The Department of Agrarian Reform Agusan del Norte has recently distributed Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) involving 1,956 hectares of agricultural land covered under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to 623 farmer-beneficiaries held at Sumile, Butuan City.
DAR Assistant Regional Director for Operation and Concurrent Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Atega, CESO V graced the occasion assisted by DAR OIC-Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Chona Maceda and Barangay Captain Andy M. Ecleo of Brgy. Sumile and other local barangay officials.
OIC-MARO Chona Maceda said that the 623 legitimate farmers and farm-workers have been tilling the land for many years since 1960. The said landholding was declared as alienable and disposable lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Barangay Captain Andy M. Ecleoof Brgy. Sumile lauded DAR for its effort in implementing DAR’s land distribution program. He is also thankful to the local government under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante for the support to further boost their economic lives.
Atega explained to the new landowners their duties and responsibilities being a CLOA holder. He further said that Agrarian Reform is not merely on land distribution but also providing support services to ensure farmer-beneficiaries will be able to make the land productive.
Farmers-beneficiaries of Barangay Sumile were also thankful to DAR for finally they have proof of ownership of the parcels of land they have been tilling.