The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 57 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) from Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The distribution of the CLOAs made the ARBs the legitimate landowners of the land they have been tilling as tenants for decades.
In a statement, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ramon Silvino said 21 hectares of agricultural lands were distributed to qualified ARBs who have been tilling the lands for years.
“Today you hold the proof of ownership to the lands you once tilled for many years. May these lands provide you with better lives as the new landowners. Have a fruitful harvest ahead of you,” he told the land recipients.
Silvino also reminded the ARBs that as owners of land, they have to pay their taxes regularly and for them to avoid involvement in illegal arrangements that may lead to their disqualification as beneficiaries of the land.
The distributed lands were formerly managed by Nonata Jesena, covering a total of 21 hectares situated in Barangay Andres Bonifacio, Sagay City.