By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed a total of 65 hectares of agricultural lands to 52 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Misamis Oriental.
The ARBs received their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) from DAR Secretary John Castriciones.
“We will intensify the CLOA distribution and the provision of support services to ARBs in the country to support the thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to emancipate farmers, especially those in the far-flung villages from poverty,” Castriciones said.
He pointed out that his marching order from the President was to “do what you ought to do. Distribute lands that are for the farmers to uplift their economic lives.”
He emphasized that the President has also mandated DAR to boost the provision of support services to the ARBs to develop the lands awarded to them.
DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said CLOAs are issued to qualified farmers as part of the government’s efforts to provide livelihood and to boost the economy as well.
“Over a thousand farmers in Misamis Oriental have benefited from the various programs of DAR,” Mambuay said.
Mambuay urged the farmer-beneficiaries not to sell or lease the newly acquired lands but to instead utilize these to generate income.
He said the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law or RA 6657, however, prohibits the sale or lease of lands covered by the CLOA for at least 10 years.
DAR Undersecretary Emily Padilla said the department is also implementing more projects other than land distribution.