THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North has distributed over 27 hectares of land to 16 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in a Certificate of Land Ownership Award (Cloa) distribution and installation rites in Talisay City recently.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Josephine Lobrido, who spoke at the activity, said the agency aims to deliver social justice by providing land tenure security to landless farmers through land acquisition and distribution.
The covered landholding was formerly owned by Agustin Cabansag, and located at Hacienda San Juan Cabansag in Barangay Dos Hermanas in the northern Negros Occidental locality.
The activity is under the land acquisition and distribution (LAD) process of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (Carper).
Under Carper, public and private agricultural landholdings are acquired by the government to be distributed to tenants, farmers, farmworkers and other tillers who are qualified to become ARBs.
This is in the form of Cloas covering one contiguous tract or several parcels of land accumulated up to a maximum of three hectares per ARB.
DAR-Negros Occidental I said this is anchored to the agency's aim to provide lands to landless farmers and farmworkers, guarantee the farmers' land security, deliver social equity, and provide them with the necessary productive resources needed to ensure their economic viability and productivity.
With Negros Occidental still under the modified general community quarantine, the land title distribution complied with minimum health protocols set by authorities, it said.
"The DAR is the lead government agency that holds and implements comprehensive and genuine agrarian reform which actualizes equitable land distribution, ownership, agricultural productivity, and tenurial security for, of, and with the tillers of the land towards the improvement of their quality of life," it added.