DAR Chief to ARBs: ‘Do not sell your farmlots’

By PHILIPPINE MUSLIM TODAY

DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones hands over to an Agrarian Reform Beneficiary in Oriental Mindoro his Certificate of Land Ownership Award. (DAR Photo)

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) warned all farmer-beneficiaries not to sell their farmlots or they would be stripped off their right to their farmlots and will be confiscated and redistributed to another qualified farmer-beneficiary.

DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones expressed the warning as he handed to each of the 55 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) here their respective individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) recently.

A total of 93 hectares of agricultural lands, located in in this city, and the towns of San Teodoro and Naujan, all in Oriental Mindoro, were distributed during the awarding ceremonies held at the Gov. Alfonso Umali Sr. Gymnasium here.

Castriciones urged the farmer-beneficiaries to do their part by maximizing the potential of their farmlots and be the heroes that they are “for ensuring the availability of food on the table and helping the government attain food security for the country.”

Some P2,200 worth of farm inputs were also distributed to a handful of representatives of agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs), while practicing the DAR “new normal” conducted now in any DAR activities in compliance with the government’s directive on anti-COVID-19 health protocols – such as the wearing of face masks and social distancing.

The farm inputs distributed included 30 bags of organic fertilizer, 30 bags of 25-kilogram complete fertilizer, 60 sachet of Bio-N, 150 sachets of okra seeds, 330 sachets of bean straw seeds, 60 sachets of tomato seeds and 60 sachets of eggplant seeds.

DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Office (SSO), Atty. Emily O. Padilla, said the provision of farm inputs is carried out under the DAR’s productivity assistance program dubbed: “The PaSSOver ARBold Move to Heal as One, Deliverance of our ARBs from the COVID 19 Pandemic.”

“The assistance is intended to vulnerable ARBs who had received their land titles from 2010 up to 2019,” Padilla said.

DAR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Research Office (PPRO) Virginia N. Orogo said the agency is in the process of collating data to determine the country’s agrarian reform beneficiaries, their current condition, and who among them are in need of assistance for the much-needed support services.

Also gracing the simple rites were DAR Assistant Secretary Ubaldo Sadiarin, DAR-Southern Tagalog (Region 4B) regional director Lilibeth Lee, Oriental Mindoro agrarian reform officer Isagani Placido, and some staff. (PR)

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