LandBank conducts training on assessment of CARP lands

The Land Bank of the Philippines-Agrarian Operations Center (LBP-AOC) in Eastern Visayas recently conducted an orientation workshop in the region to prepare the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for its new tasks on land assessment.

LandBank said the workshop also sought to help DAR personnel determine the necessary data for the appraisal of landholdings covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Attending the workshops with the LBP-AOC are Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officers (MARPOs) and the Geodetic Engineers (GEs) who will be doing field investigations and conducting land valuation as part of the new mandate.

DAR Assistant Regional Director for Operations Renato Badilla said DAR wants to be proactive, explaining the need to prepare the field personnel of the agency this early.

Originally, Field Investigation Report (FIR) forms are filled out by a certified appraiser from the LBP-AOC during joint field investigations.

However, a new role of the DAR is stipulated under the new policy recently issued by the DAR through Administrative Order No. 01, Series of 2022 entitled “Amendment to DAR Administrative Order No. 01, Series of 2020, Entitled Guidelines Simplifying the Land Acquisition and Distribution Process on CARP-covered Private Agricultural Lands.”

“The intertwined role of DAR and LBP in the accomplishment of mandated targets for land acquisition and distribution has always been crucial,” he said.

Newly acquired learnings from this orientation workshop will enhance the capabilities of DAR field personnel in the successful conduct of the field investigation.

LBP-AOC Manager Fiel Pedrosa said because of the newly issued DAR policy, the FIR will now be the DAR’s responsibility, while LBP will focus on the computation of the land valuation.

Pedrosa said other participants include Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers II, Chiefs of the different Land Tenure Improvement Divisions (LTID), selected MARPOs, GEs, and claim folders, and processors.

“Land Bank’s computation of land valuation will be based on what you have inputted in the FIR,” he said.

For a better understanding and appreciation of the lectures, the participants, accompanied by the LBP certified appraiser and resource person, Engr. Clodualdo Marcellana, went to Barangay San Diego in Alangalang, Leyte for the actual conduct of field investigation in a CARP-covered landholding.

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