DAR distributes land titles to 16 farmers in Masbate
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said a total of 16 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from Mandaon, Masbate already received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs).
The distributed land titles covered at least three landholdings comprising an area of 33.3475 hectares and are situated in barangays Buri and Tagpo.
The landholdings were acquired by the DAR through compulsory acquisition from landowners Aurelio Lucio, Patrocinio Alayon and Simeona Bonayog.
During the activity, Herald Tambal, officer in charge at Provincial Agrarian Reform Program I, urged the newly empowered farmers to take good care of their awarded lands and use it to improve their livelihood and quality of life.
“I suggest you engage in vegetable farming because the demand is high and it is really profitable if done the right way. To become successful in this endeavor, you need to learn new farming technologies and enterprise strategies from our government’s rural development programs, which will be provided by the DAR,” Tambal said.
After the distribution of titles, Land Tenure Services Division Chief Delia R. Amante conducted a lecture on the rights and responsibilities of ARBs.
She reminded the beneficiaries to make their lands productive, pay the amortization to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and as well as the required taxes.