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DAR gives out over 2,000 land titles in Palawan

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AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III has spearheaded the distribution of land titles to 2,047 farmer-beneficiaries in Palawan under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

A total of 2,047 agrarian reform beneficiaries on Thursday received 2,076 combined individual and electronic land titles and certificates of land ownership from the Department of Agrarian Reform covering 3,957 hectares of agricultural lands in the province.

Estrella said 1,950 e-titles were issued to 1,907 beneficiaries through the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling or Project SPLIT. 

“The 1,907 agrarian reform beneficiaries under the Project SPLIT were previously awarded lands under collective certificates of land ownership award (CCLOAs). This time, they were given individual e-titles after the department went through the process of subdividing the CCLOAs,” Estrella pointed out.

The remaining 126 CLOAs were issued and distributed to 140 farmers.

The DAR chief reminded the farmers of the enactment into law of Republic Act 11953 or the New Agrarian Emancipation Act to free the farmer-beneficiaries from the burden of paying loans extended to awarded agricultural lands under CARP.

“Last year, on July 7, RA 11953 was signed by the President in Malacañang. Agrarian reform beneficiaries, like you who have now been awarded agricultural lands from the CARP, will be free from the obligation of amortization. So let us also thank our legislators for the enforcement of this law,” he said. 

“The next time I return, we will award certificates of condonation to free all of you from your debts,” he added.

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