July 22, 2007

Ilocos Norte farmers receive more land titles

MORE than a hundred certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) were distributed to Dingras, Marcos, Badoc, and Laoag City farmers by OIC PARO Christianne Suguitan during the recently concluded Farmers’ Congress held at the City Auditorium on June 28 in time for the 19th CARP Anniversary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Ilocos Norte.

Serving as keynote speaker for the said event was DAR Usec. Nestor Acosta, who stressed the three major thrusts of DAR though the CARP has yet to be extended by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for 10 more years as she earlier vowed: land tenure improvement, program beneficiaries development, and delivery of agrarian justice.

Acosta also informed the audience that ARISP Phase 3 is already in the pipeline for the three towns of Ilocos Norte—Currimao, San Nicolas and Sarrat after Phases 1 and 2, respectively for Burgos and Piddig, Ilocos Norte.

Farmer-beneficiaries were also given the opportunity to read their testimonials with Ceferino Mahor of Camanga, Badoc, Ilocos Norte, one of the ARCDP 2 recipient areas, reading his poem as he proved that he is not only a good farmer but a good poem writer also as he impressed everyone in the said congress.

PDMASP scholar-graduate Mildred Lacuesta also expressed her profound gratitude as she emphasized that she would not be working at the Batac City Hall now if not for DAR sending her to college. Lacuesta is one of five PDMASP scholars who graduated last April.

Other awards were also given during the said congress: outstanding land acquisition and distribution accomplishment implementers to MAROs namely Dingras, 1st with P20,000 cash prize; Batac and San Nicolas, 2nd with P15,000 cash prize; and Banna, 3rd place with P10,000 cash prize.

A sportsfest dubbed “Laro ng Lahi Games” was also held during the said occasion.

The successful event was staged in coordination with the DAREA officers and DAR staff of Ilocos Norte.

Gertrude G. Albano

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