Sell Bo­ra­cay land, get rich – Pres­i­dent

Tempo - - Front Page - By GENA­LYN KA­BIL­ING

The agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Bo­ra­cay can sell their prop­erty af­ter a 10-year pro­hi­bi­tion pe­riod so they can be­come mil­lion­aires, Pres­i­dent Duterte de­clared last Thurs­day.

But for now, the Pres­i­dent ad­vised the new landown­ers to till the land and make it pro­duc­tive dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial turnover of the agri­cul­tural lands in Ak­lan prov­ince.

Around 623 Cer­tifi­cates of Land Own­er­ship Award (CLOA) cov­er­ing 274 hectares of land in Bo­ra­cay and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Ak­lan have been dis­trib­uted to agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Six of the CLOAs were given to 45 mem­bers of the Bo­ra­cay Ati Tribal Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Ang sin­abi ko dur­ing the Cab­i­net meet­ing, we were dis­cussing about it. And I told them, ‘Kung ipag­bili ng mga anak ninyo, apo ninyo, mi­lyon na ‘yan.’ Ang sin­abi ko sa Cab­i­net, ‘At least kayo, in your life­time maybe, or ‘yung mga anak ninyo, apo, makatikim ng pera na malaki.” Iyon ang con­suelo ko doon,” the Pres­i­dent said dur­ing the cer­e­mony in Bo­ra­cay which has been re­cently re­opened to tourists af­ter a six-month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“In the mean­time, till the land, make it pro­duc­tive, and when the pro­hi­bi­tion pe­riod is over, maybe your chil­dren can sell it and it would be mil­lion. So may mga Ati dito na yaya­man balang araw,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent, how­ever, said he would not al­low the land re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries, in­clud­ing the in­ge­nious peo­ple of Bo­ra­cay, to sell their prop­erty at present.

The law pro­hibits agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries to trans­fer awarded land dur­ing a 10-year hold­ing pe­riod. Only trans­fers through hered­i­tary suc­ces­sion or to the gov­ern­ment or an­other ben­e­fi­ciary are al­lowed dur­ing the pe­riod.

Duterte pointed out that the agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries were for­tu­nate to have a piece of real es­tate in the coun­try. He said they are now own­ers of the lands they have been tilling for the long­est time.

“If I were you, wala na­man akong ibang maibi­gay na sa inyo. Stick with the land. Make it I said pro­duc­tive and some­day you can ex­pect maybe sell it. At least ‘yung mga anak niyo, apo ninyo mi­ly­onaryo,” he said.

“Huwag niny­ong bitawan ‘yan. Sa karam­ing tao sa mundo, to own – makakuha ka lang ng piece of real es­tate, lupa. Sa karami natin, one mil­lion 10, tapos kayo dito nakakuha ng in­y­ong lupa na inyo na, na maibi­gay na ninyo doon sa mga apo ninyo, at baka balang araw they so de­cide then it’s up to them,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent, mean­time, vowed to con­tinue to sup­port the coun­try’s farm­ers as he rec­og­nized their cru­cial role in food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion would con­tinue “to pro­tect and up­hold your right to own, con­trol, se­cure, cul­ti­vate, en­hance and reap the ben­e­fits the agri­cul­tural lands you till.”

“It thus brings me great joy that our strong re­solve to pri­or­i­tize the indige­nous peo­ple of Ak­lan, es­pe­cially here in Bo­ra­cay Is­land, by trans­fer­ring own­er­ship of th­ese re­main­ing agri­cul­tural lands, is now be­com­ing a re­al­ity,” he said.

Duterte said he has or­dered con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies to im­ple­ment pro­grams to­ward agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­tegrity.

“We must en­sure that no one will be left be­hind in our quest for de­vel­op­ment that is in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able,” he said.

“Let me as­sure you that we will en­sure that all ben­e­fi­cia­ries will have greater ac­cess to sup­port ser­vices from the gov­ern­ment so that they may have the ca­pac­ity to be­come more pro­duc­tive mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties of Ak­lan,” he said.

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