212 farmers in CARAGA receive land ownership award
The CARP program is currently on a roll, with its distribution of CLOAs to beneficiary farmers in Butuan City.
A total of 212 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Butuan City, Caraga region recently received a 241 Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported on Thursday, July 7 in its official wesbite.
The report said that the CARP has three major programs: 1) Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) which aims to provide security to landless farmers; 2) Agrarian Justice which offers free legal services to farmers; and 3) Support Services, which delivers support to farmers and their beneficiaries, thus assisting them to attain a better quality of life.
DAR Caraga regional director Julita Ragandang said in the report that in the region, about 282,226 hectares of land or about 94% against LAD scope were already disseminated and about 128,450 farmers are now owners of land, providing them opportunity to achieve better lives.
In addition, DAR has also given the total of P43,495,000.00 to some 977 beneficiaries in the 14 ARB groups under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).
The APCP is a joint project of the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) and DAR-Department of Agriculture (DA) where farmer groups can benefit from production loan without having to go through the tedious loan requirements under the conventional window and at a very low interest per annum.
93 other beneficiaries were also given a total of P1,372,172.00 amount of indemnity claims in the region under the APCP in partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), the PIA report said.
The DAR Caraga has recently commemorated CARP’s 28th year, a social justice platform that began in 1988 during the term of the late Corazon Aquino.