COTABATO CITY—Fifty (50) Maguindanao farmer Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) will benefit from Bangsamoro Government’s distribution of Emancipation Patent (EP) or Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) Title.
Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim led via Zoom teleconference the handover ceremony of CLOA on Thursday, Aug. 26, held at the Bangsamoro Government Center, Cotabato City.
The agricultural lands, covering an area of 60.1058 hectares which are situated in Barangay Tanuel, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, were distributed to farmers, mostly former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) combatants.
The Chief Minister urged the beneficiaries to never sell the awarded land, instead “they should take good care of it and develop it for it might be their means of attaining better lives in the future.”
“If you are only given money, perhaps you will consume it in few days now. However, land given to you will never perish and it could be the source of your continuous income that might improve your current living upheavals”, Ebrahim said.
The activity was part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform’s (MAFAR) culmination of 1st Agrarian Reform Program in BARMM and 33rd National Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) month celebrations.
MAFAR Minister Mohammad S. Yacob said, “the MAFAR is steadfastly committed in ensuring that all lands awarded are for you to cultivate and develop. It may serve as commencement of strong partnership for flourishing agriculture guild towards attaining economic growth.”
The Bangsamoro Government recognizes the role of farmers as true heroes of the region and of the country (as a whole). Without them, there will be no food on every Bangsamoro’s [or Filipino’s] table.
Meanwhile, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones announced on Monday, Aug. 23 the distribution of some 4,800 hectares of agricultural lands for Lanao del Sur farmers in BARMM this coming October 2021. Among the beneficiaries are the displaced persons in Marawi City because of the siege in 2017.
“We would distribute idle government-owned lands (GOLs) in Lanao del Sur, which include 1,300 hectares in Marawi City, 1,324.27 hectares in Piagapo, 1,396.05 hectares in Marantao, and 780.02 hectares in Saguiran,” Castriciones said. (Bangsamoro Information Office)