Seventy-two farmers from three areas in southern Negros Occidental received their land titles from the Department of Agrarian Reform recently.
On Friday, the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to 25 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Kabankalan City was facilitated by the DAR Municipal Office, headed by Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Sharlyn Lacuesta.
Lacuesta said that, of the new landowners, 13 would share the 4.86-hectare landholding formerly owned by Juan Sola in Barangay Camansi while the remaining 12 ARBs would divide the 12.72 hectares of landholding used to be owned by Godofredo Almonia in Barangay Orong, both in the city.
Also on the same day, 15 farmers of the 18.98-hectare landholding formerly owned by Teresita Antique located in Barangay Cabcab in Isabela town were installed.
MARPO Betheresa Zamora said the installation was already the second attempt of the office, following a series of land conflicts.
“I am celebrating with our farmers since this victory belongs not only to the agency but more particularly to our farmer-beneficiaries who have fought for their rights as the new landowners,” Zamora said, adding that she is grateful for the unity of DAR, the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police and the Barangay Council of Cabcab, Isabela which made the installation peaceful and successful.
Captain Reymond Jamisal of the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army assisted the agency, while Capt. Joseph Partidas of the Isabela Police Station was also present during the installation ceremony.
On August 24, the DAR office in Himamaylan City installed 32 ARBs after they received their land titles, covering the 10-hectare landholding formerly owned by Sandra Dezoller in Barangay Carabalan.
Arnulfo Figueroa, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II officer-in-charge, reminded the farmers to cultivate their land diligently and make it productive.
“Please refrain from engaging in illegal activities like selling and leasing of land. As good stewards of the parcels of land awarded by DAR, farmer-beneficiaries must perform their obligations by paying their taxes and land amortizations to the Land Bank of the Philippines,” Figueroa stressed.
Precautionary measures to ensure the safety of farmers, DAR personnel and other partner agencies against the spread of Covid-19 were strictly observed during the distribution and installation ceremonies.*