The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 309 certificates of land ownership award (CLOA), covering 2,034.18 hectares of agricultural lands, to 1,189 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO ll) Julio C. Celestiano Jr. said the farmers are now new landowners, and like other fellow farmer-beneficiaries, are facing more challenging task of making their farms more productive.
“These ARBs will play significant role in eradicating hunger and in reducing poverty in the countryside,” Celestiano said.
He added that as the world celebrates the International Year of Family Farming this year, these farmer-beneficiaries play a major role in ensuring food security by working doubly hard for the continued and sustainable agricultural production.
The CLOA distribution, held at the Kaamulan Grounds in Malaybalay City, was one of the highlights that capped the month-long Kaamulan Festival this year, which was headed by Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri.
The foundation of Bukidnon and the Kaamulan Festival, which used to be celebrated from February to March every year, was moved to August and culminated on September 1, 2014. (PNA)