CABANATUAN CITY — About 20 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Nueva Ecija received their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Those distributed covered 16 hectares of agricultural land located in Cabanatuan City, Bongabon and General Natividad.
“The CLOAs are just the first step towards more support from the government. No matter what circumstances we face, pandemic or no pandemic, we will follow the President’s national goal of improving the economic lives of farmers by pouring various support services to farm communities,” DAR Secretary John Castriciones said.
During the CLOA distribution, Castriciones and Undersecretary Emily Padilla also turned-over support services for the ARBs worth PhP4.8 million.
It includes two Kubota four-wheel drive, 35-horsepower Diesel farm tractors complete with rotary tiller and trailer handed over to two Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations; productivity assistance consisting of vegetable seeds, seedling trays and fertilizers given to 27 ARBs; and poultry egg-laying business bestowed to five women ARBs.
“These provisions are highly significant in achieving food security in the country. These support services would greatly help the farmers in fulfilling their role as frontliners by continually producing and delivering food crops in critical areas affected by the ongoing health crisis,” Padilla said.
Support services given is being implemented under “The PaSSOver: ARBOld Move to Heal as One Deliverance of our ARBs from the COVID-19 Pandemic” project.