SAN NARCISO, Quezon – After more than two decades of struggle fighting for land, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) finally granted 1,270 hectares of agricultural land to 434 farmer-beneficiaries in Quezon province.
The recipients of the certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) are from Bondoc Peninsula, considered as the province’s agrarian hotspot.
The 434 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are residents from the towns of San Narciso, San Andres, San Francisco, Buenavista and Mulanay.
844.23 hectares of landholdings are covered by this reform. Including 213.62 hectares in Barangay Tala and Barangay Camflora, both in San Andres town; 172.72 hectares in Barangay Busok-busokan and 16.76 hectares in Barangay Vigo Central in San Narciso; and 22.28 hectares in Barangay Tayuman in San Francisco.
The large part of redistributed landholdings were from Hacienda Reyes property.
DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong together with Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello led the CLOA distribution ceremony on Wednesday, October 25 in at the municipal gymnasium of San Narciso town.
“This triumph is not only for ourselves but for our children and the future of the next generation,” Bistoyong said as she read the message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
In his message, President Duterte emphasized the need to fast-track the distribution of lands to the landless farmers in the country.
Support services, on the other hand, will soon be provided to the ARBs in the area, Bistoyong added.
Among the support programs that DAR will immediately implement include the distribution of P2.5 million worth of seedlings and farm machineries.
She also encouraged the ARBs to develop their lands and told them not to mortgage or sell the same.
“Ang biyaya ng lupa ay simula pa lamang. Hindi natin ito dapat gawing dahilan upang maging mapagmataas at makasarili. At lalong hindi natin dapat sayangin ang biyayang ito. Bagkus gawin natin itong instrumento upang magkaisa at sama-samang mapaangat ang antas ng ating pamumuhay at ang kalagayan ng ating bansa,” she said.