MANILA – To help resolve their problems, issues, and concerns involving agrarian reform, the Department of Agrarian Reform has provided a total of 70 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) and other farmers with free legal advice and assistance.

In a press release on Tuesday, the DAR said its legal team went directly to Camiguin province to help farmers, as well as ARB organizations, resolve legal challenges they are currently facing.

“Legal problems could affect our ARB’s productivity. This activity would provide hope and encourage the ARBs to continue making their farms productive,” said Camiguin Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Fatima Aniqa Macarambon-Tomawis.

She said this legal assistance is in line with Secretary Conrado Estrella III’s goal to bring the government closer to the people and make the ARBs feel that the DAR is “always ready and willing to help them by effectively addressing their concerns."

Meanwhile, to help DAR Camiguin abreast with the latest department issuances and jurisprudence, a series of lectures were also conducted for its employees in the province.

“It is a must that our employees are equipped with sufficient knowledge and guidance, especially concerning land application requirements and interpretation of legal concepts and theories, and clear understanding of issued administrative orders,” Macarambon-Tomawis said.

DAR’s “Agraryong Abogado Todo Serbisyo Para sa Benepisyaryo” intends to have the DAR legal team go directly to the rural areas to gather ARBs in a designated place to provide free legal clinique, counseling, and legal advice to help them with their legal cases. (PNA)