The Department of Agrarian Reform recently held a Capability Building Training for the Barangay Agrarian Reform Council to underscore the functions and responsibilities of council members in the implementation of the comprehensive agrarian reform, Gloria Cañoner of DAR-Negros said yesterday.
Cañonero said DAR Memorandum Circular No. 5, series of 2010 set the guidelines on Formation, Organization, Operationalization and Strengthening of BARC.
It states that DAR will provide assistance and support to the communities in organizing/reorganizing, capability building and strengthening of the committee.
BARC was created by virtue of Executive Order 229 and affirmed through RA 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988 as the mechanism for grassroots participation in the CARP implementation, she said.
Areas prioritized under these guidelines are barangays where there are landholdings included under the five year phasing of RA 9700 or CARP Extension with Reforms and land acquisition and distribution target.
BARC has a crucial role in identifying future agrarian reform beneficiaries and settling disputes resolution and mediation during agrarian conflicts.
Among the topics discussed were Principles of Agrarian Reform, Salient Features of CARPER, Agrarian Reform Situation, Zooming the Community, BARC Building Partnership and Linkaging, BARC Roles and Functions, Doing Attestation of Masterlist of ARBs, and Resolving Agrarian Reform Conflicts/Issues, she also said.
Guests lecturers were Dr. Gideon Yongque Jr. – PARO I, Teresita Mabunay – OIC CARPO for Operations-North, and Ma. Victoria Delgado – OIC MARO of Sagay and participants were barangay kagawads, former BARC chairpersons, and barangay council representatives from Negros Occidental cities and municipalities, she added.*LTG