July 16, 2024

The Department of Agrarian Reform-Benguet distributed 131 Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) with a total of 83.2823 hectares of land to 130 agrarian reform beneficiaries on June 18.

Also, 380 e-titles covering 234.7606 hectares were given to 293 agrarian reform beneficiaries from Atok, Itogon, Kapangan, Kibungan, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay on the same date, at the Benguet State University gym.

Distribution of the e-titles and CLOAs is a milestone in empowering farmers and advancing agrarian reform in the region.

The event not only provides legal land ownership, enabling the beneficiaries to secure a stable future for their families, but also highlights the collaborative efforts of government agencies and local officials in promoting sustainable agriculture and community development.

The support from the DAR and other stakeholders underscores the ongoing commitment to improving the lives of farmers through comprehensive agrarian reform initiatives.

During the distribution, DAR-Cordillera Director Samuel S. Solomero emphasized the significance of these titles, stating that they are provided at no cost to the beneficiaries.

He also assured them receiving their titles from the Project Support to the Parcelization of the Land for the Individual Titling (Split) that the New Agrarian Emancipation Act will absolve their debts accumulated under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

More support services and programs, including farm machineries, equipment, and training, will be provided to all beneficiaries.

Naguey, Atok Punong Barangay Elpedia Alos, also a beneficiary expressed her community’s gratitude, noting the positive impact of legal land ownership on the farmers’ lives.

Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa mga staff na nagpupunta sa amin maski anong mga hindrance, hindi sila nagsu-surrender. Buong puso po ako nagpapasalamat para sa mga kapwa magsasaka ng Benguet. Nawa po sa mga darating pang mga araw ay mas marami pang mga katulad naming magsasaka ang mabigyan ninyo ng ganitong pagkakataong mapasakanila rin nang buo ang mga lupa na kanilang sinasaka,” Alos said.

He echoed the message of Solomero about the support services to come their way as beneficiaries to give better opportunities for them and continue innovation in their livelihood.

Gretchen Alunes, a beneficiary from Kapangan expressed gratitude for finally legally owning the land farmed by her forefathers.

“With this project, you have truly allowed us to farm our own legacy.”

CLOA recipient Jose G. Bayas, Jr. is thankful for the opportunity and requested help with the processing of their other lands, highlighting the need for support and collaboration.

He discussed the broader benefits of land ownership, including economic growth and community development.

DAR Legal Affairs Office OIC-Asst. Secretary Eugene P. Follante explained DAR’s process in acquiring these titles and emphasized that DAR’s support services will continue as long as the beneficiaries establish their organization for improved services.

He encouraged the beneficiaries not to sell their land but to become successful farmers.

Benguet Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer 2 Lailani A. Cortez highlighted the importance of collaboration with local government units and partner agencies.

DAR Asst. Regional Director for Administration Virginia D. Aycud encouraged the beneficiaries to safeguard their titles as a proud achievement in their livelihood as landowners, adding they have more to look forward to. – Press release