DAR-ARMM holds agrarian caucus in Basilan province PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:38

The Department of Agrarian Reform in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM) has started consulting peasant groups on essential interventions in support of the normalization component of Malacañang’s southern peace process.

Amihilda Sangcopan, regional secretary of DAR-ARMM, on Tuesday said their first dialogue with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the autonomous region was held last week in Basilan.

The event involved Yakan, Tausog and non-Muslim communities, she said.

The DAR-ARMM’s effort to reach out to ARBs is part of the preparations for a regional agrarian reform conclave tentatively scheduled in June 2015.

The Basilan dialogue delved on issues regarding the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the island province.

Basilan once had vast tracts of rubber plantations owned by multinational outfits that were eventually subdivided and dispersed to laborers based on CARP mandate.

“The (Basilan) conference was an initiative of the ARMM regional leadership and was our initial stride towards the upcoming regional ARB congress,” Sangcopan said.

The gathering was attended by key provincial and regional officials, among them Assistant Secretary Juni Ilimin of the ARMM’s Department of Interior and Local Government.

Ilimin, who hails from Basilan, had called on ARBs to cooperate in ensuring the efficiency of the agricultural cooperatives where they belong, operating under CARP guidance.

Sangcopan and Ilimin had both urged participants to the dialogue to work closely with the ARMM’s Cooperatives Development Authority, whose administrator, Dimnatang Radia, was also present in the two-day Basilan meeting.

Anak Mindanao Partylist Rep. Ariel Hernandez also talked about the importance of cooperatives and the socio-economic intricacies of the CARP during the event.

Besides Basilan, the ARMM also covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in mainland Mindanao and the island provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:39