DAR installs Ormoc farmers on land deprived to them for 20 years
It was a day of jubilation for nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) after experiencing 20 long years of struggle just to till the land awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
This came after the DAR has finally succeeded in installing them to three landholdings previously owned by Rustico Capahi.
DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the nine ARBs received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) two decades ago but were deprived of entry by the previous landowner.
Enciso said they were farmworkers in said landholdings.
“Through the years, we have made several attempts to install them but failed because of the persistent resistance of the landowner to follow the CARP,” said Enciso.
On April 24, with the support of KAISAHAN, a non-government organization assisting the farmers, the 20 years of waiting ended when the nine ARBs were finally installed peacefully into their awarded lots.
Enciso led the physical installation of the ARBs to the three Capahi-landholdings situated in Barangay Sabang Bao in this city following an agreement reached between the DAR management and the previous landowner.