MANILA - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has started distributing the land titles in Hacienda Luisita.
In a press conference, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: “The Department of Agrarian Reform has started distributing (land) titles of Hacienda Luisita. Today, almost 600 farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Pando were awarded their Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) and there was a short ceremony today.”
According to DAR legal affairs Undersecretary Anthony Parungao, as of September 25, 2013, the CLOAs of around 5,800 qualified farmers who had signed and filed their Application to Purchase and Farmers Undertaking (APFU) were already generated by DAR and registered with the Register of Deeds.
As of September 25, 2013, only 296 Farmworker beneficiaries (FWBs) have yet to claim their Lot Allocation Certificates (LAC), and some 377 FWBs have yet to sign and file their APFUs.
He said beneficiaries have to pay for amortizations for their lands for a period of 30 years.
The Land Bank of the Philippines will hold duplicate copies of the CLOAs, he said. He reiterated that the certified true copies will be with the farmers.
The distribution of CLOAs will begin in Barangay Pando on September 30, to be followed by Barangay Motrico on October 1, and Barangay Lourdes the following day.
Distribution resumes on October 8 at Parang, then Mabilog (October 9) and Bantog (October 10). The following week, DAR will distribute CLOAs in the four remaining barangays: Cutcut (October 15), Asturias (October 16), Balete (October 17), and Mapalacsiao (October 18).