The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently started the re-validation process of the beneficiaries of the National Guthrie Plantations Incorporated (NGPI) and the National Guthrie Estates Incorporated (NGEI) lands located in Rosario and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

DAR Field Operations Office Undersecretary Jose Z. Grageda said that on the first day of the validation process, a total of 136 farmers were interviewed, 95 are from the 1988 original list while 41 are found to be potential beneficiaries.

"We are 66% higher than our expected target of 90 farmers to be interviewed per day", Grageda said.

Regional Director Julita A. Ragandang said that even those that are not in 1988 list will be interviewed for as long the farmer can present proof of identity and proof of relationship with the company and the agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB)-cooperatives.

Ragandang said the re-validation process is DARs initial step towards resolving the various issues confronting the area and its beneficiaries.

"The qualification of the agrarian reform beneficiaries is a long process but we are doing all our best to speed up and finish this endeavor the soonest", Ragandang said.

She said that with the pace of the interview, the office hopes to complete the interview of the 1988 farmer beneficiaries and other potential ARBs by the end of June 2016.

"This will pave the DAR to proceed to the next step of the validation process", Ragandang added.

The entire re-documentation process aims to segregate the lands not eligible for coverage from 7,927 hectares of lands leased by the NGPI and NGEI and turned-over by the National Development Corporation, which was covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and was distributed in 1988.

Source: The Philippine Information Agency