Southern Leyte PARO
gets appointment from PGMA
By JOSE ALSMITH SORIA (PIA Southern
March 31, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY –
After performing the task of a Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO-II)
in an officer in-charge capacity for seven years, Mr. Venerio Yap
finally got his appointment from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Yap, PARO-II of
Southern Leyte, was surprised when Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser
Pangandaman announced the new presidential appointees from the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) during an agency assessment in
Cebu City on March 11.
Pangandaman in the
same occasion officiated the taking of oath of office of the newly
appointed DAR officials.
PARO Yap, 62, joined
DAR on January 5, 1973 as a Junior Statistician assigned in St.
Bernard, Southern Leyte. He was promoted to Examiner-I, then later to
During the DAR
re-organization in 1989, Yap was appointed Chief Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (CARPO) for the Administrative Division at the DAR
Provincial Office of Leyte.
In 2003, he was
designated as PARO-II for Biliran. Then, in July 2009 he was
transferred to Southern Leyte and was instrumental in this province
accomplishment of 478 percent of its target in land acquisition and
distribution last year.
According to Yap, his
most memorable experience in his 37 years in
DAR was when he and several other co-employees were imprisoned
in 1973 when a landowner complained after they covered the latter’s
property under the operation land transfer (OLT) program during the
appointment will inspire him more to complete the liberation of
agricultural tenants and farm workers in this province from the
bondage of the soil under R.A. 9700 or the amended Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and fulfill the promise of a better
quality of life.