By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
A total of 123 farmers from Camarines Norte are now new landowners after they received a total of 222.94 hectares from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
The certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) covered some land areas in the municipalities of Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Vicente, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Sta. Elena and Vinzons.
DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Karlo Bello said the farmers deserve to own the land they till.
“President Rodrigo Duterte mandated the DAR to give the farmers what is due to them without any discrimination. The administration does not favor any farmers despite their political beliefs, as long as they are qualified and meet the requirements needed to get the land titles, we are giving it to them,” Bello said.
He also said that the President wants individual titling of lands for the beneficiaries, and not the collective land ownership awards (CLOAs).
Bello also recognized the collective effort of the DAR personnel in Bicol Region in helping the farmers achieved their dreams.
“Your works are appreciated. Like the DAR employees in other regions, you show the people what public-servants should do to help the poor people,” Bello added.
On the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ (ARB’S) part, Labo town farmer-beneficiary Norma Ramirez vowed to transform the newly distributed lands into productive farming areas.
“We will take care of the lands and we will not sell it because these properties will be passed on to our children and the next generations,” she said.