DAR holds dialogue with Sicogon farmers

news national 2 pix 1 november 15 2018QUEZON CITY—Farmer-representatives from the Federation of Sicogon Island Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA) in Iloilo recently sought the help of Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones in expediting the awarding of farm lots for potential beneficiaries of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

In a dialogue held at the DAR Central Office in Quezon City, Castriciones, together with his Undersecretaries Luis Meinrado Pangulayan and Karlo Bello, led the discussion with 19 FESIFA members.

Some 258 potential CARP beneficiaries of the island wants to avail of a 334-hectare land in the villages of Alipata, San Fernando and Buaya.

The awarding of lots has been delayed due to pending land cases involving the Sicogon Development Corporation (SIDECO).

To speed up the process of distributing certificates of landownership awards (CLOAs) to potential agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), Castriciones said that he will issue a directive to the DAR Regional Director in Region 6 to conduct an inventory of ARBs and identify potential ARBs in Sicogon.

“Farmers who were already issued with an Application to Purchase and Farmers' Undertaking (AFPU) should be given priority because this document would ensure that the farmers are aware of their obligation under the department’s existing program,” Castriciones said.

The AFPU is a document that binds the farmer-beneficiaries to pay for their monthly amortizations and real-estate taxes over a 30-year period. After the AFPU is signed, the CLOA shall be issued. 

Photo: DAR Secretary John Castriciones (center) with his Undersecretaries Luis Meinrado Pangulayan and Karlo Bello, led the discussion with the Federation of Sicogon Island Farmers and Fisherfolk Association (FESIFFA).

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