Duterte ar­riv­ing for Cloa dis­tri­bu­tion?

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

IS PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte com­ing to Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal for the dis­tri­bu­tion of cer­tifi­cates of land own­er­ship award (Cloas) to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram on Fe­bru­ary 22?

In the past few days, Duterte men­tioned in one of his speeches in Min­danao that he will dis­trib­ute Cloas in Sa­gay City this week.

When asked for con­fir­ma­tion, Sa­gay City Mayor Al­fredo Marañon III said he has not re­ceived any con­fir­ma­tion yet on the Pres­i­dent’s ar­rival and that he only heard about it through me­dia re­ports.

He said, “so far, mem­bers of the Pres­i­den­tial Man­age­ment Staff (PMS) have not yet ar­rived in the city” as of press time.

The mayor also said that up for Cloa dis­tri­bu­tion in the city are lo­cated in dif­fer­ent barangays and that he is co­or­di­nat­ing with the De­part­ment of Agrar­ian

Re­form (DAR) on the of­fi­cial list.

Though, a Sunstar Ba­colod source said that mem­bers of the PMS have al­ready ar­rived in the prov­ince yes­ter­day and they have been go­ing to the sites where the pres­i­dent is set to visit.

On June 20, 2018, Duterte led the cer­e­mo­nial dis­tri­bu­tion of eman­ci­pa­tion patents and Cloas in Iloilo with the big­gest cov­er­age in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal with 1,775 in north­ern Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and 938 in south­ern Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

The dis­tri­bu­tion of Cloas in Iloilo co­in­cided with the 30th an­niver­sary of the Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram (Carp).

Data ear­lier ob­tained by Sunstar Ba­colod showed that in 30 years of Carp im­ple­men­ta­tion, DAR in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal-south has al­ready dis­trib­uted a to­tal of 115,677 hectares cov­er­ing 73,635 agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries (ARBS).

The dis­trib­uted land in the south forms part of the to­tal 187,677 hectares of Carp ar­eas dis­trib­uted in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal since the pro­gram started in 1988.*

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