The Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental–South distributed certificates of land ownership award to 45 farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Ayungon in La Carlota recently.
The 32.5448-hectare property, formerly owned by Isidro Lacson, among others, was covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reform through the compulsory acquisition scheme.
Mary Ann Salinog, municipal agrarian reform program officer, who led the CLOA distribution, assured the farmer-beneficiaries that they could depend on the government for much-needed support services that would help maximize the potential of their farms.
“We are encouraging you to form your own cooperative because DAR has packages of support services but one of the conditions to avail of them is to become a cooperative member,” Salinog said.
She also reminded the beneficiaries to exercise diligence in the use, cultivation, and maintenance of the land, including the payment of taxes and amortizations to the Land Bank of the Philippines.
“Be a good steward of the land awarded to you and help us to stop the rampant ‘arienduhanay’ in south Negros Occidental for it is clearly stipulated under our law that any sale, transfer, lease, or any other form of conveyance by a beneficiary of the awarded lots is unlawful, hence, punishable under the law,” Salinog emphasized.*
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