A total of 1,054 farmers in Nueva Vizcaya are happy to finally own the land they are tilling for so long after receiving their certificates of landownership awards (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR Undersecretary Jose Grageda, together with Governor Ruth Padilla and DAR Regional Director Atty. Marjorie Ayson recently led the distribution of 2,274 hectares to farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Bagabag in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

Grageda said that the new CLOA holders are very lucky because the land given to them is for free owing to its being a government land, unlike in private lands where the beneficiaries will have to pay for its taxes.

“Now that you own the land, be responsible and make it productive and progressive. We at the DAR will provide you with support services to help you achieve this,” Grageda exhorted the new small landowners.

In her speech, Governor Padilla advised the farmers that they must take care of their land and do whatever they can to improve it.

“You are very lucky because not all farmers in the Philippines are given Certificates of Ownership. If you have improved that land when it was not yours, how much more should you develop it now that it belongs to you,” Padilla said.

Pineapple farmer Jun Guntaran expressed his gratefulness after receiving his CLOA. “This is a dream come true. Now I have something to leave my children with when I die.”

Another beneficiary, dragon fruit farmer Neil Asuelo, said that the land title gives him peace of mind. “Now that I own this, I no longer need to worry about my rent for the use of the land.” (Pinkyroque/nueva viz cloa dist)