The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently installed 148 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 26 farmers in Negros Occidental.
The move aims to strengthen the farmers’ ownership of the lands they have been tilling for years.
From the 148 ARBs, 112 ARBs were installed in a 46-hectare land in Silay City, while 36 ARBs were also installed in Escalante City in an 18.87-hectare property.
Meanwhile, the 26 ARBs that received their land titles covered a total of 25.29 hectares of land also in the province of Negros Occidental.
In a statement, DAR Western Visayas Director Sheila Enciso said the installation of farmer-beneficiaries to their awarded land aims to provide lands to landless farmers.
“These activities, conducted through the process of Land Acquisition and Distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program [CARP], guarantee the farmers’ land security and social equity, and provide them with the necessary productive resources needed to ensure their economic viability and productivity,” she said.
Enciso added that layout and monumenting survey activities were also carried out to appropriately mark and indicate the technical descriptions of the lot specified in their CLOAs.
In Silay City, the lands involved in the installation were previously managed by Pacita Gayoso, et al., identified by Title Number T-9800, bearing Lot No. 672-B, with an area of 46.2957 hectares that is situated at Barangay Hawaiian; while properties in Escalante City were formerly managed by Rosario Carcueva with Title Numbers T-86317 and T-110614, bearing Lot Nos. 2620 and 2618, covering 18.8779 hectares, located at Barangay Paitan.
The CLOAs for the distributed lands involved a landholdings previously owned by Gloria Galdeano, Ma. Teresa Elordi, Rural Bank of Sagay Inc., and Hermilinda Elordi, identified by Title Numbers P-18340, P-18101, T-155837, and P-17385, covering Lot Nos. 2838, 2841-B, 2 (2954), and 2658-E, having a total land area of 25.2966 hectares, situated at Barangay Libertad.