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CLOAs distribution marks DAR anniversary in Aklan

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (21 June) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here made 565 Agrarian Reform Benereficiaries (ARBs) happy when it celebrated its 22nd CARP anniversary and 1st year for CARPER by "gifting" them with Certificates of Land Ownerships (CLOAS) on June 18 at the DAR office.

The distributed CLOAs comprised of 183 for new lands benefiting 210 beneficiaries with a total area of 455.8039 and redocumented ones, 425 benefiting 355 beneficiaries with a total areas of 439.4637 (65 CLOAs).

The anniversary celebration also became an opportunity to honor DAR-Aklan's retirees led by Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer I Numeriano M. Cordova, Jr., Gely G. Suganob, Stinely Y. Flores, Maternidad V. Dela Torre and Leticia T. Ibabao.

The activity was graced by DAR 6 Assistant Director for Operation Fely Baņares, who thanked the retirees "for being extraordinarily wonderful in extending help to the least of their brothers and sisters."

Numeriano Cordova, who had been with DAR since the early'90s after working in the Ministry of Human Settlements (MHS) and in local banks, said he enjoyed his job at DAR, because working at DAR made him understand the plight of farmers better."

"When I was with banks, I only looked at farmers who came to us as statistics", Cordova said. I thought once we loaned them money, our duty is ever. Working at DAR, however, and interacting with farmers made me understand their plight better. It is not enough that we give them funds, lands and infrastructure. We have to help them in other aspects, so they could use what the government has laid for them," Cordova said.

He added his life at DAR was very challenging, providing him opportunity to go around Aklan, reaching some areas by crossing the same river 12 times just to meet the farmers, risking life and limb especially when the places are in rebel-infested areas.

For his part, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Atty. Daniel Martelino was all praises for Cordova, who he said had been with him since his days at the Ministry of Human Settlements and the Presidential Management Staff and the Development Bank of the Philippines.

For the past 22 years, DAR-Aklan has established 15 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in most municipalities except in the towns of Batan, Balete and Lezo. It has also provided bridges even in remote areas in the province, and farme to market roads.

DAR also has scholarships offered to ARBs' children and dependents, some graduating with high honors, some gainfully employed while some are still in school. (PIA) [top]

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