CSOs Laud DAR for Conducting Paralegal Training

The different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) commended the initiative of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Negros Occidental 2 for conducting a three-day DAR-CSO Paralegal Training and Workshop, on September 15-17, 2016 at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

The activity which aimed to harmonize the understanding and interpretation of DAR and CSOs with regard to the administrative orders, issuances, guidelines and policies relative to the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) was participated by all CSOs and Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) assigned at the 6th District of the province.

Mr. Mike Baylon, President of Federation of Free Farmers (FFF)-Negros Occidental Chapter thanked the DAR for initiating the Paralegal training wherein he described it as “wonderful” since according to him the activity served as a proper venue to resolve different issues and concerns which usually caused misinterpretation between both parties.

He also added that for almost 10 years serving as chairman of FFF, among all government agencies only the DAR Negros Occidental 2 initiated the said training which only reflected the honest and sincere intention of the department to create a harmonious environment with all CSOs.

The Paralegal training and workshop was a result of the agreement during the series of consultative dialogues conducted last August 9 to 11, 2016 with different CSO leaders in southern portion of Negros Occidental.

The District 6 participants were the first batch to attend the said training while the second batch will be conducted on September 19-21, 2016 to be participated by CSOs and MARPOs in District 5 and the last batch will be conducted on September 21-23, 2016 to be participated by District 4 CSOs and MARPOs.

Among the participants from CSOs who attended and who will be attending the training are Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP); Damayan ng Manggagawa, Magsasaka at Mangingisda sa Bansa (DAMMMBA), Inc.; Kaisahan tungo sa Kaunlarang Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan, Inc.; Movement for Agrarian and Rural Development Democratic Association Labor of Organization (MARA-DALO); Paghida-et sa Kauswagan Development Group, Inc. (PDG); National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW); Task Force Mapalad (TFM); Alternative Center for Empowerment of Rural Poor (ACERP); Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) and Federation of Free Farmers (FFF).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Lucrecia S. Taberna wished that the said activity will be the beginning to restore the good and strong relationship between the department and CSOs.*