Landless farmers will no longer have to wait for half a year before their dream to own a lot comes true as the Department of Agrarian (DAR) Reform shortened the six-month process of land acquisition and distribution to four months.
“Now that we have simplified the process of acquiring and distributing lands, we are confident that we can make our agrarian reform beneficiaries’ (ARBs) dream – own a piece of farm lot – come true,” DAR acting-Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Elmer Distor Distor said.
Distor said he understands the sentiments of farmers, many of them have been waiting for so long for the realization of their dreams to own a piece of farm land.
“This is the very reason for the streamlining of the process so that we can shorten the waiting period and make our farmer-beneficiaries happier,” he said.
Undersecretary Carim Panumpang, however, cautioned the farmer-beneficiaries not to sell their farm lots under pain of being blacklisted in any related programs in the future.
“And to those who would dare buy farm lots awarded to our beneficiaries, make no mistake, for we shall repossess the land and redistribute it to deserving farmer-beneficiaries,” Panumpang warned.
Farmer-beneficiaries were also urged to form or join farmers’ organizations so that they could avail support services the government normally courses through these groups.
According to the department, the move is also to conform with President Duterte’s call to hasten land distribution and finish it on or before his term ends in June 2022.