230 ARBs installed in southern Negros.
A total of 230 beneficiaries have been installed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in three areas in the fourth district of Negros Occidental this week.
The landholdings are located in Pontevedra town and Bago City under the jurisdiction of DAR-Negros Occidental II, which covers the southern part of the province.
On Friday, the installation of 185 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Antipolo, Pontevedra was facilitated by the DAR Municipal Office headed by Lodivico Guimapang.
The farmer-beneficiaries were given the certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to 385.1958 hectares of land processed under the voluntary offer to sell scheme of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Teresita Mabunay told the ARBs to cultivate and protect their land with the support of the agency.
'We will continue to provide you assistance, along with the local government and our partner-agencies. You can avail of support services like training, farm implements and more,' Mabunay added.
The installation program was witnessed by Mayor Jose Maria Alonso, who told the beneficiaries to tend to their land well and avoid leasing and selling it as either act is a violation of the law.
On Thursday, 23 farmer-beneficiaries were installed on a 14-hectare land in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City.
They were given CLOAs to the property formerly owned by the International Corporate Bank and Global Business Bank.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Melma Hortelano distributed the certificates and subsequently installed the farmers, with the assistance of DAR Bago City personnel Marvin Rubio and Doanne Consumo.
On Monday, 22 ARBs were awarded CLOAs and installed in Barangay Busay, also in Bago City by the team of MARPO Cecilia Alianza and staff Jeanne Margaret Chua and John Aldrin Guilaran.
Both Hortelano and Alianza told the newly installed ARBs to cultivate their land diligently and make it productive and reminded them to pay their annual amortizations and property taxes on time