The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed land titles with an aggregate area of 1,057 hectares to 352 farmer-beneficiaries in San Andres, Quezon province on July 9.
Secretary John Castriciones said the vast landholdings, located in barangays Tala and Camflora, have been the subject of contention even during the initial phases of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation.
“The areas are part of the last remaining ‘haciendas’ not only in San Andres, Quezon but in the entire Bondoc Peninsula area,” he added.
During the same event, the DAR also led the distribution of productivity assistance, including planting materials, vegetable seeds, and fertilizers to 60 agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs).
“These provisions are highly significant in achieving food security in the country. These (productivity assistance) would greatly help the farmers in fulfilling their role as frontliners by continually producing and delivering food crops in critical areas affected by the pandemic,” Castriciones said.
Undersecretary Emily Padilla said the assistance is being implemented under “The PaSSOver: ARBOld Move to Heal as One Deliverance of our ARBs from the COVID-19 Pandemic” or the ARBOld Move project.
“The productivity assistance would greatly help the coconut farmers here. We provided these vegetable seeds to intercrop with coconut so they could earn income from it,” Padilla explained.
The productivity assistance was coursed through agrarian cooperatives and farmers’ associations.
Padilla said more than 3,000 farmers in Quezon will benefit from the assistance, of which 2,482 are ARBs.