The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently installed 148 farmers to a total of 169.9 hectares of land in the town of Hinigaran in Negros Occidental.
Hinigaran Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Zenaida Montalvo said 103 farmers were installed in the 138.3-hectare landholdings formerly owned by Juan Ysasi in Barangay Palayog, while 45 farmers were in the 31.6-hectare property of previously owner Margarita Yulo-Gonzaga in Barangay Pilar.
Newly-installed farmer-beneficiary Leonardo Asdallo, from Barangay Pilar, said he considered the land awarded to them as the most important Christmas gift he ever received.
“This gift does not only benefit me but the next generation of my family. The certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) I received is the tangible proof that the government has awarded me this land,” Asdallo said.
Domingo Gatmaitan, Montalvo’s fellow MARPO in Hinigaran, reminded the beneficiaries that they should not throw away this chance of cultivating their own land. “Pay your amortizations and other obligations religiously to avoid bank’s foreclosure of the properties,” he added.
Gatmaitan also informed the farmer-beneficiaries about the DAR’s Agrarian Productivity Credit Program. “You can avail of loan support for your farms’ needs such as cultivation and production of various crops, which you can pay after harvest time,” Gatmaitan said.
The installation ceremony was witnessed by the Provincial Task Force on Installation, Social Action Center, Kaisahan, PNP-Hinigaran, and other Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)-stakeholders.