LEGAZPI CITY-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is currently conducting land validation in Milagros town in Masbate, on the plan to distribute the remaining 303 hectares of the Yulo Estate to the landless farmers.
“The results from this validation will tell us if the DAR can put the entire area under the agrarian reform program. Only then can we proceed to process the land for distribution to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBS),” said DAR Bicol Regional Director Rodrigo O. Realubit.
The validation came about after a meeting of Realubit with Philippine National Police (PNP)Brigadier General Bart R. Bustamante. Realubit discussed the need to expand the land distribution program in Masbate province, mentioning particularly the remaining 303 hectares of the Yulo Estate in Milagros town, which he said can be distributed to ARBs under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
In the meeting, the PNP pledged to assist the DAR in the validation process up to the possible distribution of the remaining CARPable areas covered by the estate to the landless ARBs.
“We are grateful for the PNP’s help. We really need them to assist us in keeping the peace when we talk to the farmers and landowners,” Realubit said.
The Yulo Estate, totaling 1,372 hectares, is divided into two parcels of agricultural lands, one in Bgy. Matagbac with 1,019 hectares, and the other one in Bgy. Sawmill with 261 hectares. Based on DAR’s records, 1,069 hectares have already been distributed to CARP beneficiaries in 1998 and 2002.
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Herald R. Tambal said his office has already marked the remaining 303 hectares as potential area ‘for subsequent distribution’ while taking measures to resolve some critical issues affecting the land.
Tambal also said the DAR is still in the process of validating or checking if the agency can put the entire Masbate, not just the Yulo estate, under the agrarian reform program.