officials headed by Regional Director Sheila Enciso (seated
by the table, 2nd from R) brief the agrarian reform
beneficiaries prior to the latter’s physical installation
into the former Capahi landholdings.
beneficiaries take possession of awarded lands
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
May 11, 2018
ORMOC CITY –
“Nalipay lang ko nga makabalik ko sa akong gitrabaho nga yuta.” (I’m
just happy to be back to the lot I was tilling.)
These were the words
uttered by Clemente Arnaiz when asked why he broke into tears when
the writ of execution issued by Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (PARPO) Renato Badilla was read to them by sheriff,
Joseph Catingub on April 24.
The writ of execution
ordered the installation of the nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
into three landholdings previously owned by Rustico Capahi.
Arnaiz, now 66, together
with the eight other ARBs received their certificates of
landownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) to the above-mentioned properties two decades ago but were
deprived entry by the previous landowner. According to Arnaiz, they
were farmworkers in said landholdings.
DAR made several attempts
to install them but failed due to strong resistance from the
On April 24, with the
support of KAISAHAN, a non-government organization (NGO) assisting
these farmers, the more than two decades of waiting ended when the
nine ARBs were finally installed peacefully into their awarded lots
under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
DAR Regional Director
Sheila Enciso, assisted by Badilla, led the physical installation of
the ARBs into the three Capahi landholdings situated in Barangay
Sabang Bao in this city following an agreement reached between the
DAR management and the previous landowner.
According to Enciso, the
landowner asked the DAR management that they be allowed to choose
their retention area as stated under the law, among others.
Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Perpetua Sabaldan, who takes
charge of the installation activities, disclosed that 26 more actual
tillers in the three landholdings, with an aggregate area of 16
hectares, were likewise identified as potential beneficiaries.
This season, Enciso told
the farmers, “you can already start tilling your respective areas”,
but reminded them not to forget their obligations to pay the tax as
the owners now of the land.
likewise disclosed that in September last year, 39 other ARBs were
also installed into eight landholdings situated in Barangay Balion
with a combined area of 36.8 hectares. The properties were also
owned by the Capahis.