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Benguet gov distributes CLOAs in Kapangan town

by Letty Laoagan

KAPANGAN, Benguet (29 October) -- Governor Nestor Fongwan urged the farmers of this town to take advantage of the free land titling and other services of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to help improve their production that will eventually enable them to compete not only locally but globally.

Fongwan said this during the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) last October 16, in Taba-ao, Kapangan, Benguet.

" It is good that you inherited tax declarations from your forefathers but untitled lots are filled with uncertainties, thus, this free titling is a great help in recognition of permanent ownership or your lands," Fongwan said.

He mentioned that private surveys alone are very expensive. More so with processing that entails payment of several fees in different bureaus or departments until registration, while in CARP, everything is handled by the program in partnership with the concerned offices. Apart from titling under CARP, DAR assists farmers to make their lands productive.

Agricultural Cooperatives Representative Gabriel Toribio agreed and disclosed their initial hesitance when CARP was starting in Tuel, Tublay. However, in due time, they were able to receive infrastructure services like farm-to-market roads, irrigation, rural water supply, post harvest facility, and livelihood and cooperative trainings through the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project funded under the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Atty. Guerrero Felipe of the Register of Deeds advised the recipients to keep their titles properly because once it is lost, issuance of another owners' copy is difficult and takes the services of lawyers as it passes court litigation.

Kapangan mayor Roberto Canuto explained that while the area is under tax declaration, it is owned by the government. When these are titled, the government waives its right in favor of the person identified in the title.

Provincial Assessor Zambrano Soriano, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of payment of Real Property Taxes stressing that it returns to the people through the provincial and municipal School Board.

Other guests in the program included Asst. Regional Director Franklin Cocoy, Operations Regional Chief Dolores Bastian, and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II J. Aquino Gawigawen of the DAR, Vice mayor Lauro Lorenzo with members of the Sangguniang Bayan, and the Municipal Assessor. (DAR-Benguet) [top]

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