One hundredsixteen newly-certified agrarian reform beneficiaries receivedtheir Certificates of Land Ownership Award or CLOAs from the Department of Agrarian Reform-South in La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, Wednesday.
The 116 ARBs are now the owners of the 46.7400 hectares landholding located in Brgy. Lalagsan, La Castellana, a property formerly owned by the Anita Arregui Agro Business Ventures Inc.
DAR municipal agrarian reform program officer Bethereza Zamora congratulated the ARBs and encouraged them not to stayonly as mere program recipients but to strive to become developed and empowered agrarian reform beneficiaries.
She reminded the ARBs to promptly perform their obligations, such as payment of amortizationsto the Land Bank of the Philippines, the payment of the annual land taxes, and to cultivate their land to make it productive.
“The DAR and the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Sustainability Program division encourage ARBs to form into organizations to avail of bundles of support services, and we are appealing to them not to engage in ‘ariendo' system,” Zamora said, adding that under section 49 (J), of DAR Administrative Order 7, series of 2011, the sale, transfer, or lease of the awarded land is a ground for disqualification.
“The aim of the program is to alleviate each ARB from the bondage of poverty,” Zamora added.
The awarding of CLOAs to the 116 ARBs of La Castellana is the first for DAR-2 for 2018.*
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