DAR Completes Hacienda Luisita Distribution

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dar web news pix 1 oct. 21 2013 400“The land in Luisita is now theirs,” DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes declared last friday, as the Department successfully completed the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Mapalacsiao in Hacienda Luisita.
It is the last of the ten barangays in the Luisita estate to receive their CLOAs in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling. This was done on schedule, and despite the damage caused by Typhoon Santi to the area, including many of the barangay covered courts where the CLOA distribution activities were previously held.

Some 663 of 745 farmer beneficiaries (FWBs) received certified true copies of their CLOAs in simple proceedings held at grounds of the barangay hall of Barangay Mapalacsiao.

Data from DAR show that a total of 5,718 CLOAs were distributed to FWBs out of a total of 6,189 ready for distribution, or 92.39% of the CLOAs registered to date. CLOAs of other FWBs are still being registered with the Registry of Deeds or are still not generated pending the signing by some FWBs of their Application to Purchase and Farmers Undertaking.

De los Reyes said that the these figures are going up as FWBs who were not able to receive their CLOAs during the scheduled distribution activities in the barangays have actually been going to the DAR provincial office to get their certified true copies.
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He said that following the distribution of certified true copies of the CLOAs, the DAR is preparing to install the FWBs in their lots. “We will be installing them in their lots as we progress with the ‘monumenting’,” de los Reyes said.

He explained that it is quite impossible to do this at this time when many of the lots are still planted with sugarcane, but assured the FWBs that this will be done when harvesting starts this month so that they will be able clear the area where the ‘mohons’ will be placed.

De los Reyes also assured the farmer-beneficiaries of the DAR’s continuing support, saying that even now the Department is engaged in testing and determining soil samples to be used as the definitive reference in the customized interventions and menu of support services to be offered to the FWBs, in recognition of the kinds of crops the FWBs may want to plant.

The DAR began the distribution of CLOAs on September 30 in Barangay. Pando. In the subsequent weeks, it distributed certified true copies of CLOAs to FWBs in Barangays Motrico, Lourdes, Parang, Mabilog, Bantug, Cutcut, Asturias, Balete, and Mapalacsiao.