By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is working on a collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to expedite the enrollment of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to DA’s database of farmers and farm parcels.
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Office Emily Padilla said that the two agencies have agreed to “advise their respective field offices to strengthen their collaboration for the massive enrolment of the ARBs to the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA).
The registration will be done through identification, application, enrollment, and field validation, Padilla explained.
She pointed out that enrolling farmers, including the ARBs, to RSBSA will enable them to avail themselves of government assistance, such as those being offered by the Philippine Crop Insurance Assistance and the Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund.
The DA took the initiative to confer with and request the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to consider the official list of ARBs in its insurance coverage, while the system upgrading for the RSBSA is being completed, Padilla lauded.
DAR regional directors have already been instructed to be more steadfast in pursuing the RSBSA registration in their respective areas, while taking into consideration the precautionary measures against the coronavirus disease.
Padilla pointed out that the delay in the enrollment of some 1.2 million ARBs was due to the tedious process of field validation.
“It turned out that the list of ARBs that the DAR submitted to the DA is not automatically included but is still subject for field validation,” Padilla said.
She added that the RSBSA registration forms that were manually filled out by the ARBs are still being encoded.
The clients’ copies of the filled out RSBSA forms do not indicate if the enrollees are covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, she said.