TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A total of 745 farmer-beneficiaries were awarded Certificates of Landownership Awards (CLOAs) in Tabuk City, Kalinga, last April 12.
The agricultural lands are located in the Municipalities of Balbalan, Lubuagan, Pasil, Pinukpuk, Rizal, Tabuk, and Tinglayan, in this Province.
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Rualo Castiriciones who led the CLOA Distribution said that the issuance of titles shows that the government recognizes the role of farmers as true heroes of the country.
Castriciones also expounded that farmers have always been the victims of social injustice, but the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wanted vowed to uplift their situation.
“Where before they were left out by the government, the President will do its best to make them feel loved by providing the needed production loans, farm machineries, seeds, irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and other support services that would enhance their economic activities that would ultimately integrate their economic well-being into the mainstream of society,” he said.
The Secretary likewise disclosed that poverty is the culprit for the persistent attraction of peasants to other ideologies.
The distribution was also graced by Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of Field Operations Office (FOO) who apologized to the beneficiaries for the long wait prior to CLOA distribution.
The delays, Bello pointed out, were due to the long processes of land titling.
DAR, he added, is doing its best to issue titles to actual tillers to give them absolute control over their basic resource and in the process propel progress in the countryside.
The event was also joined by the top officials of the province led by Congressman Jesse Mangaoang.
The congressman expressed belief on the stern leadership of President Duterte and trust that the agrarian reform program of the government will have a better chance with his political will to bring about change in the lives of ordinary Filipinos.
The President’s political will, he added, does not just abide with the law to give each farmer his fair share but also the delivery of agrarian justice even if it means wrestling it out against the elite and influential landowners.
The congressman also expressed full support to the farmers in the area.
Other top DAR officials present during the distribution include Undersecretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong whom the Cordillerans consider as one of their own; Undersecretary David Erro, Undersecretary Luis Meinrado C. Pangulayan, Land Registration Authority (LRA) Administrator Renato D. Bermejo; Vice Governor James Adubba; Provincial Board Members Frederick Pangsiw and Anthony Sakai of Tabuk City; and Mayor Ferdinand Tubban of Tabuk City, Kalinga.
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