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By JOSE ALSMITH SORIA (PIA Southern Leyte)
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 Budget Officer-1.

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 Marcos regime.

His recent 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.