1,940 farmers in Negros receive land titles
A total of 1,940 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the province of Negros Occidental have already received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), a statement showed.
To recall, fast-tracking of the processing and release of CLOAs has been emphasized under the leadership of DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones.
Data provided by DAR Negros Occidental indicated that a total of 1,823.55 hectares of agricultural lands were distributed to the aforementioned beneficiaries, covering 108 landholdings in the 23 municipalities.
According to DAR, the crops that can be planted in these areas include sugarcane, rice, corn, root crops, and mixed trees.
DAR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said 99 percent of the distributed property is private landholdings.
“Almost all landholdings to be distributed in this part of the region are private properties owned by powerful landowners. They have the influence, money, and power to either delay DAR’s coverage of their properties or stop us from harassing or suing our people. But with our utmost dedication and by pooling all our resources, efforts and strategies we can distribute all these lands in the near future,” Leonidas said.