CATBALOGAN, Samar: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Virgilio R. De los Reyes recently distributed a total of 276.9-hectare agricultural lands to 151 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Samar and Leyte, transforming them into new landowners with greater responsibilities on the land awarded to them.
Region 8 Director Sheila Enciso emphasized the important role of these ARBs and other small farming families in reducing poverty in the country and in ensuring global food security as the world celebrates the “International Year of Family Farming”.
The CLOA distribution was among the activities lined up by the DAR in Eastern Visayas as it commemorates the 26th year of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Enciso added that under the CARP, large tracks of lands are subdivided into family farms and redistributed to ARBs to make them more productive as they become the new owners of the land.
On the same occasion, DAR Region 8 awarded Pedro Abajo of Calbayog City, Leo Piczon of Gandara, Renato Tiara of Jiabong and Ma. Luisa Bardaje of Daram as outstanding ARBs for their contribution in the improvement of the lives of the farmers in the province. PNA