New DAR chief urges employees to help poor farmers
The newly-appointed Acting Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones has called on the officers and personnel of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to work as a team to achieve the mandate of the department, which is to help poor farmers.
“It is with great honor that I am here to be working with you as my team. I look at you as members of my family in my official capacity as the secretary and I enjoin everyone to please work with me as a team,” Castriciones said.
The new acting secretary pointed out the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte that the agency should observe and implement.
He then pointed out that DAR is mandated to help the poor farmers.
“A lot of our problems in the country have emanated with the social injustices and the most affected are the farmers,” Castriciones said, as he took note that around 70 percent of the Filipinos are still connected with agriculture.
“Farmers are victims of the long-standing injustice in our history. And because of this uneven distribution of lands, it has resulted in a lot of rebellions in the past,” he added.
Such injustice, he added, has also fueled the problem of insurgency in our country today.
Amidst the social injustices and the pressing problems that the Duterte administration and the Filipino people face, Castriciones urged the employees to move on and bring the programs and services of DAR to its clientele.