SIASI, Sulu: A total of 237 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) were awarded recently to beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) here in this town of Siasi in Sulu. In a ceremony led by regional Agrarian Reform Secretary Amihilda Sangcopan for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), agrarian reform partners from the Tulling Farm Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of the Tulling Agrarian Reform Community formally received their land ownership certificates. Local conflicts arising from land disputes from ambiguous boundaries of individual lots hampered the cooperative’s activities and affected area’s productivity in the past. The Department of Agrarian Reform-ARMM conducted a relocation survey and erected monuments leading to the turnover of CLOA. This can be considered a landmark intervention by the regional government in solving agrarian reform issues in the community. Provided for under Republic Act 6657, or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, a CLOA is intended to promote social justice among the marginalized, specifically workers in the agricultural sector, through land tenure provision.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL