Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO
II) Geronimo Peque (2nd from left) leads in the distribution
of the 45 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) in
Anahawan town. (Photo by Marpo Luzvimin Ruiz)
CLOAs in Southern Leyte amid COVID-19 threat
FEBE MARIE BERSABAL
July 27, 2020
Leyte – Despite the continuous rise of coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) cases in this province, the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) remained unstoppable in delivering its mandate by distributing
Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to landless farmers.
Last week, 44 landless
farmers from this town received their CLOAs from Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Geronimo Peque making them the
owners now of the land they are tilling.
Peque distributed in
Barangay Cogon the 45 individual CLOAs with an aggregate area of
Municipal Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (MARPO) Luzvimin Ruiz disclosed that the lands
covered by the said CLOAs under the government’s Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) are situated in the Barangays of
Cogon, Mahalo, Amagusan and Tagup-on in this municipality.
According to her, these
lands were previously owned by the Mayo Hacienda, Felomino Gadiongco,
and Dy Tian and Sons.
During the distribution,
Peque emphasized to the recipients the obligations attached to being
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) which include the payment of
land amortization and the real property tax. Further, he advised
them to make the land productive.
encouraged the ARBs to join DAR-assisted ARB organizations (ARBOs)
to be able to avail of the various support services extended by the
On occasions like this,
Peque shared that DAR strictly implements the minimum health
protocol like wearing of face masks and observing social distancing
to protect everyone from contracting the dreaded COVID-19. All
present on that day’s event were subjected to thermal scanner, he
Though the province of
Southern Leyte as of press time has already recorded 104 COVID-19
cases, the town of Anahawan remains COVID-free.