THE top official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Western Visayas has urged the DAR-Negros Occidental II to intensify the provision of support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the southern portion of the province.

DAR-Western Visayas Director Atty. Sheila Enciso, who spoke at the Operational Planning Workshop of the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) of DAR-Negros Occidental II at the O Hotel in Bacolod City Tuesday, December 1, said the agency must continue to provide strategies and interventions to agrarian reform communities to help the farmer-members uplift the quality of their lives.

"Among other government agencies, I believe that the DAR has the most support services that we can provide particularly under the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development and Sustainability Program (ARBDSP) thus, we must maximize these bundles of assistance and make these as instruments to create impact to the lives of our beneficiaries," she said.

The support services include hard and soft components under the four major activities of ARBDSP.

These activities include supervision and management for effective delivery of support services, social infrastructure building, climate resilient farm productivity support and enterprise development, and economic and physical infrastructure support.

Enciso also appealed to the personnel to extend full support to the agency's Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (Split) project which will be fully implemented next year.

"Please be reminded that the Slit project does not solely involve the subdivision of collective certificates of land ownership awards (Cloas) to individual titles," she said, adding that the ARBDSP is one of the major final outputs of the agency playing a crucial role in this project implementation.

The regional director also directed the employees to strengthen the Land Tenure Improvement-Program Beneficiaries Development Integration (LTI-PBD) in order to capacitate the beneficiaries of the Split project.

For his part, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Enrique Paderes said PBD Division of DAR-Negros Occidental has already strengthened its strategies and mandates.

Paderes said the division is now ready to face the challenges of 2021 particularly in terms of project implementation in parcelization of titles.

"During the workshop, we have identified our strengths and weaknesses and as a result, we have come up with our specific approaches geared towards the development of ARBs and their organizations as well as the sustainability of our projects," he added.