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PRRD awards land titles to 2,314 Iloilo farmers, turns over support services

news reg 1 pix 1 june 21 2018.jpegCABATUAN, Iloilo—The years of waiting is already over for 2,314 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) as they received their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, June 20 in a distribution ceremony held at the Cabatuan multi-purpose gymnasium.

Duterte, together with Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. distributed 3,772 CLOAs covering a total area of 2,694 hectares of agricultural lands.

“Thank God for CARP (comprehensive agrarian reform program), for making this land finally ours! We also thank President Duterte for speeding up the process,” said Eduardo Venus, a farmer from Capiz.

“But it’s not only land, DAR also provided us with farm implements and trainings to increase our yield and income,” added farmer Venus.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the biggest number of CLOAs was distributed to 900 beneficiaries from the northern part of Negros Occidental with 1,775 certificates.

“The President also distributed 938 CLOAs to 556 beneficiaries from the southern part of Negros Occidental; 440 CLOAs to 367 beneficiaries from Capiz; 301 CLOAs to 221 beneficiaries from Iloilo province; 186 CLOAs to 158 beneficiaries from Guimaras; 76 CLOAs for 63 ARBs; and 56 CLOAs to 49 beneficiaries,” Castriciones said.news reg 1 pix 2 june 21 2018.jpeg

Land reform in Boracay

“I will continue to implement land reform,” said the President in his speech in front to more than 2,000 farmers.

“If validated as agricultural land ‘yan, ipamahagi ko yang mga lupa sa Boracay to qualified and deserving farmers,” Duterte added.

He said it is the problem of Secretary Emanuel Pinol of Department of Agriculture (DA) to determine if the land is arable.

“Sabi nila the land is not suited for agriculture, wala akong paki. It’s the problem of the DA, not mine. If it is arable then good. Bahala si Pinol diyan,” he said.

Duterte also appealed to his critics to allow the government to clean Boracay as he will return the island to its legitimate owner.

news reg 1 pix 3 june 21 2018.jpegHe also said that the whole island is a forestall-agriculture area, thus, it was never meant to be a commercial and residential area.

Provision of support services

A few hours prior to the arrival of the President, Castriciones led the ceremonial turnover of five farm-to-market roads to agrarian reform communities in Iloilo towns.

These are the concreting of Barangay San Andres to Barangay San Florentino FMR with a bridge amounting to P66.26 million in San Rafael; P52.52 million concreting of junction Barangay Agba-o - Tapacon- Inamyungan and Guinhulacan FMR with bridge in Bingawan; P34.12 concreting of Sitio Nagpana to Sitio Proper Libata to Barangay San Geronimo FMR in Barotac Viejo; PHP26 million concreting of Barangay Pulao to Sitio Burol, Barangay Sulangan FMR in Dumangas; and the PHP58 million concreting of the junction of the national road to Agsirbar to Bagongbong to Barangay Caguisanan FMR in Lambunao.news reg 1 pix 4 june 21 2018.jpeg

Under the DAR’s Client Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project, agrarian reform communities in Iloilo and Capiz also received four heavy-duty farm tractors and one rice harvester.

“We want to uplift their economic lives by increasing their agricultural production and household income. That’s why these farm inputs are being provided to enhance the support systems of our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs),” Castriciones said. 

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DAR distributes 240 land titles, turns over service facilities to Capiz farmers

news reg 1 pix 1 may 9 2018ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Celsa Duron, 56, a mother of five, farmer and a resident of Binuntucan, Pontevedra town never thought of owning a land.

“Sadto, hunahuna ko nga ang mga duta ila lang sa mga manggaranon (I thought before that lands are only for the rich),” Duron admitted when she was asked to speak during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in Roxas City, Capiz on Tuesday, May 8.

Now, she said that poor farmers can own the land they till through the program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

“Salamat DAR, salamat President Duterte (Thank you DAR, thank you President Duterte),” Duron exclaimed as she ended her message.

A total of 157.0374 hectares of lands divided into 240 CLOAs were formally handed over to 154 agrarian reform beneficiaries in a ceremony held in Roxas City on Tuesday.

Based on a data provided by DAR Region VI, a total of 97 farmers from the town of Pontevedra received their CLOAs during the ceremony; 3 from the town of Panay; 9 from Panitan; 33 from Sigma; and 12 from Dao.news reg 1 pix 2 may 9 2018

DAR Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of Field Operations Office (FOO) led the distribution activity who thanked the officers and personnel of DAR Capiz for the accomplishments they achieved.

Bello was joined by DAR Region VI Director Atty. Eugene Follante, DAR Region IV-B Director Stephen Leonidas, Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) Director Leomides Villareal, Capiz PARPO II Felix Servidad, Dir. Leandro Caymo of the Bureau of Land Tenure Improvement (BLTI), Asst. Director Joey Sumatra of BLTI and DAR Region VI Asst. Dir. Gideon Umadjay, Jr.

