The Department of Agrarian Reform on Friday ordered the release of titles to farmer-beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program pending amortizations.
Secretary John Castriciones issued DAR Administrative Order No. 5 of 2019, saying all original of the owner’s duplicate copies of land titles provided under the land reform program shall be turned over to the farmer-beneficiaries even to those who have pending amortizations.
“This within a month of effectivity of DAR’s latest administrative order,” the agency said.
The order directed all owner’s duplicate copies of registered certificates of landownership awards and emancipation patents “shall not be pledged or placed in the custody of another entity, pending the full payment of the amortizations of the land.”
Instead, these titles “shall be released immediately by the provincial agrarian reform office to the farmer-beneficiaries upon registration and receipt thereof from the Register of Deeds,” the order stated.
Before the new order, the original owner’s duplicate copies of the CLOAs and EPs were required to be surrendered to the Land Bank of the Philippines serving as the mortgagee-bank.
Lands awarded by the government shall be paid by agrarian reform beneficiaries to the Land Bank in 30 annual amortization at 6 percent interest per annum.