CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: After 25 years of legal battle, farmers here couldn’t help but be teary-eyed as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) finally distributed certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to 21 agrarian reform beneficiaries.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Zoraida Omar-Macadindang led the joint farmers’ installation and CLOA distribution in Upper Puerto in Cagayan de Oro City. Macadindang said the farmers were installed in a 23.8-hecatare property formerly owned by the Oroville Development Corporation. She said the installation proceeded peacefully and was immediately followed by the awarding of land titles to the farmer beneficiaries. Macadindang reminded the beneficiaries of their rights and obligations and cautioned them from committing violations to laws, rules and regulations that govern the CLOAs. Aside from awarding land to the farmer-beneficiaries, the DAR also offered its support services like credit facilities, farm machinery and training programs to increase the productivity of acquired lands. “Make your lands productive and pay your amortizations and taxes religiously. We are proud and happy that you are awarded with this land,” Macadindang said.