of the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs)
distributed in Catarman, Northern Samar recently pose during
photo opportunity with DAR Undersecretary for Field
Operations Office Karlo Bello and DAR-8 Regional Director
Samar farmers receive CLOAs from DAR
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 4, 2018
Samar – Two hundred twenty-six landless famers from three
Northern Samar towns turned landowners as they received certificates
of landownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian
Reform (DAR) on May 24.
DAR Undersecretary for
Field Operations Office Karlo Bello handed the 226 individual CLOAs
to the same number of farmer beneficiaries at the University of
Eastern Philippines (UEP) gymnatorium.
The CLOAs covered an
aggregate area of more than 435 hectares of both private and
government-owned lands situated in the towns of Catarman, Bobon and
Lope de Vega.
Bello in his message
disclosed that he issued a memorandum directing DAR field offices to
review its scope and look for more private and government owned
lands that could still be covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Program’s (CARP’s) land distribution component per
instruction from the president.
According to Bello,
President Duterte is looking into the possibility of extending this
program of the government so that more landless farmers could still
benefit from it.
Director Atty. Sheila Enciso reminded the CLOA recipients of their
obligation to pay the real property tax for they are the landowners
now, and to pay the amortization for the beneficiaries of
Further, she encouraged
the beneficiaries to join agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO)
in their area to be able to avail of the various support services
extended under CARP.
Likewise, Governor Jose
Ong, who graced the occasion, assured the agrarian reform
beneficiaries (ARBs) of the support from the provincial government
for it has also programs for the farmers, he stressed.
Due to excitement, couple
Joel and Enelita Miano who are both CLOA recipients from Bobon were
already at the venue as early as 10 o’clock in the morning though
the distribution rite was to start at one o’clock in the afternoon,
while Estela Bedeo, 79, thanked DAR for she was able to receive a
title to the land she had been tilling for years. According to her,
she was happy that they were deprived from paying the processing of
the title, but stressed that she will pay the amortization and the
real property tax.
Dolores Dato, of the Legal
Division, explained to the ARBs their rights and obligations as well
as prohibited acts emphasizing not to sell their awarded lands
within 10 years.
In closing the program,
DAR provincial chief Nida Abelido left a strong and clear message to
the ARBs. She said “wag ninyo ibebenta ang lupa dahil ang pera
pagdating ng panahon medaling maubos. Ngunit ang lupa ay
magpapasalin-salin sa ating mga apo at anak na magbibigay ng pera.
Bungkalin ninyo ang lupa. Pagyamanin ninyo para madami kayong ani na
kikita at gaganda ang buhay.”