‘Be extra careful,’ DAR chief cautions personnel after Nueva Vizcaya shooting

Published March 17, 2021, 3:40 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

All Agrarian field officials and employees were told to always be on guard after a shooting incident involving a provincial official’s vehicle took place in Nueva Vizcaya.

The vehicle of provincial Agrarian reform program officer Dindi Tan was found to have been shot at close range while parked at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) office in the province on Tuesday, March 16.

While it is considered an isolated incident, Agrarian Secretary Brother John R. Castriciones encouraged all agrarian officials and employees to continue doing their job, “but be extra careful.”

“That incident should not deter us from doing our job of emancipating small farmers from the bondage of the soil and helping uplift their economic condition,” Castriciones said in a statement on Wednesday, March 17.

While police are yet to determine the motive behind the incident, Tan suspects “that some groups may have resented the latest program of the government to include rebel-returnees among the potential beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.”

DAR is set to distribute nexr month the Certificates of Land Ownership Award to several rebel-returnees in the province.

Initial investigation showed that the unidentified gunman used a silencer and fired at the parked car before dawn Tuesday.

Security camera footage did not capture the gunman, police said, adding that he positioned himself outside the coverage of the cameras.