwhile, Arnulfo Perez
whom we had interviewed two years ago, proudly announced that he is
now the president of their organization, the Valencia Small Farmers
In the afternoon of the
same day, all concerned ARBs gathered in Barangay Montebello for a
dialogue with Enciso.
During the said occasion,
Enciso expressed her happiness upon seeing them living an improved
quality of life as envisioned under CARP.
She likewise reminded the
ARBs to continue keeping the land productive. Further, she
encouraged those who have children entering college this coming
school year to avail of the DAR Scholarship Program for the
Dependents of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (DSP-DARBs), a new
assistance program extended by the agency to its ARBs.