The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) bared Sunday, Jan. 17, acquiring a 70-hectare land in Cadiz City, North Negros Occidental and distributing them to the 62 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) for them to cultivate.
Through its mandate, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Myrna Omaliao explained that “DAR shall acquire public and private agricultural landholdings to be distributed to tenants, farmers, farmworkers, or other tillers who are qualified to become ARBs.”
She added that the ARBs will be provided with titles in the form of certificates of land ownership award “covering one contiguous tract or several parcels of land cumulated up to a maximum of three hectares per ARB.”
Omaliao also noted that DAR is mandated to guarantee the farmers’ land security, deliver social equity, and provide them with the necessary productive resources needed to ensure their economic viability and productivity.
“The covered landholding is formerly owned by Asuncion Agricultural Corporation with Title Number T-25408, covered by Lot No. 839, situated at Barangay Burgos, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental,” DAR said in a statement.
Omaliao said the activity was conducted through the process of Land Acquisition and Distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
“May the year 2021 bring you hope as you are now the owners of the land you have been longing to acquire. Be responsible, take good care of it, and secure that it is free from abuse. Just abide by the laws for you to have a better life,” she added.
Since Negros Occidental is still under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the agency conducted the ceremony observing the minimum health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH).