By Rey Anthony Chiu/PIA-Bohol | 12:38 AM September 12, 2021

Land reform beneficiaries may hold the titles of their lands, but they can not sell or lease their lands until after ten years, when these lots given to them have been fully paid for by them.

Bohol Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Chief and Provincial Agrarian Reform Field Officer-In-Charge, Dr. Ronald Pumatong issued this to also warn potential buyers of this faulty practice which often end up in suits.

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the country’s Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the 33rd anniversary of the country’s flagship social justice agrarian reform program September 10, local DAR officials warn their agrarian reform beneficiaries of their key part in the program.

Make idle lands productive and help contribute to the country’s food security, summarizes DAR information Officer Ma. Lydia Bantugan, during the same Kapihan.

Dr. Pumatong said that farmer beneficiaries of the country’s land reform program are issued Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) or Emancipation Patent (EP) as a proof of ownership claims of an agricultural land from DAR.

But CLOA beneficiaries, under the law, are prohibited to sell, transfer, or lease the rights of the land use he has benefitted, as per agrarian reform law, the newly appointed DAR PARFO OIC said.
He added that under the land reform law, farmer-beneficiaries can only sell the land after 10 years and or only after the original owner has been compensated.

While CLOAs put the land legally under the name of the owner or the beneficiary, it has some conditions and restrictions under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) and other applicable laws, which include the limitations of the selling or transferring of ownership of the CLOA land to other people.

The issue surfaced after DAR noted that some beneficiaries, who need money, sell portions their awarded lands, unmindful of the law that binds them to the land for ten years.

According to DAR, at least by the tenth year, the agrarian reform beneficiary will have paid DAR or the bank which processed the land award.

Moreover, by law, the transferability of the CLOA can be done by succession, or if the family then does not have anyone interested in making the land productive, DAR or LandBank of the Philippines can regain the land and award it to qualified beneficiaries.

Dr. Pumatong said they have already some cases when a beneficiary sells the awarded land, which is illegal and ends with the buyer holding nothing.

And as this practice is against the law, the beneficiaries could end up divested of the land award, he hinted.

Along this, the DAR chief in Bohol has this advice to buyers: Make sure to do your due diligence and look up the legality of the property you are buying – regardless if it is CLOA titled or otherwise.

When land reform beneficiaries have to sell the lands awarded to them, it could mean they need the money and could sell cheap, but that ploy will never work.

Aside from the land beneficiary possibly losing his land, the buyer could also end up holding the proverbial empty bag. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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