DAR awards CLOAs to 260 agrarian reform beneficiaries

Published June 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz 

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) awarded on Wednesday, June 24, certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 260 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Department of Agrarian Reform (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Agrarian Reform (MANILA BULLETIN)

DAR Secretary John Castiriciones said the CLOAs covered 394 hectares located in barangays Tarum, Ibid, and Cuyapi.

“The agrarian reform beneficiaries are the new heroes during this time of pandemic. Without them, there can be no food on our tables. And since no vaccine has been discovered yet against the COVID-19 virus, our farmers and ARBs literally became our savior,” Castriciones said.
Assisting the DAR chief in the distribution was Undersecretary for Support Services Emily Padilla.

“You need to enrich the land that was awarded to you by the government. These lands were given to you not just for the benefit of your family. Every square meter of that land were provided to you so you could earn from it and uplift your lives. And if you do well, your families will prosper, and eventually, families who become successful, could help the country to become prosperous also,” Padilla said.

During the event, about P3.8 million worth of farm machinery and equipment were also distributed to three agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Camarines Sur.
The DAR turned over a 3.5-horsepower tractor each to the Malinao Farmers Association and San Vicente Libmanan Farmers Irrigators Association, while the Conception-Umalo Farmers’ Cooperative received a 60-horsepower harvester.

Castriciones said the department, through its Support Services Office (SSO), provided the machinery under the “PaSSOver: ARBOld Move to Heal as One Deliverance of our Farmers from the COVID-19 Pandemic” project.

“This project intends to provide immediate and essential support services to men and women agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and to address the demands affecting the agricultural sector,” he said.

“But most of all, we are here because we want to give hope to our farmers. That even in these difficult times, we are ready to extend help to the best of our ability,” he added.

Relief packs were also given to 2,039 ARBs. The packages contained rice, canned goods, instant noodles, vitamins, bath soaps and washable face masks.

The project also extended its support to five women ARBs who each received an egg-laying machine set worth P15,000 each.

Padilla said the five women ARBs were given priority after they have been identified as having special circumstances, either as single parents, widows, senior citizens, head of households, persons with disabilities, or belonging to a group of indigenous peoples, who undertake farming activities but lost their source of income because of the community quarantine.