DAR in­stalls 56 farm­ers in La Castel­lana

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De­part­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal-south has in­stalled 56 farmer-ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram (Carp) at Barangay Robles in La Castel­lana town.

These 56 agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries (ARBS) now own the 17.39-hectare land­hold­ings for­merly owned by Maria Yulo and Leti­cia Baran­di­aran.

The prop­erty was cov­ered un­der Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram Ex­ten­sion with Re­form (Carper) through com­pul­sory ac­qui­si­tion scheme.

Mu­nic­i­pal Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram of­fi­cer Raul Bor­bon, who led the in­stal­la­tion rites re­cently, lauded the farm­ers and en­cour­aged them to be pro­duc­tive and em­pow­ered Carp ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Bor­bon also re­minded ARBS to ex­er­cise dili­gence in the use, cul­ti­va­tion, and main­te­nance of the land.

These in­clude pay­ment of their an­nual amor­ti­za­tions with the Land Bank of the Philippines and real prop­erty taxes at the lo­cal govern­ment.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing farmer-ben­e­fi­cia­ries to form an or­ga­ni­za­tion to avail var­i­ous sup­port ser­vices from the DAR and other govern­ment agen­cies,” Bor­bon said, as he urged ARBS not to en­gage in any form of il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties like sell­ing or leas­ing their land.

The of­fi­cial pointed out that the DAR, through its Agrar­ian Jus­tice De­liv­ery Pro­gram (AJDP) Di­vi­sion, also pro­vides le­gal ad­vice and as­sis­tance to farm­ers.

“The in­ten­tion of the pro­gram is to re­ally help ARBS im­prove and live a peace­ful life,” he stressed./epn

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