BACOLOD City – A total of 327 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) have been installed and received titles on landholdings in four localities in northern Negros Occidental from the last week of November to the first week of December.
A total of 12 farmer-beneficiaries were awarded land titles to 5.85 hectares – previously owned by Arturo de Luzuriaga – in Barangay Caliban, Murcia town on Dec. 4.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program officer (MARPO) Imelda Lazalita led the distribution of the certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to the beneficiaries.
In Toboso, Negros Occidental, a total of 11 ARBs received land titles for 3.68 hectares of land formerly owned by the Rural Bank of Silay in Barangay San Isidro, on Nov. 29.
On Nov. 27, a group of 219 farmer-beneficiaries was awarded CLOAs for a total of 109.88 hectares for two separate landholdings.
The first, also in Barangay San Isidro, was previously owned by Josefina Lizares, Lydia Lizares, Ruby Quitco Junsay, Concepcion Flores, and Rodrigo Mahinay, covering 32.49, 16.11, 20.75, 23.17, and 4.45 hectares, respectively.
The other property in Barangay Tabun-ac, which previously belonged to the Philippine National Bank/Stephen Ampil – has an area of 12.88 hectares.
The installation and distribution of CLOAs were led by MARPO Julieta Mangao.
In Victorias City, a total of 48 ARBs received land titles for 53.029 hectares in Barangay 14 in rites held on Nov. 28.
Meanwhile, a group of 24 sugarcane farmer-beneficiaries was awarded titles to 15.9747 hectares of property in Barangay 10 on Nov. 26. The distribution of CLOAs was led by MARPO Ma. Jade Sollesta.
In Sagay City, a total of 13 ARBs received CLOAs and were installed on a 6.69-hectare property in Barangay Malubon previously owned by Maria Theresa Llavore.
Facilitated by the Department of Agrarian Reform-Negros Occidental I, the series of installation and release of CLOAs were part of the land acquisition and distribution activities under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms.
In mid-November, DAR-Negros Occidental-I also facilitated the awarding of land titles and installed 240 farmer-beneficiaries in the towns of E.B. Magalona and Murcia.(With a report from PNA/PN)