Surigao del Sur
As of 2001, the total area for land reform in the province is approximately 31,194.86 hectares or equivalent to 23.43 percent of the total alienable and disposable land. Tagbina has the largest land area under the Land Reform Program covering 5,319.29 hectares or 17.05 percent of the total land reform area. Since the start of CARP implementation, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province of Surigao del Sur has distributed a total of 30,241 hectares to some 16,502 farmer-beneficiaries. Aside from the distributed lands availed by the farmers in the countryside, DAR has also intensified its leasehold operations in order to improve land tenure and the lives of the farmers under leasehold scheme. Through this scheme, farmers will be encouraged to produce more and become productive because rental is fixed and security of tenure is enforced. Another 10 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) will be added to the existing 21 ARCs. Making a total of 31 ARCs strategically located in areas where there are many beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program.
To sustain existing ARCs in the province, the following strategies are being undertaken:
- By implementing continued education and information training programs for the different people's organization/ cooperatives in the ARC;
- Strengthening and mobilizing the Barangay Agrarian Reform Communities (BARC), people's organizations/cooperatives and other working committees;
- Assisting Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs), people's organizations/cooperatives access to credit and financial support to augment income.
Encourage participation of NGO's
- In the effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all physical infra projects as well as social services for the ARC.
- In the identification of existing problems, issues, needs and concerns of the ARBs for the appropriate delivery of social services.
Establish strong coordination with line agencies
- In planning and realigning programs and projects to the ARCs
- In the delivery of social services and provision of physical infra projects
- In the implementation of all infra projects and services in the ARC
- In the effective monitoring and evaluation on the impact of CARP implementation
Generate support from concerned LGU's
- By adopting/integrating the ARC development plan into the barangay, municipal as well as provincial development plans.
- By allocating regular budget for the maintenance of all turned-over infra projects in the ARCs.
- By absorbing all planned activities in the ARCs and giving all support for the successful realization of these activities.
Meanwhile, the legal services of DAR is not only limited to helping farmers but to landowners as well. Legal counseling and opinions are provided to landowners especially those who wish to be informed on CARP. While the Dept. of Agrarian Reform has implemented the various programs and projects in the different parts of the province of Surigao del Sur, local government units have also its share in sustaining the impact of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. On land surveys particularly in the subdivision of collective CLOAs, LGUs have provided personnel to assist DAR Survey Teams in the actual subdivision surveys. In the delivery of support services, financial counterparts. Are being provided by the LGUs and are responsible in maintaining the worthiness of the projects for the continued use of the beneficiaries. In the operationalization of peoples organization and cooperatives, LGUs through their different services like agricultural extension and social welfare have extended various trainings and livelihood project assistance that will make these organizations dependent and eventually viable partners in countryside development.