Tacloban City, Leyte— More than 40 years of waiting is now over for the 457 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in the province of Leyte and Southern Leyte as they received today their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones delivers today, as he promised, the 429 Certificates of Landownership Award (CLOAs) to the 457 ARBs, effectively transferring to them the ownership of the 638.30 hectares of land in provinces of Leyte-Biliran and Southern Leyte.
“We will intensify the CLOA distribution and the provision of support services to the ARBs in the country to support the thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to emancipate farmers, especially those in the far-flung villages living below the poverty level,” Castriciones said.
He emphasized that the President has also mandated the DAR to boost the provision of support services to the ARBs to develop the lands awarded to them.
Castriciones urged the farmer-beneficiaries not to sell or lease the newly acquired lands, but instead utilize these to generate income.
He said the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law or Republic Act No. 6657, prohibits the sale or lease of lands covered by the CLOA for at least 10 years.
DAR-Tacloban Legal Division Chief Atty. Daniel E. Pen reminded the farmers of their rights, duties, and responsibilities. He warned the farmers that there are violations that will result to disqualifications or cancellations of their land titles issued to them if they failed to do their responsibilities as landowners.
Pen encouraged the farmers to take good care of the lands awarded to them and to refrain from doing what is prohibited under the law, like leasing and selling the land.
San Isidro Leyte ARB Rosalina M. Fajardo, as well as the other CLOA recipients,expressed happiness and their gratitude to President Duterte and to the DAR for the chance of personally claiming their CLOAs.
Among the other CLOA recipients include, Tatay Jose T. Giganto, 87 years old from Brgy. Baybay City, Leyte, who have waited more than 40 years for his CLOA, Casildita Canete, 76 years old from Hacienda of Senorita Mercedes Aguilar from Brgy. Gaas, Ormoc who have waited for 46 years, and Antonio Saure, son of Guellermo Saure, the original tenant of Marcelino Veloso estate from Sitio Calunasan, Brgy. Basud, San Isidro, Leyte who have waited 45 years for his father's Emancipation Patent.
The distribution of CLOAs was also attended by Region 8 Shiela B. Enciso, Gov. Dominic L. Petilla represented by Board Member Ronulfo Abellanosa, Mayor Cristina G. Romuldez represented by Ms. Princess Cabase, Registry of Deeds (ROD) Atty. Emeterio Villanoza, Land Bank-AOC Manger Fiel Pedrosa, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Regional Director Morakie P. Domanday, DAR Central Office Legal Service/PAMRS Director Resty C. Osias, ARDA Ma. Fe D. Malinao, ARD Ismael P. Aya-ay and officials from the Leyte-Biliran and Southern Leyte Provincial and Municipal offices.
Photo 1: San Isidro Leyte ARB Rosalina M. Fajardo shows her gratitude to the DAR by embracing Secretary John Castriciones after receiving her CLOA.
Photo 2: Secretary John Castriciones awards the Emancipation Patent to Antonio Saure.
Photo 3: DAR Secretary with DAR Region 8 Director Shiela B. Enciso, other DAR officials and some of the awardees which includes the 87 years old Tatay Jose T. Giganto.
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