The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced on Wednesday the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 506 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Tagpako, Ginoog City, Misamis Oriental.
The CLOAs cover the landholdings formerly owned by Milagros Cuenco, a landed estate covered under Republic Act No. 3844 Series of 1963, also known as the Agricultural Land Reform Code, which abolishes the share tenancy system and emphasizes owner-cultivatorship and farmer independence.
The beneficiaries of the Cuenco estate are tillers of the land for 15 years.
The distribution of the CLOAs is consistent with Administrative Order No. 8 Series of 2016 or the “Guidelines Governing the Completion of Distribution and Titling of Landed Estates under 3844” generating individual CLOAs to farmers who tilled the land for more than a decade.
DAR Northern Mindanao Regional Director Zoraida O. Macadindang said that the CLOA covers a total of 114.4245 hectares of agricultural lands, the coverage of which started when she still the position as the provincial director.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Fatima Aniqa T. Macarambon. J. D. appealed to the farmers to take care and make the land productive and cherish all the support services provided by the government.
“We consider you not just a farmer, but one of the true heroes of our country,” Macarambon said.
Land Tenure Division chief Noel Supremo said the land acquisition process was not an overnight success as it involved a long and painstaking process, but the DAR personnel persevered despite the hardships and succeeded.