DAR chief awards 1,441
hectares of lands to Bicolano farmers, turns over P48 million infra projects
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 30 - The Department of Agrarian Reform distributed
1,441 hectares of agricultural land to some 858 agrarian reform
beneficiaries (ARBs) in Bicol during the recent visit of Secretary Rafael
“Ka Paeng” Mariano in Camarines provinces, December 8-9, 2016.
Ka Paeng personally handed the certificates of landownership award (CLOA) to
the ARBs from the six provinces of the region, held in two occasions.
First part of distribution was done at the Amphitheater Agro Sports &
Cultural Center in Daet, Camarines Norte wherein ARBs from the
municipalities of Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes,
Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, and Sta. Elena came in full force
to receive their CLOA individually from Ka Paeng himself, assisted by
regional director Luis B. Bueno, Jr. and Camarines Norte provincial chief
Roseller Olayres. The occasion was also graced by Basud Mayor Adrian Davocol
and Governor Jonah Pimentel represented by Mr. Alvin Tallado.
Ka Paeng awarded the remaining land titles at the Milaor Municipal Covered
Court in Milaor, Camarines Sur, during the 2nd leg of his first day visit in
the region. The agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the provinces of
Albay, Camarines Sur 1 and 2, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon came all the
way to the site to attend the simple awarding rites, and meet the Secretary
in person. RD Bueno together with his assistant regional directors and
respective provincial executive committees headed by its provincial agrarian
reform program officers were also in attendance for the significant event.
Sec. Mariano in his speech advised the new ARBs to cherish the land granted
to them, take care of it, make it productive, and keep it in their
possession for a long time since losing their farmlands would defeat the
purpose of the government’s agrarian reform program. He also assured that he
will continue to protect the rights of the farmers under his administration,
and urged to strengthen the Barangay Agrarian Reform Committees (BARC).
“Pagyamanin natin ang lupang iginawad sa atin, huwag nating hayaang mawala
ito sa atin. Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa pagpapunlad ng ating kabuhayan;
makabitaw sa tanikala ng pagkakabaon sa utang, makaipon, at sa huli’y
makatulong din sa kapwa natin magsasaka na mapagaan ang kanilang buhay,” he
encouraged, in Filipino language.
Prior to the land title distribution, Ka Paeng also led the walk-through and
turn-over of the more than P48 million worth Agrarian Reform Communities
Project Phase II (ARCP II) in Camarines Norte.
Said completed ARCP II projects include the concreting of six (6)
farm-to-market roads in barangays Iberica, Lugui, Mabilo, and Macogon in
Labo town; barangay Tuaca-San Pascual, and barangay Caayunan in Basud town;
and; likewise, the construction of one (1) warehouse with office in barangay
Laniton in Basud town.
The above-mentioned projects are just part of the 58 total subprojects
allocated to Camarines Norte with fund release of almost half a billion
pesos through a loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with
support from the national government through its National Assistance for
Local Government Units or NGALGU. (DAR)