The Department of Agrarian Reform has awarded 236.83-hectare government-owned land to 252 farmers in Davao de Oro.
Secretary John Castriciones lauded DAR’s provincial office for personally handing out land titles to 252 farmer-occupants of the Davao National Agricultural School-Technical Education and Skills Authority (DNAS-TESDA) in Barangay Prosperidad, Montevista.
The 350 certificates of land ownership award covering 236.83 hectares of agricultural lands were personally delivered to the homes of the farmer-occupants who were identified as qualified as agrarian reform beneficiaries of the 250-hectare government-owned land in the town of Montevista.
The delivery of land titles was done through the “Serbisyong DAR to DOOR,” one of the flagship programs of Castricioned amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have learned that these ARBs have been tilling these lands, planted with bananas, cacao and falcata trees for 30 years, and we have thought of rewarding their noble deeds by giving them these properties by personally delivering the CLOAs right at their doorsteps,” the DAR chief said.
The lands were distributed through Executive Order No. 75, which was issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in February 2019.
“This is the first government-owned land in Davao Region under EO 75 and we were able to facilitate the speedy acquisition and distribution of the land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP),” assistant regional director Melchor Jamora said.