The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to distribute 310 hectares of government-owned lands to farmers in Pampanga.
In a recent dialogue with the farmers of Barangay San Agustin in Magalang town, DAR officials discussed seamless distribution of idle government owned-lands (GOLs), and identify the potential beneficiaries.
The land set for subdivision and distribution is the unused 310-hectare-property of Pampanga State Agricultural University in Magalang.
The project was in line with a directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. through Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III to provide farmers with agricultural lands to boost their economic lives.
Arsenio James Ponce, DAR Central Luzon regional director, said the DAR would begin surveying the properties of PSAU so that they could immediately issue individual land titles to qualified farmer-beneficiaries.
“We ask the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ full cooperation and want their opinions on how we can survey the land faster. We will assess the result of this meeting and apply the best measures to implement this process quickly,” he added.
Ponce disclosed that the idle land would be put to benevolent use to provide a source of livelihood to many farmers, in effect help mitigate poverty in the countryside and contribute to the country’s food security.
The property that are set for distribution to the ARBs beneficiaries will be implemented through Executive Order No. 75 of 2019, mandating all government offices to distribute public lands devoted to or suitable for agriculture for distribution to qualified beneficiaries.