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84 ARBs now landowners

piaNEGROS OCCIDENTAL, April 23 (PIA6) - - Eighty four former farm workers are now installed as landowners in the towns of Pontevedra and La Castellana at the southern part of the province.

The Department of Agrarian Reform installed 67 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaires at the LCEE Farms in Barangay Don Salvador Benedicto in Pontevedra town.

According to Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) and chief of the Civil Society Organization Domingo Gatmaitan, the 122.9213 hectares total area for the 67 ARBs area was acquired at P11,879,236.61 in cash and P35,637,709.83 in bond from the previous landowners.

Meanwhile in Barangay Robles, La Castellana town, 17 ARBs were installed at the Hacienda Canticbil Tonsay which the total land area of 50.5573 hectares was through Compulsory Acquisition.

An emotional Ma. Fe Magno in her message in behalf of the beneficiaries thanked DAR and its personnel for their perseverance to help them acquire their lands.

“Ako nagapasalamat gid sang daku nga kami mainstall sa amon duta nga ginahandum. Halin sang una pirmi lang ako nagahibi, pero subong nagahibi na ako sang kalipay tungod indi madali nga makakuha sang panagbuhian kundi sa mabudlay nga paagi. Naagyan namon ang mapiot nga pamaagi pero ginaupdan namon sing pagpangamuyo, kapisan paghimakas kag subong man paglaum nga ini tanan amon maagum. Kami indi gid magpabaya sini (I am grateful that finally we will be installed as owners of the land we hope for.  I have been crying before because of the hardships and struggles we have been through to acquire this land which is our source of living.  But coupled with prayer, hardwork and perseverance, we finally got it.), Magno said in the dialect.

DAR Negros Occidental II through Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucresia Taberna assured these new land owners that DAR is ready to intervene to help them through its support services like the Agrarian Production Credit Program, the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), among others.

DAR also reminded them to cultivate their lands and make it productive to benefit the next generation. *(JCM/EAD-PIA6/DAR Negros Occidental)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1031429770780/84-arbs-now-landowners

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