172 ARBs installed in northern Negros city

BACOLOD City – 172 farmer-beneficiaries were installed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North in two landholdings at Cadiz City for February.

As of Thursday, the agency reported the installation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangays Mabini and Jerusalem under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

In Mabini, 109 ARBs were installed on February 21 on the property previously owned by Bernadette Gustilo, among others, covering 44.6447 hectares.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Jessan Saquian said in a statement the installation is proof that the DAR is implementing the program mandated by the government as a measure to improve the lives of farmer-beneficiaries.

“Raise issues and concerns on land reform to the authorized agency, which is the DAR,” he told the farmer-beneficiaries.

Last February 13, the DAR in Negros Occidental-North also installed 63 ARBs in Barangay Jerusalem a day after they received their certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs).

The farmer-beneficiaries were given titles to almost 58 hectares of landholdings that used to belong to Honey Lopez Panganiban.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Antonida Yulo oriented the farmers about their rights and obligations as new landowners under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Village councilman Ariel De Erit called on the farmer-beneficiaries to live in unity and harmony, and make their awarded lands productive to improve their lives. (PNA)