Duterte wants in­di­vid­ual land ti­tles for DAR ben­e­fi­cia­ries

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ASIDE from the fast­track­ing of the pro­cess­ing and the re­lease of cer­tifi­cates of land own­er­ship award (CLOAs) to agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries (ARBs), Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte also man­dated the De­part­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) to pro­vide the ben­e­fi­cia­ries with in­di­vid­ual CLOAs.

This was em­pha­sized by DAR Un­der­sec­re­tary for Field Op­er­a­tions Of­fice Karlo Bello when he led the sec­ond round of dis­tri­bu­tion of CLOAs to 1,652 ARBs cov­er­ing a to­tal land area of 937 hectares in the prov­inces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifu­gao, Kalinga and Mt. Prov­ince in the Cordillera Re­gion.

DAR OIC Sec­re­tary Ros­alina Bis­toy­ong fa­cil­i­tated the first day of dis­tri­bu­tion.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte wants in­di­vid­ual ti­tling of lands for our ben­e­fi­cia­ries, not the col­lec­tive CLOAs,” Bello said.

He added the Pres­i­dent has also man­dated DAR to boost the pro­vi­sion of sup­port ser­vices to the ARBs to de­velop the lands awarded to them.

Bello was re­cently des­ig­nated by Mala­canang as OIC Sec­re­tary of the DAR un­til the re­turn of OIC Sec­re­tary Bis­toy­ong from an of­fi­cial trip abroad.

The Usec also rec­og­nized the courage of the ARBs es­pe­cially on their undy­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion to win the own­er­ship of the land they till for more than 20 years.

“I am very happy to be part of this event in your lives. You fi­nally own the lands you’ve been wait­ing for through the years of toil­ing and tak­ing care of it. No­body de­serves it bet­ter than you and you should make it more pro­duc­tive now,” Bello said.

Bello also lauded the DAR in Cordillera re­gion for their all-out efforts to make the farm­ers dream into re­al­ity.

“DAR is do­ing its best to de­liver the best ser­vice to the farm­ers. We are now gath­er­ing farm­ers’ con­cerns and is­sues,” he added.

Among the con­cerns be­ing con­sid­ered by DAR in­clude the re­quire­ments from the Land Bank of the Philip­pines, the Reg­is­ter of Deeds, and other gov­ern­ment of­fices in­volved in lands.

“We are look­ing at the causes of the de­lays in the pro­cess­ing and study­ing ef­fec­tive schemes to smoothen the op­er­a­tions and co­or­di­na­tion of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment of­fices,” Bello said.

Projects that are part of the sup­port ser­vices were also handed over to the ARBs dur­ing the two­day dis­tri­bu­tion cer­e­monies.

DAR Cordillera re­gional di­rec­tor Atty. Mar­jorie Ayson said the projects re­ceived by the ARBs in­clude the P240,000 worth of six wa­ter tank units for the Com­mu­nity – Man­aged Potable Wa­ter San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (CPWASH).

These wa­ter-sys­tems, Ayson added, will ben­e­fit Naguey Multi-Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive, Bagong Sablan Credit Co­op­er­a­tive and Taloy Norte Farm­ers Mul­ti­Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive in Benguet prov­ince.

ARB co­op­er­a­tives that in­clude the Atok Ara­bica Cof­fee Grow­ers Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive and Tawan­gan Agrar­ian Re­form Com­mu­nity Multi-Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive in Benguet also re­ceived their P900,000 worth of Vil­lage Level Pro­cess­ing Cen­ter En­hance­ment Project on Wed­nes­day, she said.

The CLOA dis­tri­bu­tion on Thurs­day was also wit­nessed by di­rec­tor Leo­mides Vil­lareal of the Pub­lic As­sis­tance and Me­dia Re­la­tions Ser­vice, di­rec­tor Le­an­dro Caymo of the Bureau of Land Ten­ure Im­prove­ment and other top DAR of­fi­cials in Cordillera Re­gion. DAR Re­lease

Photo by Milo Brioso

LAND OWN­ERS. Re­cip­i­ents from Ki­bun­gan, Benguet show their cer­tifi­cate of land own­er­ship award from De­part­ment Agrar­ian Re­form. Ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the prov­ince re­ceived a to­tal of 299.0722 hectares of agri­cul­tural lands.

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