Cebu farmers allowed to farm in 79 hectares of land under CARP
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it has installed 32 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in landholdings in Cebu that was formerly owned by the Paz Luna Corporation.
The landholdings were covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) with a total area of 78.95 hectares.
The agricultural lands are located in Barangays Panugnawan, Medellin, and Dalingding, Daanbantayan in Cebu.
“Through this peaceful installation, we are ensuring that the farmers shall own, possess and actually till the land awarded to them,” said DAR Regional Director Luis B. Bueno.
Bueno said the installation was previously resisted by the landowners themselves as well as by some farmer beneficiaries who were either identified as loyal to the previous owner or who has contracted lease agreement involving their awarded lands.
In his message to the ARBs, Bueno reiterated the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to pursue an “aggressive” land reform program that will help alleviate the life of poor Filipino farmers.
Prior to the actual installation, DAR-Cebu Legal Division official Alvin Arante conducted an orientation for the farmers of their rights, duties, and responsibilities.
Arante told farmers to take good care of the land awarded to them and to refrain from doing what is prohibited under the law, like leasing and selling the land.