The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has received 622 hectares of agricultural lands from the Cagayan State University (CSU) for distribution to qualified farmer-beneficiaries in Cagayan province.
DAR Secretary John Castriciones and CSU Vice-President Fr. Ranhilio Aquino last Sept. 17 led the signing of a deed of transfer validated by both institutions of coverable government-owned lands.
“This signing of the deed of transfer signifies the beginning of empowerment of our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in this province. They would till the lands awarded to them without the fear of them getting ejected from these properties,” Castriciones said in a statement.
The DAR chief said they would provide the necessary support services to the recipients to make their lands productive, improve their economic lives.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Arthur Faeldon said the department is committed to improve the lives of the people in the countryside, “the very reason why the DAR provincial office worked hard to make this undertaking happen.”
Faeldon said DAR requested an area of 549 hectares from CSU Lallo campus and 73 hectares from CSU Piat campus, which are the subject of the deed of transfer that would be covered and awarded to qualified beneficiaries under Executive Order (EO) 75.
EO 75 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 15, 2019 directing all departments, bureaus, offices, and instrumentalities of government to identify lands owned by the government devoted to or suitable for agriculture for distribution to qualified beneficiaries.
Under the order, the government “shall govern the identification, validation, segregation, transfer and distribution of all government-owned lands, devoted to or suitable for agriculture and which are no longer actually, directly and exclusively used or necessary for the purpose for which they have been reserved or acquired for the purpose of eventual distribution to qualified beneficiaries.”
Also present during the signing of the deed of transfer were DAR Undersecretaries Emily Padilla, Virginia Orogo, David Erro, and Carim Panumpang, Assistant Secretary Milagros Isabel Cristobal, Cagayan Valley Regional Director Samuel Solomero, and Assistant Director Alfredo Lorenzo Jr.