DAR distributes land titles to 510 farmers in Quezon province
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said the long wait is over for 510 farmers in Quezon province who finally received their individual certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the government.
The fast-tracking of the processing and release of CLOAs is among the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to DAR.
Duterte also directed DAR to ensure the release of support programs and services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
The CLOAS awarded covered a total land area of 780 hectares in various municipalities of Bondoc Peninsula, namely Agdangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, Gen. Luna, San Andres, San Francisco and San Narciso. In the Lamon Bay area, the municipalities covered with CLOAs are Atimonan, Calauag, Guinayangan, Gumaca, Lopez, Quezon, and Tagkawayan.
DAR Undersecretary for Policy and Planning David Erro said landlessness and land problems are among the root causes of poverty and conflicts in Quezon.
“Now that our farmers own the land they till, we expect that peace and harmony will now prevail over these areas,” Erro said.
“The mandate of DAR is not limited to land distribution to the farmer-beneficiaries. It is also to ensure the package of support services like livelihood training, farm inputs, and technology to ensure the maximum benefits from their CLOA,” he added.