DAR installs 96% of farmworker beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita

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05232014 pix 1 HDA 9139The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has already installed 5,990 farmer-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita or 96.43 percent of 6,212 individuals who were awarded with lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Ileona Pangilinan said that with the remaining 222 farmers-beneficiaries left to be installed, it’s possible for the DAR to install all the farmer-beneficiaries before the end of the month.

05232014 pix 2 HDA 9159“Unless there are no outside forces to hinder our activities, we will be finished before June. Almost all of the CARP-awarded lots were already placed with boundary markers or mujons,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said some of the lands have still standing crops and would be harvested soon so that the Department would be able to put mujons in the property and install the remaining farmer-beneficiaries.

Aside from awarding land to the farmer-beneficiaries, the DAR also offers them support services such as provision of credit facilities, farm machinery and training programs to increase the productivity of their newly-acquired lands.

Newly installed farmer-beneficiary Pedro Aguilar Jr. from Barangay Pando said that the DAR is already inviting him to attend seminars and workshops.

“I can’t wait to cultivate my land. I am much more excited when the DAR said that I should attend seminars they conduct to empower us,” Aguilar said.