QUEZON CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently established Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office (DARPO) in Malita, Davao Occidental through Administrative Order No. 01, Series of 2018.
Secretary Atty. John R. Castriciones said the creation is pursuant to Section 13, Article 4 of Republic Act No. 10360, entitled “An Act Creating the Province of Davao Occidental,” Section 45 of Republic Act No. 6657 or the “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)” as amended by Republic Act No. 9700 entitled “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER),” and Section 25 of Executive Order No. 129-A entitled “Reorganizing and Strengthening the Department of Agrarian Reform,”.
Castriciones said the Regional Director, DAR-Region XI shall be responsible for the direct supervision and management of DARPO-Davao Occidental. He shall likewise ensure a smooth and efficient transfer of records, personnel, properties and other accountabilities for the operationalization of the DARPO at Malita, Province of Davao Occidental.
He said the DARPO shall be headed by the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II or a designated qualified civil servant and shall directly supervise and manage the delivery of agrarian reform related services to the constituents of the Province.
Catriciones added the DARPO shall consists of the Provincial Program Beneficiaries Development Division, Land Tenure Improvement Division, Legal Division, Support to Operations Division and Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Offices (MARPO).
He cited that the funding required to support the daily operations of the DARPO-Davao Occidental shall be sourced from the DARPO-Davao del Sur funds starting from the effectivity of this Order until a separate budget for the province is approved. The DAR Central Office and DAR-Region Region XI may augment the funds for this purpose subject to the existing budget, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
Castriciones clarified that Administrative Order takes effect ten (10) days after its publication in a newspaper of national circulation and after acknowledgment of its receipt by the Office of the National Administrative Registry (ONAR).