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DAR will examine 164,000 hectares in the Eastern Visayas for individual titling

Farmlands totaling 164,611 hectares have been approved for individual titling by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas (SPLIT).

According to DAR 8 (Eastern Visayas) Assistant Director for Operations Renato Badilla, the region has been included in the department’s aim for individual titling, which is scheduled for implementation in 2025.

Only 1,199 hectares—representing 733 farmer-beneficiaries—of the total areas certified in the region between March 2021 and June 2022 have been registered for titling.

According to Badilla, the awarding is expected to take place in September.

Field validation is progressing as planned, but in order for recipients to receive their unique titles, the Registry of Deeds (ROD) registration procedure needs to be expedited, he said.

To help with property registration, the DAR will add extra computers and staff members to the ROD.

The DAR wants to certify and distribute the 206,436 hectares of farmland that were previously given to farmer groups through collective certificates of land ownership awards under SPLIT (CCLOA).

The process of parcelization involves breaking up the regions included in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and establishing their precise metes and bounds.

Additionally, it entails determining common use zones, portions with shared service facilities, and the establishment of regions that can be alienated and sold by the government. Lots are awarded to agrarian reform recipients in a CCLOA.

The World Bank is funding the SPLIT project with a total project cost of PHP24.62 billion, with PHP5.38 billion coming from the Philippine government and PHP19.24 billion in loan revenues, representing 78% of the entire project cost.

The funding requirement is more than PHP1 billion alone for Eastern Visayas.

500 people have already been hired by the local DAR field office to complete the validation and registration process.

According to Badilla, a farmer would be able to determine the area of land they possess using this application, increasing the productivity of their farms.

Farmers will be able to utilize bank financial services if they have individual land titles.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Land Bank of the Philippines, the Land Registration Authority, the Registry of Deeds, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are all partners in the DAR initiative.

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