Duterte distributes land to Atis in Boracay

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones, administers the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) at the Manoc Manoc Covered Court of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan on November 8, 2018.

BORACAY – President Rodrigo Duterte distributed a total of 623 land titles in this island and other towns of Aklan yesterday.

The 623 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) consisting of 274.0352 hectares under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program were distributed to 484 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

Six CLOAs were distributed to members of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization. A total of 45 families are expected to benefit from the 3.2064 hectare of land to be distributed.

The 3.2 hectares of land in Barangay Manoc-manoc, Boracay were part of the 7.9 hectares of land originally turned over by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), according to DAR secretary John Castriciones.

Castriciones, in a press conference yesterday, assured Ati beneficiaries of the security of their land ownership.

“There is no need to worry,” he said adding that “Boracay is a government property.”

Castriciones said another 14 hectares of land in Barangay Balabag is being eyed by DAR under agrarian reform.

Meanwhile, aside from Ati tribe, DAR was also set to distribute land titles to Tumandok tribe of Boracay.

Ma. Teresa Valencia, OIC of DAR-Aklan, said at least 31 families were being eyed as beneficiaries among Tumandok tribe.

Meanwhile, aside from Boracay beneficiaries, 33 CLOAs for the 30.2704 hectares of land were also given to 28 families in Barangays Kabulihan and Nabaoy in mainland Malay.

The big bulk of CLOAs, totaling to 534 were distributed to 484 beneficiaries in Barangay Tagas, Tangalan. A total of 183.7194 hectares were distributed to them.

Fifty CLOAs for 56.3245 hectares of land were also given to 50 beneficiaries in four barangays in Buruanga town. (PNA)

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