The Department of Agrarian Reform is strengthening its ties with the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police to further reinforce their collaboration.
Sheila Enciso, DAR Region 6 director, signed a memorandum of understanding with Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, and Col. Romeo Baleros, director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, at the Resorts Negrense in Bacolod City Friday.
Enciso said DAR has always recognized the vital role of its development partners in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Since August this year, DAR Negros Occidental 2 has mobilized coordination with the army and the police, particularly in assisting issues and concerns of the agrarian reform beneficiaries, she said.
“Several conferences, seminars, and trainings have been conducted to ensure social justice and amity in the rural communities,” she added.
Through the MOU, the vision of the program, which is a just, safe and equitable society that upholds the rights of the farmer-beneficiaries to own and enhance their agricultural lands and improve their lives, can be attained, she said.
“While we cannot promise to fully accomplish land distribution and end insurgency during our tenure, while we are here, we are contributing in our own way to end these conflicts in the province,” she said.
She also encouraged DAR personnel to do their part by ensuring proper identification of farmer-beneficiaries, and to strictly implement agrarian laws.
Baleros thanked the support of the DAR in its unrelenting pursuit for the province to be insurgency-free by June 2022, that is in line with the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Arevalo, meanwhile, said the collaboration of the three agencies is an ultimate weapon, not arms or brute strength, but the truth.
“True service and truthful words will awaken the Filipino people to the lies and deception of leftist parties, and ultimately win the battle against insurgency,” he added.*
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