DAR releases land titles, infra projects to Zamboanga farmers
As much as 997 exultant agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Zamboanga recently received their certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from the Department of agrarian reform (DAR).
The distributed lands covered some 1,595 hectares located in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Sur.
Together with his top officials, DAR Secretary John Castriciones led the distribution of CLOAs and turned over various rural infrastructure and livelihood projects worth P404 million.
“The CLOAs are just the first step towards more support from the government. We will follow President Duterte’s national goal of improving the economic lives of our farmers by pouring various support services to farm communities,” said Castriciones.
“My marching order from our President is to help our poor farmers and to fight for their rights,” he added.
As for the infrastructure projects, Castriciones said it will benefit more than 10,000 ARBs.
“But not only our farmers, these [projects] would also directly benefit residents, around 23,000 households in Zamboanga peninsula,” he added.
In a short ceremony, the DAR chief also turned over 13 farm-to-market roads, two communal irrigation systems, and one 28.8 linear meter bridge.