By PR | 12:11 AM April 17, 2021
Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones is putting to an end the three decades of waiting for the 66 agrarian reform beneficiaries when he visited Bohol on Friday, April 16.
Castriciones and Undersecretary Emily Padilla of the Support Services conducted a DAR- to-door distribution of land titles to a group of four beneficiaries in Catigbian town.
“Please do not sell your farmlots. Harness them, make them more productive and be the country’s new heroes that you can be,”
Castriciones told farmer-beneficiaries.
On Saturday, Castriciones is expected to join the “HEART Caravan” in Trinidad town.
The “HEART Caravan” is a pool of services for the province’s less privileged organized by the provincial government headed by Gov. Art Yap in partnership with 2nd District Rep. Aristotle Erico Aumentado.
Castriciones is expected to personally give the certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to the rightful beneficiaries of the Bohol Cattle Corporation property with an area of 111.8483 hectares in Barangay San Vicente, Trinidad town.
DAR-Central Visayas Director Resty Osias and Bohol agrarian reform program officer-in-charge Eddie Manginsay and other DAR officials and personnel are expected to join Saturday’s event.
The DAR contingent will later have a dialogue with officials and members of the Mantacida United Famers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Mufampuco) in Catigbian town before proceeding to the Bohol Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities Cooperative (Bfarcco), near the provincial capitol in Tagbilaran City, along with Bohol 1st District Rep. Edgar M. Chatto, to see the farmers’ finest products that are on sale.
It’s going to be an unforgettable day for the farmer-beneficiaries in Kinan-oan Farmers MPC, an ARBO in ARC Eastern Trinidad, Trinidad town as Castriciones would deliver to them a dump truck worth P3.59 million and a four-wheel 90 horse power tractor worth P4.15 million and another dump truck for the Mufampuco under the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity Economic Support Services (Arccess) project.
Castriciones and his deputies have been busy distributing land titles to farmer-beneficiaries over the past several months in different parts of the country in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the agency to fast track and complete its land distribution program on or before his term ends in June next year.
Despite the rigors of air, sea and land travels, Castriciones and his deputies hardly show any signs of weariness even as they brave the menacing Novel Coronavirus 19 pandemic, which is getting more contagious as various variants have already slipped into the country.
“The sight of our farmer-beneficiaries, who are smiling from ear-to-ear and whose eyes are glowing as they receive their individual land titles is enough to recharge us and keep us going,” Castriciones said. (Richard Gallardo, PAMRS DAR Central Office with reports from Ma. Lydia D. Bantugan, PIO DAR Bohol)