Farmers in Surigao del Sur shed tears of joy after the DAR distributed certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to 802 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

Regional Director Julita Ragandang, together with former Hinatuan Municipal Mayor Candelario Viola, Jr. led the distribution of 1,715 hectares of agricultural lands for farmer-beneficiaries in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

“Now that you own the land, be responsible and make it productive and progressive. We at DAR will provide you with support services to help you achieve this,” Ragandang said.

Ragandang explained that the department is following a protocol where the processing of CLOAs and provision of support services would be simultaneously facilitated. The support services provided include credit from the Land Bank of the Philippines, agri-extension from the Department of Agriculture, farm machineries from DAR and other assistance that would help strengthen the farmers and their cooperatives.

Farmer-beneficiary Sanny Basigsig expressed his gratefulness after receiving his CLOA. “Now that I have my own land, I will be more encouraged to work harder and become more productive.”

Another beneficiary, farmer Edilberto Barrios, declared that the land title gives him peace of mind. “This is a dream come true. Now I have something to leave to my children when the time comes.” (Myra Yu, DAR-Caraga)