Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III. (PNA file photo)

COTABATO CITY – Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III is coming to North Cotabato to personally hand over land titles for the land they have been tilling for years.

Estrella is set to distribute 3,524 certificates of landownership award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Kidapawan City, North Cotabato this coming Saturday.

An aggregate area of 6,103 hectares of land will be distributed to 3,273 farmer-beneficiaries in Kidapawan City.

“I will personally deliver these land titles to give them hope, to let them feel that the government is here ready to give them help and support,” Estrella said in a statement Thursday.

While in Kidapawan, Estrella will also turn over a hauling vehicle worth PHP195,000 to farmer-members of the Kisandal Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association.

The vehicle, provided under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP), will help ARB members because the transport cost of their produce in bringing them to the market will be reduced.

To help farmers recover from disasters like rat infestation and floods, Estrella will also hand over indemnity checks worth PHP815,666 to 53 ARBs of Carmen municipality and 108 ARBs from Alamada.

The compensation is being provided by the DAR and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.

In Alamada, North Cotabato, Estrella will turn over to the municipal government 10 public lots located in Barangays Kitacubong, Mirasol and Guiling.

The lots, with an area of 13.7 hectares, can be used by the municipal government of Alamada to build government center, municipal plaza, cemetery, health center, public market, barangay plaza and barangay hall.

Estrella said the public lots are under the DAR’s administered landed estates acquired under Commonwealth Act 539, Republic Acts 1160, 1266 and 1400, and settlement projects and lands acquired under Executive Order 448. (PNA)