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DAR’s Cruz administers oath of newly promoted Mimaropa employees

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A total of 61 newly appointed and promoted employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Mimaropa region recently took an oath of office before Secretary Bernie F. Cruz, through physical and virtual ceremony.

The employees will help the department in its intensified implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Cruz said the DAR has loads of programs and projects to carry out to uplift the economic lives of agrarian reform beneficiaries and the newly promoted personnel are expected to give their best in serving them.

“I challenge you to double your efforts in delivering the social justice our farmers deserve. We need to provide lands to the landless farmers, support services to make them self-reliant, and help them in their agrarian legal issues and concerns,” Cruz said.

Newly promoted Marinduque Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Anton Llanes, representing its personnel, accepted the Secretary’s challenge.

“With the newly positions entrusted to us, we have no excuses not to do our job well. On behalf of my co-workers, we will double our efforts and be there for the ARBs for the coming years,” Llanes said.

Apart from the oath-taking ceremony, the DAR-Mimaropa region also held their soft launching of a coffee table book entitled “Lawyers to the Benepisyaryo.”

Lawyers to the Benepisyaryo is based on the Agrarian Justice on Wheels (ARJOW) program of the DAR, a free legal assistance program where the DAR’s lawyers reach out to the farmer-beneficiaries and farmworkers in the countryside who are in need of legal counseling.

Mimaropa Regional Director Marvin Bernal said the coffee table book documents the activities of the lawyers in preserving the rights of the ARBs.

“This book shows our lawyers and staff holding an extensive legal clinic in the countryside despite its great distance and the limitations of movement at the height of the pandemic, to help our poor farmers,” Bernal said.