The Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental installed 42 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in a 39.7214-hectare lot in Brgy. Don Salvador Benedicto in Pontevedra town recently, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Domingo Gaitan, said yesterday.
Gaitan said the land distributed to the ARBs in Hacienda Merced used to be owned by Corazon Sevillano and was acquired through compulsory acquisition.
He said the property was purchased at P13.7 million or P345,464.61 per hectare.
Raymund Bautista and Nelly Guanga, both ARBs, thanked DAR for installing them on the lands they had been tilling for years and vowed to make them productive.
Last month, 32 ARBs were also installed on the 34.9426-hectare lot in Brgy. Don Salvador Benedicto also owned by Sevillano.
Aside from the ARBs in Pontevedra, DAR installed seven ARBs in the 8.16 hectare-lot in Brgy. Tagoc in Kabankalan Friday while four ARBs were also installed in Brgy. Tabugon in the city on the same day.
DAR in Negros Occidental is yet to distribute about 17,000 hectares of land to ARBs by the end of 2013.*APN