By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed 549 emancipation patents (EPs) and certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) to 457 beneficiaries in Capiz province.
The covered landholdings included 23.6860 hectares (ha) in Pontevedra with 52 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), 42.8026 ha in Pres. Roxas with 56 ARBs, 66.7591 ha in Pilar with 36 ARBs, 92.5140 ha in Maayon with 59 ARBs, 10.2855 ha in Pan-ay with 5 ARBs, and 0.5500 has in Roxas City with three ARBs.
The rest of the farm lots included 83.8537 ha in Dumarao with 59 ARBs, 80.4530 ha in Tapaz with 61 ARBs, 45.9651 ha in Jamindan with 30 ARBs, 29.2463 ha in Dumalag with 21 ARBs, 19.2623 ha in Cuartero with 27 ARBs, 17.9588 ha in Dao with seven ARBs, 11.8735 ha in Sigma with 21 ARBs, and 37.0008 ha in Mambusao with 20 ARBs.
As part of its mandate to help farmers make their parcels of land become productive to improve their lives, DAR also provided common service facilities to various agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBO).
These ARBOs are Pres. Roxas Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Sta. Cruz Agrarian Reform Cooperative, and Small Coconut Farmers Marketing Cooperative. Each received a hauling truck worth P3.5 million. Meanwhile, Esperanza-Maclos Multi-Purpose Cooperative received a tractor worth P2.3 million.
DAR Secretary John Castriciones and DAR Undersecretary Emily Padilla led the distribution of titles and turnover of machineries.
Aside from the distribution and turnover ceremony, the DAR chief also graced the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the P1-billion Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for ARBs Project.
The beneficiaries of this aid are the CAMMMA Small Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Mianay Farmers Association, Pasol-o Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Traciano Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Agtambi Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Matagnop Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Capagao Coconut Farmers Association, ESMAC Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Lantangan Small Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Pilar Agrarian Reform Cooperative.