THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North has distributed certificates of land ownership award (Cloas) to eight agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Murcia town recently.

Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Imelda Lazalita, who led the activity, said the agency is one with the celebration of the ARBs' success.

Lazalita said the DAR is true to its mandate of providing social justice to the farmer-beneficiaries.

"As you become the new landowners of the land, we mark this day as a big step to improve your lives," she told the ARBs.

The landholding formerly owned by Racliz Development Corporation has a total area of 10.4095 hectares located at Barangay Blumentritt.

It was covered through Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (Carper).

In its mandate, 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.

This is anchored on the agency's aim to provide lands to landless farmers and farmworkers, guarantee the farmers' land security, deliver social equity, and provide them with the necessary productive resources needed to ensure their economic viability and productivity.

"Such continuous field activities conducted by the agency are evidence that despite the inconveniences brought by the pandemic, the service for the Filipino people lives on," DAR-Negros Occidental I said.

With Negros Occidental still under the modified general community quarantine, the activity has complied with minimum health protocols set by authorities, it added.

The DAR is the lead government agency that holds and implements comprehensive and genuine agrarian reform which actualizes equitable land distribution, ownership, agricultural productivity, and tenurial security for the tillers of the land.