CASIGURAN, SORSOGON – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) handed to 20 agrarian reform beneficiaries certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) covering packets of landholdings in this town last February 6, 2018.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Samuel Ongcal said the farmlands distributed have a combined area of 35.0369 hectares.
They were owned by five (5) former landowners in barangays of Inlagadian, San Pascual, Tiris, and San Juan.
“Now that you are the owner of these land, your main obligation is to develop these farmlands for your own future. And don’t forget to pay your amortizations and taxes,” Ongcal said.
Since the start of 2018, DAR has already facilitated a number of CLOA distributions benefiting thousands of farmers nationwide.
DAR’s move is in line with the thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to emancipate the poor farmers in the country from landlessness and poverty.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Mariam Jamoralin, on her part, reminded the farmer-beneficiaries that they are not alone in developing their newly-acquired properties.
“The DAR will be your ally in fulfilling your dreams of having bountiful harvests. But it is important that you join existing ARB organizations in your area because they serve as conduit for DAR’a projects and programs to reach you faster,” she said.
CLOA recipient Emmanuel Haloc said the piece of land would be his ladder in attaining a better future for him and his family.
“I would like to thank the DAR and the administration of President Duterte for giving me this land which I have been dreaming for,” Haloc said.
Another farmer-beneficiary Eddie dela Cruz said that now that he is a landowner, he would make it more productive and would take good care of it.
The local government of Casiguran, on the other hand, expressed its full support to the programs of DAR for the welfare of the ARBs.
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