A TOTAL of 51.5723 hectares of land were awarded to the 32 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Victorias City through an individual certificate of land ownership award (Cloa) distribution initiated by the Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental - North recently.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Edwin Sanchez, who led the activity held in Barangay 8, explained to the farmers the land acquisition processes the agency has taken.
"You now have your land titles which legalize you as the owners of the land," he told farmer-beneficiaries, urging them to make the land useful to improve their lives.
The 51-hectare land was distributed through Land Acquisition and Distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms.
Through the program, public and private agricultural landholdings are acquired by the government to be distributed to tenants, farmers, farmworkers and other tillers who are qualified to become ARBs.
This is in the form of Cloas, covering one contiguous tract or several parcels of land cumulated up to a maximum of three hectares per ARB.
The land distribution is anchored to the agency's aim to provide lands to landless farmers and farmworkers, guarantee the farmers' land security and deliver social equity thereby ensuring their economic viability and productivity.