BUTUAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) – Some 212 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Caraga region received a total of 241 Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
The CARP has three major programs: 1) Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) which gives tenurial security to landless farmers; 2) Agrarian Justie which provides for free legal services to farmers; and 3) Support Services, which provides for various support to farmers and beneficiaries enabling them to achieve a better quality of life.
DAR Caraga regional director Julita Ragandang bared that in the region, 282,226 hectares of agricultural land or 94 percent against LAD scope were already distributed and about 128,450 farmers are now landowners, giving them better opportunity to develop their lands.
Also, the department has also awarded the total of P43,495,000.00 to some 977 ARBs in the 14 ARB organizations under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP). The APCP is a joint endeavor of the DAR-Department of Agriculture (DA) and Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) where famer organizations can avail of a production loan without going through the tedious loan requirements under the regular window and at a very minimum interest per annum.
Ninety-three (93) ARBs also received a total of P1,372,172.00 amount of indemnity claims in Caraga region under the APCP in partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).
The DAR Caraga has recently celebrated its 28th year of CARP, a social justice program that started in 1988 during the presidency of the late Corazon Aquino. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)