The Department of Agrarian Reform has installed 62 farmer-beneficiaries in a 70-hectare land in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental in Eastern Visayas.
The covered landholding is formerly owned by Asuncion Agricultural Corp. with title no. T-25408 covered by Lot No. 839, situated in Barangay Burgos.
Myrna Omaliao, municipal agrarian reform program officer, said the activity was conducted through the process of land acquisition and ristribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
“Through its mandate, the DAR shall acquire public and private agricultural landholdings to be distributed to tenants, farmers, farmworkers, or other tillers who are qualified to become agrarian reform beneficiaries. These ARBs will be provided with titles in the form of certificates of land ownership award covering one contiguous tract or several parcels of land cumulated up to a maximum of three hectares per ARB,” she said.
The agency is also mandated to guarantee farmers’ land security, deliver social equity and provide them with the necessary productive resources needed to ensure their economic viability and productivity.
“May the year 2021 bring you hope as you are now the owners of the land you have been longing to acquire. Be responsible, take good care of it, and secure that it is free from abuse. Just abide by the laws for you to have a better life,” Omaliao said.
Since Negros Occidental is still under the modified general community quarantine, the department conducted the ceremony observing the minimum health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Department of Health.