BUTUAN CITY, June 20 (PIA) – A total of 540 hectares of agricultural lands were handed-over to 310 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte during the 26th Anniversary celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) held at Brgy. Luz Village, Butuan City on June 10.
The awarding of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) was graced by DAR regional director Faisar A. Mambuay and DAR asst. regional director Daylinda Narisma, assisted by PARPO II Andre B. Atega, City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. represented by Atty. Butch Itao, Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba represented by Atty. Aquino W. Gambe and PARCCOM Chairman Greg Honteveros.
The said landholdings are from different Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in this province that include 258 hectares handed-over to 126 ARBs in Barangay Maningalao and Consorcia of Las Nieves; 33.3168 hectares to 18 ARBs in Barangays Tagbuyacan and Poblacion of Santiago; and 250.6196 hectares distributed to 166 soil tillers from Barangays Antongalon, Anticala, Salvacion and Sumile of Butuan City.
As Republic Act 9700 or the CARP Extension with Reform (CARPer) Law expires this year, the Department of Agrarian Reform in this province has intensified efforts to acquire and distribute targetted lands to complete the 4,800 hectares balance, which is remarkably the highest and challenging target in the history of LAD in this province. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)