By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City — The various programs being implemented by the field offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will continue despite the current problem in the agency’s leadership in the national level, including the distribution of land titles to landless farmers.
“The mandated task of our field offices is to continue without let up our anti-poverty alleviation program to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) that our Regional Director Engr. Francisco Aguhob is focused on,” DAR 13 spokesperson Joie I. Ceballos said.
The powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday voted to reject Rafael Mariano’s appointment as secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
The DAR has distributed land titles to 83 farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Azpetia, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, he said.
Ceballos said a total of 92 Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) were distributed to ARBs covering an aggregate land holding of 121.2074 hectares of Government Owned Lands (GOL).
Together with CLOA, tax declarations were also distributed. This is for the ARBs to become aware of their responsibility in paying the required taxes.
The continuing distribution of CLOAs in various parts of the region is meant to assure the ARBs of their security to own the land they are tilling, Ceballos said.