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Maruhom says CARP land distribution in NorMin now 90.45% complete

by Rutchie Cabahug Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (25 October) -- Funds taken from ill-gotten wealth are being returned to the people in the form of lasting social interventions to alleviate poverty and all pertinent documents and records are open for scrutiny by the public.

Thus clarified Regional Director John M. Maruhom of the Dept. of Agrarian Reform, Region 10 (DAR-10), who said the Administration is in the full stage implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the welfare and benefit of its intended beneficiaries are now being carried out.

He said in Northern Mindanao, a total of 240,671 hectares (has.) of land have been distributed out of the CARP working scope of 266,078 has., thereby posting an accomplishment of 90.45% or a balance of 25,407 has. undistributed as of Dec. 2005.

Of the region's five provinces, Camiguin posted the highest accomplishment of 97.76% for distributing 2,265 has. out of 2,317 has. of the CARP area, followed by Bukidnon with 94.54% or 134,71 has. out of 142,484 has., Misamis Oriental with 87.60% or 28,432 has. out of 32,457 has., Lanao del Norte with 84.94% or 64,463 has. out of 75,894 has. and Misamis Occidental with 83.63% or 10,810 has. out of 12,926 has.

There is now a total of 141,440 farmer beneficiaries (FB) of the CARP in the region, the highest number of whom are from Bukidnon with 77,960 FBs, Lanao del Norte, 29,438 FBs, Mis. Or., 20,629 FBs, Mis. Occ.,11,096 FBs and Camiguin, 2,317 FBs, he said.

Moreover, the region's cumulative area of leasehold operation has reached 107,084.4706 has. and involved 41,210 FBs, as of the period, following this distribution:

Mis. Or., 46,113.7818 has. with 17,886 FBs, Mis. Occ., 25,161.8524 has. with 9,136 FBs, Bukidnon, 22,368.2461 has. with 8,474 FBs, Lanao del Norte, 5,236.3183 has. with 2,454 FBs and Camiguin, 8,204.2720 has. with 3,260 FBs.

Meanwhile, the agrarian reform communities (ARC) established totaled 130 while the number of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) organizations numbered 321 and the ARB membership, 56,194, as of August, this year, Maruhom said.

These ARCs are in the following locations: Bukidnon and Mis. Or, 35 ARCs each, Mis. Occ. 33 ARCs, Lanao del Norte, 20 ARCs and Camiguin, 7 ARCs.

The regional ARC Average Household Income (AHHI) during the period stood at Php82,441 with Mis. Or. having the highest AHHI of Php124,786, followed by Camiguin, Php70,489, Bukidnon, Php67,521, Lanao del Norte, Php65,839 and lowest in Mis. Occ. with Php61,817, Maruhom also said. (PIA 10) [top]

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