Tuba, Benguet- Fifty-two (52) farmers finally received their land titles over the lands that they have tilled and fought for by their descendants for centuries during the distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in Ligay, Camp 1, Tuba, Benguet.
Former DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said the titled agricultural land has a total area of 59.6759 hectares and subdivided into 80 lots.
During the distribution, Tobias reminded the beneficiaries not to sell their titles and continue to improve the lands for the sake of their children, and grandchildren.
Nemesia Batang Dominguez, 73 years old widow, who is the eldest beneficiary and mother of nine, said that, she and her children are finally assured of their ownership over the land after 59 years of tilling the property.
She disclosed that she was born in Ligay during evacuation time (World War II) but she traces her bloodline from Kabayan, Benguet. Nevertheless, they called Ligay their home and she and her siblings started working on the soil as soon as they were able to.
“I worked full-time on the land at the age of fourteen (14). We plant mostly camote, ginger, beans and tomatoes. I still continue to do so but at a slower and lighter pace since I am now getting old,” Dominguez said.
Also present during the CLOA distribution were; Assistant Director Resty Osias, Provincial DAR Officer Robert Ampaguey, Municipal Officials, Barangay Officials and DAR personnel.