LEGAZPI CITY —The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a series of distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) and electronic land titles (E-titles) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Bicol in the last week of July 2022.
The distribution benefited 215 landless farmers from five towns in the provinces of Sorsogon and Camarines Sur, covering 344.8695 hectares of agricultural land.
In Sorsogon, seven (7) farmer-beneficiaries from Juban town were given their e-titles covering 18.9407 hectares of land. This was followed by the CLOA distribution to 64 ARBs with a total land area of 68.0892 hectares in Ocampo, Camarines Sur.
Another 67 beneficiaries from Bangon, Lupi in Camarines Sur received their land titles that covered 89 hectares, while 77 more farmers were given CLOAs and c-titles covering 168.8396 hectares in Camaroan and Garchitorena.
Bicol Region Assistant Regional Director for Operations Engr. Romulo Britanico shared that the distributed land titles covered hectares of land implemented under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
“The titles are symbols that you are now the owners of the land you are tilling. It is also a symbol that we, in DAR, have done our job well and honestly,” Britanico said.
He also advised the beneficiaries to cultivate the land and make it productive and reminded them of their obligations on their awarded lands.
“There is a responsibility you need to take on. I just want you to enrich the land and make it productive,” he added.
Farmer Dominguito G. Mimay, 57, expressed gratitude to DAR and pledged to fulfill his duties as a DAR beneficiary. He is one of the seven recipients of the Erquiaga Development Corporation estate in Barangay Buraburan, Juban.
“Big thanks to DAR. I waited so long for this title, I cannot describe how it feels to finally have it in our possession. Rest assured that we will handle this with care. Thank you so much,” exclaimed Mimay.
From January 1, 2022, to date, the DAR in Bicol has already given land titles comprising 698.6576 hectares of agricultural land to 408 farmer-beneficiaries.