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The beneficiary of the DAR CLOA: “A longtime desire realized”

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Receiving his certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) over the weekend was “a lifelong dream come true” for 56-year-old farmer Ruben Rivas of Barangay Maligaya, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.

He declared in the local dialect on Monday, “I am so delighted, I have been waiting for this for so long, with this CLOA I will continue to be a productive farmer of Sultan Kudarat.”

The 3,524 recipients of the CLOA distribution by DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III from the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani (Soccsksargen) held here on Saturday included Rivas, a grower of high-value commodities including Cavendish bananas.

Soccsksargen, popularly known as Region 12, is an abbreviation for the four provinces and General Santos City.

“Finally, the land title is in my name. Regarding the prompt delivery of CLOA and e-titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries across the region, Rivas expressed gratitude to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Sec. Estrella (ARBs).

In accordance with the DAR Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) Project, 3,692 hectares of the 6,103 hectares allotted were divided into 2,166 electronic land titles (e-titles) and given to 1,871 ARBs.

The project separates previously issued communal certificates of land ownership awards (CCLOAs) from the DAR.

“Issuing separate titles to each farmer-beneficiary is preferable since it gives them a distinct ownership interest in the land parcels they are cultivating. As part of the program in the city gymnasium, Estrella gave a speech that included the following: “It will also offer them the freedom to grow whatever they want on the grounds granted to them and not agree with what the majority desires.”

Each farmer beneficiary would receive a unique land title based on the real area or a specific segment of land they are tilling under the SPLIT initiative, in which the DAR would subdivide the allocated lands covered by a CCLOA.

In accordance with Executive Order 75, government-owned lands and CLOAs issued under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) were also dispersed.

While 215 CLOAs under EO 75 covering 194 hectares of land were provided to 182 ARBs, 1,143 CLOAs under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) spanning 2,216 hectares of land were awarded to 1,220 ARBs.

According to the current administration, Region 12 has the highest distribution of land titles.

Farmers who had benefited from House Bill 6336, a proposed bill that intends to excuse farmers’ current loans, were thrilled as Estrella broke the good news to them.

The House of Representatives plenary session, it was passed after the second reading.

ARBs who have not yet received their land under the CARP awards will do so without having to make any repayments, according to Estrella.

Additionally, 53 and 108 ARBs from Carmen and Alamada, both in North Cotabato, received indemnity payouts totaling PHP815,666 from Estrella and representatives of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.

The funds from the checks will be utilized to rebuild the recipients’ farms, which were destroyed by Typhoon Paeng’s recent flooding, rat infestation, and bacterial stalk rot.

As part of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty Program, Estrella also donated a hauling truck worth PHP150,000 to the Kisandal ARB Association in Magpet, North Cotabato. The beneficiary ARBO will use the donated vehicle to deliver goods to markets.


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