DAR installs Davao Oriental beneficiaries
by Elisa Dacula
San Isidro, Davao Oriental (7 October) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently installed 29 agrarian reform beneficiaries in a 30-hectare agricultural lands in the municipality of San Isidro this province.
After settling an almost 10-year resistance and conflicts between the informal settlers and certified ARBs, DAR officials headed by Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer I Saturnino Sibbaluca successfully pushed through with the installation of the ARBs at Barangay La Union.
Sibbaluca said that for the long time of waiting, the beneficiaries finally took position to the lands awarded to them through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
After the installation, Sibbaluca provided the ARBs an orientation and reminders on the beneficiaries' responsibilities as owners of the land now.
He told the farmers that they could now till their own property, and that they will be freed from the burden of working on the land of others.
According to Sibbaluca, owning their lands gives the farmers the opportunity to improve their productivity and increase their income.
One of the ARBs, Natividad Paquibot Villamor, 70, was elated over this development, saying that she could finally farm the land she has been waiting for almost 10 years.
Villamor said she was willing to share the land she benefited from the government with other landless farmers, since she felt the difficulties of living without any resources.
She added that she doesn't want to be the reason for the hardships of other family to be homeless.
Meanwhile Tessie Jumanito, 58, also an ARB said that she can't express the happiness she felt for finally owning the land.
She also extended her gratitude to DAR for successfully installing them despite of the resistance from the informal settlers.
The province of Davao Oriental has already distributed a total of 57,245 hectares out of the target of 64,261 hectares. This involved a total of 31,076 ARBs.
A balance of 7,016 hectares is to be distributed to an estimated 2,400 ARBs in the next years of CARPER implementation. (DAR-XI) [top]