November 29, 2023

DAR officials, staff vow support for Castriciones senatorial bid

Secretary Bernie Cruz of Department of AGrarian Reform (DAR) assured that department officials and staff still support former DAR Sec. John R. Castriciones in his run as senator under the PDP-LABAN the Party of President Duterte’s administration.

Cruz said as former DAR Secretary, DAR officials and staff still support Castriciones in his run as senator.
In a telephone interview, Cruz said that during Castriciones ‘five (5) year tenure as DAR Secretary, Castriciones’ achievements in advancing the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) or the free distribution of President Duterte’s administration cannot be discounted. of land to farmers.

“Ang kanyang karanasan (John Castriciones) sa public service ay malaking ambag para maisulong ang mga programa ng pamahalaan sa kanayunan” Cruz said.

The DAR chief said Castriciones programs promoted with the DAR include the farm-to-market road, Oplan Zero backlog resolving farmers’ land cases, Urban Farming Garden and the DAR’s DAR-to-Door program of delivering the title of land in farmers ’houses to deliver government service for farmers.

“Sa limang taon (5) nya bilang DAR SEcretary (John Castriciones) hindi matatawaran ang programa na kanyang nagawa sa departamento upang maisulong ang Comprehensive Agrarian REform Program(CARP) ng pamahalaan” Cruz said.

Earlier, pro-Dutete volunteer group Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) spokesperson of the group, Atty. Diosdado Padilla is the senatorial slate of PDP-Laban whose party supports the slate which includes Presidential Legal counsel Salvador Panelo, Deputy Speaker and Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, former Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chair. Greco Belgica, former actor Robin Pailla, Broadcaster Rey Langit and former Energy Undersecretary Astra Pimentel.

But the slate does not contain the name of former DAR Sec. John Castriciones that the group supports the former DAR Secretary.

Cruz added that DAR officials and staff supported Castriciones’ candidacy as Senator under PDP-LABAN and that the former secretary could do much to advance the government’s programs for argaryo reform for farmers.