The chairpersons of Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committees (PARCCOMs) nationwide attended the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) national conference to be updated on the new developments and latest policy issuances on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and discuss other matters involving the implementation of agrarian reform.
Dubbed “PARCCOM Leadership: Meeting the Challenges,” the event was spearheaded by the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat to strengthen the 76 PARCCOMs chairpersons nationwide, held at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City, Quezon province from March 27-30, 2023.
Atty. Kazel C. Celeste, DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office, said this conference would strengthen the PARCCOM, which plays a crucial role in the successful implementation of agrarian reform in the countryside.
“The PARCCOM is the partner of the PARC, the highest policy-making body of the CARP, at the provincial level. They are in charge of coordinating and monitoring the programs, activities, and projects implemented at the field level,” she said.
Celeste said this event would update PARCCOM chairpersons on the department’s new policies and programs and would serve as an avenue to address their issues and concerns in implementing CARP at the provincial level.
Atty. Eric Francis Luna, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II of Quezon 1 said that the event strengthened the bond they have built in the last 29 years since its creation, through the passage of Republic Act No. 6657 or the CARP Law.
Luna disclosed the PARCCOMs have performed and served well for the welfare of the agrarian reform program and its millions of beneficiaries.
“At the end of the day, I believe that government is about teamwork and partnership and we will be proving this as true by working together,” Luna added.
Atty. MacDonald M. Galit, Director IV of the PARC, said that this year’s conference is also timely in view of the change in the DAR management. PARCCOMs will be informed of the DAR’s agrarian reform agenda and priority goals for the next six (6) years.
“As a newly designated PARC Director, I assure you that I will do my best in accordance with my oath of Office to implement the objectives of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III.