By Glen S. Ramos
Farmer beneficiaries proudly display the certificate of ownership during DAR’s land distribution ceremony.
LAL-LO, Cagayan — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed a total of 560 hectares of agricultural lands to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) recently in the town of Lal-lo, Cagayan Valley.
According to DAR Secretary Bernie Cruz, the distributed lands would benefit 546 ARBs from the municipalities of Solana, Lal-lo, and Baggao.
“We owe a lot to our farmers. With all the challenges they faced during the pandemic, they have provided food for the country, and they are still doing that up to now,” Cruz said.
Cruz led the ceremonial distribution of the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs).
Of the 560 hectares distributed, 132 hectares were implemented under the agency’s land acquisition and distribution (LAD), 404 hectares under the President’s Executive Order No. 75, and 23 hectares under the DAR’s Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) Project.
The 404 hectares under E.O. 75 are government-owned lands and were subjected to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
“Acting upon the executive order of President Duterte, we were able to identify government-owned lands that are suitable for agriculture and also for distribution to qualified beneficiaries in the municipality Lal-lo,” Cruz added.
DAR also distributed one hectare of land each to 30 agricultural graduates from the Cagayan State University to encourage the youth to take up farming.
“We hope that through this endeavor, the country’s food security will be achieved”, Cruz concluded. (er/ai/mtvn)