DAR-Agusan del Norte, distributes 628 hectares of land titles
By GIL MIRANDA
and OBET SAMONTE
In an effort to complete land distribution by 2014 based on its phasing schedule provided in CARPER Law, the Department of Agrarian Reform of Agusan del Norte once again transformed 329 from mere farm-workers into landowners. Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) covering of 628 hectares of agricultural land were awarded during the CLOA distribution at Barangay Bugsukan, Butuan City on August 4, 2011.
1st district representative Hon. Jose Joboy Aquino III and City Mayor Hon. Ferdinand M. Amante with the assistance of DAR Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay and Provincial Director Andre B. Atega of DAR Agusan del Norte personally handed-over the certificate of land ownership awards to the beneficiaries.
Sharing the limelight are Mauriel T. Fesalboni, City Agrarian Reform Office Head and Chona Maceda, Development Facilitator in Brgy. Bugsukan.
Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay in a statement that “the department mandated to implement land reforms, indeed, we assure you to give appropriate legal assistance to let you know your rights if any land dispute will occur, and we continously push support services that bring out the best of the agrarian beneficiaries.”
In a simple ceremony, Hon. Jose “Joboy” Aquino lauded the efforts of DAR for their valuable contributions in advancing the cause of agrarian reform specifically on his district and in the province as well.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante encouraged agrarian beneficiaries to develop the land given by DAR and be united in helping the city government’s effort in realizing its dream in becoming Butuan City as the organic center in Mindanao soon.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte is committed to help improve the lives and enhance the welfare of farm workers in the province through the implementation of its land distribution component of Republic Act 9700, the CARPER Law.
Since CARP was launched in 1988, about 28,280 hectares of agricultural lands or 78% of 36,094 of its total working scope are already ditributed to about 15,652 farmer-beneficiaries across the province.
Farmers of Barangay Bugsukan are thankful to DAR and promised to share thier roles in pursuing CARP vigoriusly in order to attain economic productivity.