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June 20, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 93 views

With accelerated release of 1 million CLOAs to ARBs

CAMARINES Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has cited President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. for his heightened efforts in energizing the agricultural sector and lifting our farmers from poverty, notably the accelerated issuance of land titles to beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to meet his goal of completing land reform by 2028.

With Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Conrado Estrella III on the same page with the President on improving the lives of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and revving up the rural sector, Villafuerte sees Mr. Marcos delivering on his target of completing the long-winding CARP on his watch by distributing a million Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) and electronic or e-land titles before he leaves office in four years’ time.

“Given the accelerated issuance of CLOAs and e-titles to CARP beneficiaries on his watch, we are hopeful that our President and the DAR can finally complete the CARP by the time Mr. Marcos leaves Malacañan Palace in 2028,” said Villafuerte, National Unity Party (NUP) president and former governor, after the President led the recent distribution of land titles to almost 2,000 ARBs in Bicol at the Fuerte Sports Complex here in Camarines Sur’s capital municipality of Pili.

“As aptly pointed out by the President, the distribution of CLOAs or e-titles is key to poverty reduction in the countryside because it will open opportunities for ARBs to improve their lives while remaining as farmers—and hopefully encourage their children and their children’s children to continue tilling their lands for the good of Philippine agriculture,” added the congressman representing CamSur’s second district in the House of Representatives.

The presidential trip to CamSur was the Chief Executive’s third official visit to the province in a span of just 15 months.

The first time the President visited CamSur was in March 2023 for the groundbreaking of a pioneering 25-storey socialized housing project that marked the first partnership of the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) with a provincial LGU (CamSur), and the opening of the first Kadiwa ng Pangulo outlet in Bicol.

The second visit was in September last year for the nationwide launch of the President’s Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) caravan.

Villafuerte pointed out in his speech that the three visits of the President to launch several of his premier projects indicate that CamSur and its people are truly part of his Bagong Pilipinas vision, where no Filipino is left behind in the quest for a prosperous and peaceful Philippines.

Alongside the accelerated CLOA distribution program, Villafuerte said that the President’s commitment to uplifting the lives of ARBs have been demonstrated in his issuance on his 65th birthday in 2022 of Executive Order (EO) No. 4 declaring a moratorium on the amortization payments of ARBs, and enactment in July 2023 of Republic Act (RA) 11953, which condoned for good all the unpaid loans plus interests of CARP beneficiaries.

RA 11953, or the New Agrarian Emancipation Act, has freed an estimated 600,000 farmers from their agrarian reform-related debts, said Villafuerte, a co-author of this law.

During the same event at the Fuerte complex, President Marcos led the distribution of a total of 2,115 land titles covering a combined 3,328 hectares of agricultural land to 1,965 ARBs in CamSur and the other provinces of Bicol.

President Marcos and Estrella distributed 810 CLOAs generated under the DAR’s regular CARP and 1,305 e-titles under its Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling Project (Project SPLIT) for farmer-beneficiaries in CamSur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon.

In addition to the land titles, President Marcos likewise turned over to ARB organizations (ARBOs) a slew of machinery and equipment, including a compact rice mill with a polisher, 35HP harvester, corn sheller, feed mixer, hammer mill, motorized hauler, 4WD tractor, hand tractor and palay thresher.

The President handed over, too, 9 completed and ongoing farm-to-market (FMR) roads worth a total of P218 million to the ARBOs and local government units (LGUs) of CamSur.

The Chief Executive also gave financial assistance worth P162 million to Bicolano farmers and fisherfolk affected by El Niño, of which P50 million was turned over to CamSur Gov. Vincenzo Renato Luigi Villafuerte for the beneficiaries in the province.

In a continuation of the Marcos-Estrella legacy in agrarian reform, Estrella assured the people of the support of the President and of DAR in empowering ARBs through land ownership distribution and the implementation of intervention programs to uplift the lives of farmers and their families.

Estrella’s grandfather, the late Conrado Estrella Sr., had served as agrarian reform minister who was in-charge of implementing the land reform program that was mounted by Mr. Marcos’ father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

President Marcos last year sought the completion of CARP by directing the DAR to distribute a million CLOAs by 2028.

In keeping with that goal, President Marcos said in his speech that his government aims to distribute more than 60,000 CLOAs to farmers this year, of which 30,000 land titles were awarded already over the January-May period and another 36,000 by end-2024.

“The CLOA and e-titles will serve as a bridge to more opportunities,” President Marcos said in his speech.

To complement this CARP goal, the President said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) will continue the construction of FMRs and agro-processing facilities, improvement of irrigation systems and other infrastructure, promotion of science-based and climate-resilient farming technologies, and implementation of other programs that similarly support the agriculture value chain.