DAR-Leyte nears completion of land distribution to farmer beneficiaries
By Neil D. Lopido
Tacloban City (5 December) -- Three years from now, the land distribution of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Regional Office No. VIII under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) will be completed in the province of Leyte to wipe out balances.
To beat the deadline, Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Enrique Granados III works double time by sending three teams to conduct special operations particularly in the towns of MacArthur, Kananga, Palompon, Matag-ob, and Albuera.
These five municipalities cover some 1,400 hectares of private agricultural lands believed to be the remaining balances to be distributed to landless farmers in said towns.
DAR Regional Director Tiburcio Morales, Jr. explained that these 1,400 hectares of land will be taken from the excess of the retention limits of every landowner as required under Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).
According to Director Morales, under this law, each landowner is allowed only to own up to a maximum of five hectares of agricultural land in order to have equal distribution of wealth in the country and likewise eradicate poverty in the countryside in support to the poverty alleviation program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Leyte has a total working scope of 183,533 hectares of land to be distributed to landless farmers where 77 percent of this or 141,945 hectares had already been issued with Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) to some 86,919 farmer beneficiaries.
For this year, the province of Leyte is expected to distribute some 7,200 hectares of private agricultural lands and as of October, 3,523 hectares had already been distributed.
This laudable efforts of the Department of Agriculture is envisioned towards a nation of empowered agrarian reform beneficiaries, urban poor, indigenous people and communities who are directly and effectively managing sustainable economic, socio-cultural, and political development where there is equitable land rights, and with due regard to the rights of other stakeholders, for improved and dignified quality of life for all. (PIA-8/DAR-8) [top]