NorMin farm­ers push for DAR chief con­fir­ma­tion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Agroup of farm­ers in North­ern Min­danao on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 30, took to the streets to back the con­fir­ma­tion of Rafael Mar­i­ano as sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR).

The Kilu­sang Mag­bubukid ng Pilip­inas-North­ern Min­danao Re­gion (KMP-NMR) led some 300 farm­ers across the re­gion in a show of force if only to en­sure Mar­i­ano’s con­fir­ma­tion as they held a vigil in front of the DAR re­gional of­fice in Ma­can­han, Car­men, Ca­gayan de Oro City, Tues­day night.

A march rally was held the fol­low­ing day at Magsaysay Park in down­town Divi­so­ria.

“Nag­sugod among ac­tiv­ity sa vigil Martes sa gabii then march rally pagk­abun­tag sa Miy­erkules aron ipakita ang su­porta nga ma-con­firm si Mar­i­ano as DAR sec­re­tary,” Ire­neo Udarbe, KMP-NMR sec­re­tary gen­eral, told Sun.Star Ca­gayan de Oro.

Udarbe said they are ap­pre­hen­sive that Mar­i­ano would face the same fate ex­pe­ri­enced by so­cial wel­fare sec­re­tary Judy Tagui­walo when the lat­ter was ap­par­ently dropped by the Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments (CA).

Udarbe said they worry that the CA have planned to re­ject Mar­i­ano’s ap­point­ment as they learned that the CA moved the sup­posed hear­ing on Thurs­day, Au­gust 30 to Septem­ber 5.

“Nakita nato nga gusto tagakon si Mar­i­ano sa CA sa senado ngano ilang gi-post­pone ang hear­ing. Atong anal­y­sis ana pan­gi­taan nila og bikil si Mar­i­ano,” Udarbe said.

The farm­ers in the re­gion, Udarbe said, want Mar­i­ano to stay as he’s the only DAR sec­re­tary in the his­tory who had brought changes and di­rec­tion in the agency.

The farmer leader said a num­ber of farm­ers in the re­gion have re­ceived Cer­tifi­cate of Land Own­er­ship Award (CLOA) dur­ing Mar­i­ano’s lead­er­ship, adding it also the opened the gates of DAR and wel­comes the farm­ers who want their con­cerns ad­dressed.

Udarbe said the DAR sec­re­tary ini­ti­ated con­sul­ta­tions with the farm­ers so as their griev­ances are heard.

“Si Mar­i­ano ang nag-abli sa pul­ta­han sa DAR aron madung­gan ang mga mag-uuma. Daghan na­hata­gan sa CLOA. Daghan nati­gayon nga mga con­sul­ta­tion sa mga mag-uuma,” Udarbe said.

“Mas daghan pa siya mahimo kung mag­pa­bilin siya busa mag­pa­dayon ang among su­porta aron mag­pa­bilin siya nga sec­re­tary sa DAR,” Udarbe added.

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