By Rey Anthony Chiu | 10:48 PM September 24, 2021
In the past when the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) issued collective Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (cCLOA) to speed up the government’s land reform program, a new project funded largely by the World Bank to be implemented here would be supporting the breaking up of mother CLOAs to individual owners.
Bohol DAR Officer in Charge Dr. Ronald Pumatong shared this during the recent Kapihan sa PIA commemorating DAR’s 50th anniversary and the 33rd anniversary of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
It would focus on generating these lots and processing them, splitting the CLOA leading to awarding individual titles to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), Dr. Pumatong explained.
Support for Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) Project, a P24 billion project, he said was recently approved for funding by the World Bank.
The World Bank funded P19 billion while the Government of the Philippines (GRP) funds the rest as its counterpart.
When agrarian reform beneficiaries then share on a whole parcel of land to till, there was no security of tenure, on clear boundaries where one’s farm ends the other farm begins, the SPLIT project is seen to improve land tenure security and stabilize property rights of ARBs, DAR secretary John Castricciones was quoted in reports.
Of the country’s ARCs, DAR forecasts about 1.1 million farmers who have previously signified to convert their mother CLOAS into individual titles as proof of ownership of the land they tilled and are occupying, the DAR official said.
The SPLIT project entails putting in place a system that will facilitate the subdivision of collectively-owned land titles issued under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) into individual land titles to small scale farmers and improve land productivity and income.
This too should support livelihood diversification, encourage public investment and eventually to help in improving the rural economy.
In Bohol for example, DAR sees some 480 hectares for generation leading to handling individual land titles to their owners, where a process of subdividing and determining the exact boundaries of the areas covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to a number of agrarian reform beneficiaries, determination of common use areas, or portions with common service facilities as well as establishment of government alienable and disposable areas.
As to its project outcomes, SPLIT Project aims to extract as much eligible collective titles (CLOAs) with a validated list of ARBs, and count on the number of eligible individual titles issued including individual titles in target areas with ownership, co-ownership and marital property rights issued to females.
As to the DAR website, SPLIT has three components to fast-track its processes on parcelization, obtain efficiencies using technology, workflow streamlining, and increased stakeholder engagement.
Apart from the end goal of splitting CLOAs to individual titles, SPLIT also has to put up capacity building and technical assistance activities and set up a project management and monitoring and evaluation system, through a Project Management Offices (PMOs) nationwide.
Leading the project in Bohol is DAR, along with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Authority/ Register of Deeds, Land Bank of the Philippines, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Budget and Management and Department of the Interior and Local Government, Dr. Pumatong said. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)