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DAR conducts assessment on project SPLIT

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently conducted a two-day environmental and social safeguard assessment consultation with the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in San Remigio town.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Florentino D. Siladan said that the activity will evaluate the potential environmental and social risks linked with the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) project.

“It will present a chance to consider project alternatives, pinpoint approaches to optimize project selection, planning, design, and implementation, and look for opportunities to increase the project's beneficial effects,” shared Siladan.

DAR Antique Information Officer Yve Aguire, in a press release, noted that Antique has 25,165 hectares intended for the SPLIT program covering 10,507 farmers.

In the municipality of San Remigio where LANTAO (La Union - Agricula - Nagbangi - Tubudan - Aningalan - Osorio) ARBs are located, the project hopes to benefit at least 419 farmers.

In this area, the DAR personnel conducted the on-field consultation where ARBs in Aningalan were interviewed on the project’s potential impacts on social, environmental, and labor-related risks.

During the consultation, Agrarian Reform Program Officer Eileen Grace Zurita noted that with project SPLIT, a more secure property right is expected to provide ARBs with incentives to make land improvements towards increased farm productivity and household incomes.

San Remigio Mayor Margarito Mission Jr., during the program, encouraged farmer-beneficiaries to actively participate in the field consultation.

“The project SPLIT is in support of the development goal of the government of reducing poverty and promoting economic growth in the community,” said Mission.

Aningalan Punong Barangay Wilson A. Antonio Sr., also a holder of the Certificate of land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department expressed support to the program.

The project SPLIT is a World Bank-funded project that is implemented nationwide which involves subdivision or parcelization of the currently "collective" or "common" land titles called collective CLOAs (or mother CLOAs), into individual land parcels and issuing individual titles for agrarian reform beneficiaries. (AGP/PSM/PIA Antique with reports from DAR Antique)

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