CEBU CITY – After years of dreaming to own the farms they till, 19 farmers from the towns of Ronda, Alcantara, Badian, and Barili, Cebu now realized their aspirations after receiving 21 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
The farmers expressed appreciation to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong for the fulfillment of their dreams.
The covered landholdings involved a total land area of 21.2299 hectares, covering some areas of barangays Tupas, Ronda, Candabong, Solagmaya and Calanglang of Badian town and barangay Cagay and Patupat in Barili, Cebu province.
OIC-Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Elvira B. Bation, who led the distribution of CLOAs encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to be active in their respective organizations to avail the support programs and services of DAR.
“Make your lands productive and become part of the continuing effort of the government on food security,” Bation said.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Nestor Castro, on the other hand, reminded the farmers of their rights and obligations to their newly-acquired lands.
DAR has also provided the beneficiaries with support services that include training programs, construction, and rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities and access to basic social services to boost their capabilities.
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