Rizal farmers receive land titles, farm machineries
21 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Rizal province recently received their respective certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), while 10 ARB organizations (ARBOs) were given farm machines worth P9.7 million.
DAR Undersecretary for support services Rosalina Bistoyong led the handing over of farm machineries to various ARBOs in the area, while Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of field operations office spearheaded the CLOA distribution.
“With these machines, our agrarian reform beneficiaries can now till their land faster and more efficiently. These [machines] will greatly help in decreasing losses in production and increase their yield and income,” Bistoyong said.
The farm machines consisting of heavy-duty farm tractors, rice reapers, shredders and power tiller cultivators were particularly turned over to 10 ARBOs, which have a combined amount of 1,000 ARB members.
DAR Regional Director Luis Bueno explained that the machines were given as “equipment grant” which will be operated by the farm organization as a business asset where minimal user fees will be collected and will be utilized for the operation and maintenance of the farm equipment.
The project is implemented under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), which aims to transform ARBs into viable entrepreneurs by providing them with support services to increase their income and farming capabilities.
Meanwhile, Bello apologized to the ARBs for the long-overdue distribution. The delays, he pointed out, were due to the long processes of land titling.
He added that DAR is doing its best to issue titles to actual tillers to give them absolute control over their basic resource and in the process, propel progress in the countryside.