President Rodrigo Duterte led the distribution of 3,423 certificates of land ownership award, and campaign for the administration’s senatorial candidates in separate events in northern Negros on Friday.
In Sagay City, Duterte was welcomed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, together with Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones and Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino.
He was assisted by Castriciones in the ceremonial distribution of land titles to the representatives of the 2,495 agrarian reform beneficiaries, during the program at Balay Kauswagan scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
DAR said the CLOAs covered 1,609 hectares of acquired land from 141 landowners in eight cities and 11 municipalities in Negros Occidental.
Out of the 2,495 ARBs, 485, who received land titles for 457 hectares, received basic and appropriate support services from the DAR and other concerned national and local government agencies through the Land Tenure Improvement-Program Beneficiaries Development Integration Strategy.
The support services included credit facilitation and availment, capacity development training, provision of common service facilities, livelihood support, agri extension services, program beneficiaries development lawyering and market linkaging, among others.
The remaining 2,010 beneficiaries, who have yet to avail of government services, will undergo social preparation, organizational building and strengthening, enterprise-based development and economic support, and provision of other partnership projects and linkaging with various agencies.