The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed a total of 1,730 electronic land titles (e-titles) to agrarian reform beneficiaries in the Bicol region.
Former Philippine National Police spokesman Reuben Theodore Sindac, DAR Bicol regional director, spearheaded the distribution of the e-titles covering 2,858 hectares with collective certificates of land ownership award (CCLOAs).
“The CCLOAs were subdivided into e-titles and awarded to 1,730 farmer beneficiaries across the region,” Sindac said.
The e-titles were issued under the agency’s Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) project designed
to improve land tenure security and provide individual land titles to those who have been awarded CCLOAs.
“This was made possible by the Project SPLIT and indicates a brighter direction of the project in the region,” Sindac said.
The distribution activities are anchored on the plans of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. “to empower the farmers and boost the agricultural sector.”
Sindac said from March 2021 to December 2022, the region validated 34,657 hectares of land with CCLOAs, of which 25,960 hectares have been issued with approved survey plans in preparation for individual titling in the upcoming months.
Masbate has achieved the highest accomplishment with 985.33 hectares.
With Masbate leading the way, the province can potentially to become a significant player in the SPLIT implementation in Bicol.
Camarines Norte finished second with 473.14 hectares, while Camarines Sur I closely followed with 455.32 hectares.
Camarines Sur II accomplished 368.59 hectares, Sorsogon achieved 336.11 hectares, and Albay and Catanduanes ended with 197.87 hectares and 41.84 hectares, respectively.
‘These numbers indicate a brighter direction of the Project SPLIT in the region, as evidenced by the recent accomplishments of the different provinces,” Sindac said.
“However, we still have a long way to go, and we must continue to work closely to achieve more in the coming years. In addition to reviewing the accomplishments of the past two years, we must also examine the required budget for this year and beyond, which will have a major impact in attaining our future goals," he said.