Quisumbing Farmers’ Cooperative And The Implementation Of Agrarian Reform (1988-1998)

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to reconstruct the history of the collaboration of the government organizations, non-government organization and peoples’ organization in the implementation of agrarian reform in the Quisumbing Farmland Consolidated Project from 1988-1998. It focused on the roles performed by government organizations, non-government organization and peoples’ organization and identified the achievement in the areas of land tenure improvement, social infrastructure building and strengthening, agricultural productivity and farm income improvement. It also identified the problems encountered by the program implementers and beneficiaries.

The researcher used historical method in the study. Archival research and oral history interviews were conducted to corroborate the primary and secondary sources which were gathered by the researcher.

Findings revealed that government and non-government and people’s organizations undertook numerous roles in land tenure improvement, social infrastructure building and strengthening and in agricultural productivity and farm income improvement. The study also revealed that land tenure improvement was achieved through the distribution of certificate of land ownerships awards and construction of several physical infrastructure development and post-harvest facilities. Trainings on cooperative formation and sustainable agriculture were also received by the agrarian reform beneficiaries. The study further revealed processing for land title, survey and registration was slow, agricultural productivity was low and kept the farmers debt-ridden during the period.

Recommendation include the formulation of mechanisms to fast track land survey, land title application and registration. Further, orientation and value formation of the beneficiaries is needed. Government support for farmers to increase productivity along with guidelines in monitoring and evaluation is also recommended.

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