Twenty-seven more farmers in remote and insurgency-affected Brgy. San Agustin, Isabela, Negros Occidental, have received their long awaited land titles from the Department of Agrarian Reform, facilitated by the 11th Infantry Battalion “Bayanihan Team”, its Civil Military Operations officer, 1Lt. Von Ryan Gomez, yesterday said.
Gomez said the distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards to 27 farmers on Sept. 30, was presided over by Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Elsa Zamora and assisted by Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Rosario Norbe at the Isabela municipal hall.
For September alone, Gomez said they facilitated the distribution of CLOA’s to 57 farmer-beneficiaries in Isabela town.
Military records show that since 11IB was deployed in central Negros in 2011, a total of 2,165 individuals have received their CLOA’s.
The Army’s Bayanihan teams immerse with the community to identify issues and problems, especially for those residing in conflict-affected communities, he added.
2Lt. Romeo Gumiran of the 11IB Charlie Company said that his unit will help uplift the conditions of the people in his area of operation by addressing primary concerns being raised through convergence with stakeholders, which is also aimed at preventing lawless groups, such as the New People’s Army, from penetrating barangays.
Lt. Col. Wilfredo Isaac,11IB commanding officer, said that his battalion is going all out with its Bayanihan efforts, which , he said is seen as the most viable road to success in addressing the root causes of insurgency.*GPB