Cagayan farmers receive land titles, farm equipment from gov’t
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) and support services to 1,157 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Cagayan Valley.
The agricultural lands covering an area of 2,044 hectares are situated in the provinces of Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Isabela.
DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the issuance of titles shows that the government recognizes the role of farmers as true heroes of the country.
He said President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to pursue a more aggressive agrarian reform program will ensure that farmer-beneficiaries are provided with what they need to uplift their economic lives.
“Where before they were left out by the government, the President will do its best to make them feel loved by providing the needed production loans, farm machineries, seeds, irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and other support services that would enhance their economic activities that would ultimately integrate their economic well-being into the mainstream of society,” he emphasized.
At the same event, Castriciones, assisted by DAR Undersecretary for support services Emily Padilla, led the ceremonial turnover of farm machines which includes harvesters and tractors worth P50.5 million to farm cooperatives in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan.