Undersecretary Karlo Bello hands certificate of land
ownership award (CLOA) to an agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB)
during CLOA distribution in San Julian, Eastern Samar.
Assisting him from left are Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer Gilberto Apilado, Regional Director Sheila
Enciso and Mayor Dennis Estaron.
farmers receive CLOAs from DAR
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
April 23, 2018
SAN JULIAN, Eastern
Samar – Three hundred twenty farmer-tillers from 11 Eastern
Samar municipalities gathered at this town’s covered court on
Monday, April 16, to receive their certificates of land ownership
award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
DAR Undersecretary for
Field Operations Office Karlo Bello handed the 350 individual CLOAs
to the 320 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) as proof of
ownership to the land they are tilling.
Bello, speaking in Cebuano,
said to the ARBs, “you are now landowners. You are lucky because the
land (covered by the CLOAs) is a government-owned land (GOL). You
are not going to pay amortization.” But he stressed to them their
obligation to pay taxes being the owners now of the land.
The CLOAs covered an
aggregate area of 617.9 hectares of agricultural land situated in
the municipalities of Lawaan (32.3 hectares), Balanggiga (19
hectares), Giporlos (27.7 hectares), Quinapondan (19.2 hectares),
Salcedo (22.8 hectares), Dolores (33.8 hectares), Can-avid (18.7
hectares), Borongan (6.4 hectares), Maydolong (76.5 hectares),
Balangkayan (3.9 hectares) and San Julian (357.2 hectares).
Regional Director Sheila
Enciso advised the ARBs to take care of their awarded land because
the DAR personnel risked their lives in covering these lands under
the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) so they could be
distributed to them.
Brothers Geronimo and
Tomas Batula Jr. from Maydolong, both received CLOAs, could not hide
their happiness. According to them they had been waiting for their
land titles for the past 10 years. They can’t believe that the
document is already in their hands.
Spouses Argie and Maureen
Osias from San Julian, brought with them their two children to
celebrate the occasion. According to Argie, they derive income from
the 2.5 hectares planted to rice and coconut that was awarded to
Remedios Guardiana from
San Julian though thankful for finally receiving her CLOA, asked
that they also be blessed with support services which is part of the
implementation of CARP; while 89-year old Delfina Apita from Dolores
was just silent but obviously happy with the sweet smile in her
DAR-Eastern Samar chief of
the Legal Division Atty. Brian Lassiter reminded the ARBs during the
said occasion of their obligations, responsibilities and prohibited
acts as well as rights and privileges, emphasizing not to sell their
awarded lands within 10 years.
Agrarian Reform Program Officer Gilberto Apilado encouraged them to
join agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) to be able
to avail of the various support services extended by DAR.
Meanwhile, Mayor Dennis
Estaron thanked DAR not only for choosing this municipality to be
the venue of this activity but for uplifting the quality of life of
the farmers wherein San Julian has the most number of recipients.
Likewise, He thanked DAR
for the rural infrastructure projects implemented in his
municipality. This town has been a recipient of four farm-to-market
roads and an agricultural warehouse, all implemented under the
Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP).