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78-year-old farmer finally becomes a landowner

news reg 1 pix 1 march 13 2017SAN MIGUEL, Leyte – A 78-year-old widower was among the 658 farmers from three Leyte towns who received their long awaited certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) last week at this town’s auditorium.

Angel Cabello from Jaro could only was teary-eyed after receiving the land title to the 2.1-hectare coconut land he is tilling.

DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso led the distribution of the 344 CLOAs covering a combined area of 689.6 hectares of farmlands situated in 21 barangays within this town and in the municipalities of Jaro and Barugo.

When asked why it took so long for DAR to distribute the CLOAs, Enciso said the process of validation is long and meticulous. “After the release of the titles from the Registry of Deeds, we validated the CLOAs to check whether the information in the said documents are still correct.”

She likewise advised the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) not to sell their CLOAs nor convert their farmlands into another uses to ensure food security.

Before the CLOAs were handed to the recipients, Agrarian Reform Program Officer Wendell Ariza oriented the farmers of their rights as well as their obligations as ARBs.

Meanwhile Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla acknowledged the partnership that has been established between DAR and the RIGHTS, the non-government organization assisting these farmers, which resulted to the release of these CLOAs that were pending at the ROD since 1994.news reg 1 pix 2 march 13 2017  

Present during the CLOA distribution were Assistant Regional Director Ma. Fe Malinao, Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla, Head of the Leyte Registry of Deeds (ROD) Atty. Emeterio Villanoza, RIGHTS National Coordinator Danny Caranza, CARITAS Country Coordinator Jess Agustin and Vice Mayor Atilano Oballo. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)

Photo 1: DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla (2nd from right) congratulates Angel Cabello (3rd from right), a 78-year old farmer from Jaro, Leyte, after receiving his certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso (3rd from left). Others in photo from left are: CARITAS country coordinator Jess Agustin, Assistant Regional Director Ma. Fe Malinao and Leyte Registry of Deeds Head Atty. Emeterio Villanoza.

Photo 2: Agrarian reform beneficiaries pose for a souvenir photo with Regional Director Sheila Enciso and other DAR officials, Leyte Registry of Deeds Head Atty. Emeterio Villanoza, Vice Mayor Atilano Oballo, CARITAS country coordinator Jess Agustin and RIGHTS coordinators after the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in San Miguel, Leyte.

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