1,680 farmers in Sultan Kudarat receive land titles
To encourage farmers to become more productive, President Rodrigo Duterte recently distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 1,680 jubilant agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Sultan Kudarat.
“The Philippines is nothing without you, our farmers. You feed the nation kaya idol ko kayo,” sais Duterte, who encouraged the farmers to be more productive now that the land is theirs.
The President also emphasized to the local government officials present during the ceremony the importance of credit assistance and provision of support services to farmers.
“Importante na may access to credit at mga makinarya sa pagsasaka ang mga magsasaka natin,” Duterte said.
Together with Agrarian Secretary John Castriciones, Duterte led the distribution of CLOAs covering 4,266 hectares of agricultural land located in Laguilayan, Isulan.
Castriciones said that of the 1,680 ARBs, 1,396 are Maguindanaons, 227 are from the Manobo tribe and 57 are Ilocanos and Ilonggos.
“We are overflowing with happiness. We thank President Duterte for this land. Sa tagal ng paghinintay napa-saamin din ang lupa,” said Mohamad Dondoy, a Manobo tribal chieftain.