DAR awards 560 hectares of agri lands to ARBs in three Cagayan Valley towns

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 560 hectares of agricultural land to farmers in three towns and turned over a P33.3 million worth of bridge project in Allacapan town in the Cagayan Valley region during a simple ceremony on Wednesday, May 11.

In a news statement, DAR Secretary Bernie Cruz said the distributed lands would benefit 546 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) from the municipalities of Solana, Lal-lo, and Baggao.

Cruz, who led the ceremonial distribution of the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in Lal-lo, said farmers have played important roles in saving the community in Lal-lo, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We owe a lot to our farmers. With all the challenges they faced during the pandemic, they have provided food for the country, and they are still doing that up to now,” Cruz said.

A total of 132 hectares were distributed under the agency’s land acquisition and distribution (LAD), 404 hectares under the President’s Executive Order (EO) 75, and 23 hectares under DAR’s Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) Project.

Cruz said that the 404 hectares under EO 75 are government-owned lands (GOLs). The DAR chief explained that the distribution of GOLs was made possible with President Duterte’s signing into law of Executive Order (EO) 75, Series of 2019, on February 1, 2019, which prompted DAR to quickly facilitate the process of subjecting the said lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“Acting upon the executive order of President Duterte, we were able to identify the Cagayan State University, a government-owned land, that is suitable for agriculture for distribution to qualified beneficiaries in the municipality of Lal-lo,” Cruz said.

The DAR also distributed one hectare of land each to 30 agricultural graduates to encourage other youth to take up farming.

“We are also proud to award today 30 hectares to 30 agricultural graduates, most of them graduated from the Cagayan State University, to encourage young people to engage in farming. We hope that through this, the country’s food security will be achieved,” Cruz said.

The DAR also issued CLOAs to 35 ARBs from a landholding located in Baggao. The land titles covering a combined area of 23 hectares of agricultural land were taken from collective CLOAs that were subdivided recently by DAR under Project SPLIT.

Also turned over was a metallic bridge worth P33.3 million located in Barangay Pacpac in Allacapan town.

DAR Regional Director Samuel Solomero said the bridge would help some 2,000 residents, 352 of which are ARBs.

“With this bridge, our farmers can now easily transport their agricultural products from various markets and trading centers,” Solomero said.

The bridge is implemented under “Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo,” a joint project of DAR, Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Allacapan.