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2,542 farmers get CLOAs, law condones agrarian debts

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (PIA) –Some 2,542 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) program receive their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) today, July 7, after President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. signed a bill that condones agrarian debts of farmers across the country.

A total of 4,850 CLOAs were distributed here, covering a land area of 2,452. 2671 hectares to farmers from 14 Local Government Units in Negros Occidental 1 (northern Negros) and 12 LGUs in Negros Occidental II (south Negros) in a mass distribution program at Cadiz City Arena witnessed by more than 2,500 ARBs.

Negros Occidental 1 has 1,843 ARBs with 3,534 CLOAs distributed covering 1,813.0053 hectares of land while Negros Occidental II has a total of 699 ARBs who received 1,316 CLOAs covering 639.2618 hectares of land.

DAR 6 Regional Director lawyer Sheila Enciso urged the recipients of the land to make good in their agricultural endeavor, be productive, and contribute to the country's goal of food security.

"Our next move will be to organize the recipients into a cooperative so that they can access the department's support services," Enciso said.

Earlier, the farmers witnessed President Marcos Jr. sign the New Agrarian Emancipation Act virtually from a giant screen which effectively condones agrarian debts of an estimated 610,054 ARB who have been awarded an estimated 1,173,101.54 hectares of agricultural lands.

Enciso said about 130,000 farmer beneficiaries covering more than 200 hectares of land in Negros Occ. will benefit from the law. (Lljr/PIA6 Negros Occidental)

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