“I’m happy that you are now owners of the land you till for years,” Bello said as he also told the ARBs that President Duterte has mandated DAR to look for more lands that can be distributed to farmers.

Aside from land distribution, DAR, under the leadership of Secretary John Castriciones is also strengthening its support programs and services to the ARBs and their communities.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 9 2018Dir. Follante, in his message, commended the leadership of PARPO Servidad and the rest of the personnel of DAR Capiz for the documentation, processing, and release of CLOAs.

“These CLOAs are proofs of ownership to the lands you toil,” Follante said.

Director Villareal also urged the ARBs to develop fully the lands and discouraged them from leasing or selling the same.

The official turn-over of millions worth of support services was also facilitated during the ceremony to two agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in the province of Capiz.

A 4-wheel drive 90 horsepower Mccormic Tractor was formally handed down to the Agrarian Reform Cooperative of New Guia, an ARBO from Maayon town.

The tractor, worth P3.7 million, will be utilized by the cooperative to serve the rice, corn and sugarcane farmers in Maayon.

The tractor is already equipped with custom disc plow, trailing harrow and a trailer truck.

According to the estimates of DAR-VI, around 546 hectares of rice, 222 hectares of corn and 287 hectares of sugarcane lands will directly benefit from the services of the newly-acquired tractor.news reg 1 pix 4 may 9 2018

Chief Agrarian Reform Officer (CARPO) Anthony Arostique said the facility was released under the Climate Resilient Farms Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) of DAR.

The same cooperative was also the recipient of micro-finance program worth P650,000 for swine production, catering, and crop production, Arostique added.

Another support facility, a 2-wheel drive 6-wheeler hauling dump truck was also turned over to ESMAC Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Binuntucan, Pontevedra.

The P3.5 million worth dump truck will be utilized for hauling services of rice, corn and sugarcane farmers in the area.

Leaders of recipient cooperatives expressed gratitude to DAR and President Duterte for the release of the projects. 

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1,940 Negros farmers thank Pres. Duterte, DAR for land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 march 28 2018BACOLOD CITY – A total of 1,940 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province of Negros Occidental expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as they received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in a distribution ceremony held on Tuesday, March 27 here in Bacolod City.

Data provided by DAR Negros Occidental indicated that a total of 1,823.55 hectares of agricultural lands were distributed to the beneficiaries on Tuesday covering 108 landholdings in the 23 municipalities with the crops classification of 65% sugarcane,15% ricefield, 10% corn, 7% root crops and 3% mixed trees.

DAR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said 99% of the distributed property is private landholdings.

“Almost all landholdings to be distributed in this part of the region are private properties owned by powerful landowners. They have the influence, money, and power to either delay DAR’s coverage of their properties or stop us from harassing or suing our people. But with our utmost dedication and by pooling all our resources, efforts and strategies we can distribute all these lands in the near future,” Leonidas said.

DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Karlo S. Bello said that the DAR is doing its best to give them the land they were tilling for many years; and now that they are the owner of the property they should work doubly hard to take good care of it.news reg 1 pix 2 march 28 2018

Fast-tracking of the processing and release of CLOAs is also emphasized under the leadership of DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones.


“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mandated the DAR to give you (farmers) what is rightfully yours. He wants to make good on his promise to uplift the economic lives of our landless farmers that is why he wants to hasten the distribution of lands in the countryside,” Bello said.



The Undersecretary remind the farmer-beneficiaries to pay their amortizations and taxes religiously as it is one of the main obligations of a landowner.

Assistant Regional Director Ronald Gareza, on the other hand, remind the farmers to not pawn their lands.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 28 2018Farmer-beneficiary Inocencio Jayona from Hacienda Lina of Barangay Chambery in Manapla town, on his part, said that he and his fellow beneficiaries will organize an association or cooperative so that they will immediately receive DAR’s support service to boost their newly-acquired landholdings.

“We are thankful to Duterte administration and the DAR because they are doing their best to help us improve our lives,” Jayona said.

After the CLOA distribution, Undersecretary Bello, who recognized the collective effort of the DAR personnel in this province for helping the farmers achieve their dreams, gathered them together with Regional Director Leonidas and Asst. Regional Director Gareza to hear their issues and concerns about their work and to come up with possible strategies to smoothen their job. 

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Central Iloilo Farmers Receive P57.6-M Road Project From DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 march 16 2018Lambunao, Iloilo -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over to the Lambunao local government unit (LGU) the concreted of JNR Agsirab to bagongbong to sitio Agdalusan farm-to-market road project to improve the economic well-being of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in AGSIBAGO Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) here.

DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina L. Bistoyong led the turnover ceremony held in Barangay Caguisanan, transferring the management and maintenance of the 7.04-kilometer all-weather road  from JNR –Agsirab-bagongbong-sitio Agdalusan road to the Lambunao.

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