DAR ends 23-year wait for 112 farmer-beneficiaries in Negros Occidental
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 112 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Bago City, Negros Occidental on Thursday, bringing to a close the more than two decades of waiting to acquire their own lands.
The 152-hectare landholdings formerly owned by Jose Guanzon situated at Barangay Dulao forms part of about 203-hectare aggregated land acquired by the agency in 1994.
DAR-Negros Occidental II, which covers south portion of the province, said it has already organized the recipient-ARBs, and 74 of them are already operating as an organization under the Sta. Rita Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
The cooperative has also availed various support services from DAR and other partner-agencies.
DAR-Negros Island Region Director Stephen Leonidas, who led the CLOA distribution, challenged ARBs to protect and defend their rights over the awarded lands.
“I am happy that at last, after 23 years of waiting, the lands will now be yours. Your success is also our success because we struggled hard for this, so please protect and defend your rights over these lands,” Leonidas said.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia Taberna, reiterated the obligations of ARBs upon receiving their respective land titles.
Taberna said beneficiaries should ensure prompt payment of their annual tax amortizations to the Land Bank of the Philippines, and land taxes to the city government.
They should not also be involved in “ariendo” system which is one of the conditions provided under the agreement contract, she added.(PNA)