SAN JULIAN, E. Samar, April 23 (PIA)-- Some 320 farmers from nine towns in Eastern Samar finally own the land they till.
CLOA HOLDERs. Farmer-beneficiaries of DAR proudly show their land titles during the distribution of 320Certificates of Land Ownership Award(CLOA) on April 16, 2018 in San Julian, Eastern Samar. (NBQ/E-Samar)
On April 16, officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) went to San Julian town for the distribution, where 186 beneficiaries come from.
Mano Nicasio Quirante, 62, said that he remembers his father who tilled the land that he and his brothers now are tending.
He was given the title to own some 21,775 square meters of coconut land. He added that before Typhoon Yolanda, he could gather some 2,000 nuts for copra processing, but the typhoon destroyed at least half of the trees. Presently, he can only gather some 1,000 nuts for copra.
Another beneficiary, Jovencio Estaron, 70 years old, now owns a 29,000 square-meter land. He shared his gratitude to the government that he now owns the title of the lot he has tilled since his 16thbirthday.
"Bata pa para-uma na ako," (I started farming at a young age)," he beamed.
Also, 89-year old Delfina Apita said that at her age, said she could no longer till the land she and her parents cultivated decades ago but felt happy that before her final call, she got hold of her land title.
CLOA HOLDER. Lola Delfina Apita, 89, says that before her final call, she held the document that will tell the world that she is one happy owner of the land that sustained her family. On April 16, Delfina with some 319 others received their CLOAs from DAR.(NBQ/E.Samar)
During the distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), Lawyer Bryan Lassiter, chief of the legal division of DAR-Eastern Samar, told the farmer-beneficiaries that they can have access to loans to develop their farms.
He, however, encourage them to take care of the lots and uphold their responsibilities and discouraged them of the differentprohibitions like selling and converting the land awarded by DAR.
He also added that DAR has some support services that can assist the farmers as they continue tilling their lands. He reminded them to embrace the modern methods of farming to ensure productivity.
Gilbert Apilado, head of DAR Eastern Samar, also asked them to organize themselves so that support can reach them fast.
Apilado also announced that there are some roads in San Julian town going to the farms that are from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program like the Layog-Casoroy Road and the Campidhan-Putong Road.
DAR Undersecretary Karlo Bello was also present in the CLOA distribution. In his message, he shared the happiness of the farmers.
"Makalilipay gyud ang makadawat ug titulo," (It sure makes us happy to receive land titles)he said.
"Pinanangga mo ni Presidente kay silingan ninyo ang Southern Leyte nga iyang birthplace," (The President loves you because you are neighborswith his birthplace, Southern Leyte) Bello added.
He also informed that on April 2, he was in Sultan Kudarat with President Rodrigo Duterte who distributed 5,000 CLOAs.
He said that the President himself asked DAR to facilitate the distribution of CLOAs nationwide. (JNPD/NBQ/PIA 8-E Samar)
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