Pres. Duterte distributes land to 3,400 beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao

Pres. Duterte distributes land to 3,400 beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does it again without much fanfare.

While the opposition are busy politicking, he is in Mindanao, making true the promises of previous leaders.

He led the distribution of  the much awaited Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to at least 3,400 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), covering 5,808 hectares of land, in Northern Mindanao.
PRRD leads the distribution of the Certificates of Land Owners Award (CLOAs) in Cagayan de Oro to some 3,400 agrarian beneficiaries, covering 5,808 hectares in Northern Mindanao (photo credit to PNA)
Based from government data among the five provinces in the region, Lanao del Norte has the most number of ARBs with 1,807, 664 collective beneficiaries and 1,143 individual recipients.

In the  municipalities of Nunungan, Sapad, and Munai, a total of 3,857 hectares are covered under the agrarian reform program.

True to the promise of giving alternative livelihood to its former enemies, among the recipients of the CLOAs were members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) from the municipality of Munai, they were given 613 hectares.

Bukidnon follows Lanao del Norte with a total of 1,218 beneficiaries receiving some 1,527 hectares; Misamis Occidental, 134 beneficiaries with 127 hectares ; and Misamis Oriental, 241 beneficiaries with 296 hectares;

Component City, Gingoog City of Misamis Oriental , were given 283 hectares for former members of the New People’s Army (NPA), who have turned a new leaf an organized themselves into the Tagpako Farmers Cooperative.

The president in his speech gave marching orders to  Agrarian Reform Sec. John Castriciones to prioritize the distribution of lands covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the countryside.

“I told him to give everything up for land reform there in Bacolod. For the beneficiaries who were unable to benefit from it, I ordered Secretary Castriciones to give it away. But don’t steal and kill people because if you do, my order to the police and the military is to have you evicted,” the President warned.

The President said that his administration would give land to qualified beneficiaries but told them it cant be done overnight, and that there is no need to forcible occupation of such properties.

Duterte warned the NPA not to occupy government and private properties forcibly.

Do not confiscate or seize or occupy the lands that are already owned. Don’t do that. Don’t steal lands that already have tenants,” the President said.

He added: “Let’s talk. I’ll give you land. What will I do with those anyway? It’s not mine. I told Secretary [Castriciones] to distribute government-owned lands tomorrow…the lands that weren’t included as reservation for schools".

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