By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has signed an agreement with various sectors for the adoption of a community in implementing its programs in the Negros Island Region.
DAR and the local government units (LGUs) of Bayawan, Negros Oriental, La Castellana, Negros Occidental South, non-government organizations, state universities and colleges, and the agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Negros signed the memorandum of agreement on Sunday to adopt the agrarian reform community (ARC) approach.
ARC is designed to maximize resource allocation, complementation, and mobilization for greater efficiency and impact of a program, taking into consideration the limited financial and material resources of the government.
DAR said a community could be a barangay or a cluster of contiguous barangays within a municipality where majority of the agrarian reform-covered lands have been awarded to a critical mass of ARBs.
The signatories noted that the ARC strategy applies the integrated area development approach where the ARBs and their communities are the primary focal points of development interventions.