ROXAS 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.
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.
Dir. 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.
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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