DAR Samar honors
GABRIEL MARK OCENAR and
July 15, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – It
does not matter where one came from, but the pureness of the heart
Olongapo City-born Albina
Palaminiano Alvarez-Valles has contributed so much in the
implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)
in the province of Samar in her capacity as the chairperson of the
Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM).
She was instrumental in
improving the quality of life of many agrarian reform beneficiaries
(ARBs) throughout the province.
Mana Nene, as she is
fondly called, was a teacher in her hometown when she took a
vacation in Catbalogan in the 50s. During her stay here, she met
Ponciano Valles, Sr., then a town councilor who later on became the
vice-mayor. Romance bloomed and the two got married, which made Mana
Nene decide to permanently settle here.
While in Catbalogan, she
got employed at the Commission on Audit. After her retirement from
government service, Mana Nene continued serving the public with her
involvement in numerous organizations.
Her membership in the
Samar People’s Economic Council Foundation, Inc. (SPECFI), led her
to PARCCOM in 2009 as the sectoral representative of non-government
organizations (NGOs). In 2011, she was appointed by President
Benigno Aquino III as chairperson of the PARCCOM of Samar, which is
tasked to coordinate and monitor the implementation of CARP
throughout the province.
Samar Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Celsa Mabutin shared that with
Chairman Valles’ diverse involvement in the provincial government’s
administration affairs, especially in the agri-development programs
and projects, the agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs)
easily became recipients of the province’s agri-development
She was able to convince
the provincial administration to include the ARBOs in their Annual
Further, Mabutin added,
Mana Nene’s strong representation in the Provincial Development
Council as the PARCCOM chair served as link to strengthen the
relationship between the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the
provincial government, wherein the latter donated a 408 square-meter
lot where DAR could construct its own provincial office.
At 87, this adopted woman
from Luzon who wore the heart of a Samarnon deserves a payback. Mana
Nene deserves the highest form of accolade from the DAR Samar family
for hers is living a life with a purpose, not a mere legacy.