After two decades, six Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries from Brgy. Tooy in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, finally took over their lots at a peaceful installation led by the Department of Agrarian Reform yesterday.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Gideon Yonque distributed Certificate of Land Ownership Awards to the beneficiaries of the 6.15 hectares of land owned by the Development Bank of the Philippines.
Yonque told the beneficiaries of their rights, duties and responsibilities as the new owners of the land. He also reminded them about their obligation to pay the Land Bank of the Philippines the amortization and the local government units the land taxes.
Yonque also informed the beneficiaries that support services will be made available to them by the DAR and other line agencies of the government.
Aside from Yonque, Ma. Deza Sayo, the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer, also witnessed the installation.
Ulpiano Estocado, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the provincial officials of DAR that after a long wait, they finally owned the land that they till.
Estocado vowed that he and the rest of the farmer beneficiaries will continue to cultivate the land to make it more productive and will not lease it to other people.
He also said that they will organize themselves so they could avail of the support services being provided by DAR.*APN