The Agrarian Reform chief in a statement said he will, in 15 days, "answer [the] problems" of agrarian beneficiaries (ARBs) in Jaro, Iloilo City, who are not yet "installed" to their landholdings despite certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) issued to them since the 1990s.
According to a statement by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), a total of 6,690 ARBs are still uninstalled in some 358 landholdings covering 10,751 hectares.
“At present we are already taking actions in resolving their issues and concerns. But after seeing and hearing them air their problems, we will devote extra time to study and step- up ways to install them [to their lands] in the soonest possible time,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael M. Mariano said in the statement.
DAR Regional Director Gideon A. Umadhay Jr. noted that land installation in the province is mostly undertaken with the help of the police and military due to resistance by previous landowners.
DAR has organized a technical working group moving to help bring farmers to their respective lands.
“This group has already formulated effective strategies. We have advocacy initiatives, dialogues with the landowners and farmers’ groups, and we have gained active support from our partner agencies and the local government officials,” Mr. Umadhay said in the statement.
Apart from Mr. Mariano’s avowed commitment to resolve this matter in 15 days, the agency has also tapped the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center to facilitate until January next year the installation of ARBs to the lands entitled to them.