Over 4K agrarian beneficiaries in SOCCSKSARGEN to receive land titles

By Marita Moaje

May 23, 2024, 10:40 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

(PNA file photo)

MANILA – A total of 4,271 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the SOCCSKSARGEN region will receive Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) and electronic titles (e-titles) on Friday.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will lead the distribution of 4,351 CLOAs and e-titles, comprising a total of 5,918.44 hectares of land to the ARBs in Koronadal City, South Cotabato province, the Department of Agrarian Reform said Thursday

“This initiative is anticipated to have a profound effect on the security of land tenure for the ARBs in the region. By issuing these titles, the ownership of land will be recognized as a fulfillment to their long-held aspirations to own the lands they are tilling,” Estrella said in a press release.

The distribution of land titles is part of DAR’s regular comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP) and the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling or Project SPLIT.

DAR SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director Mariannie Lauban-Baunto said of the total 4,351 land titles to be distributed, 1,184 titles are under the regular CARP covering 1,002 hectares intended for 1,436 ARBs, while 3,167 are e-titles under the Project SPLIT covering 4,916.5 hectares, for 2,835 ARBs.

Meanwhile, of the 3,167 e-titles, 1,534 e-titles covering 1,979 hectares are in Cotabato, intended for 1,354 ARBs; Sarangani with a total of 536 e-titles covering 1,032 hectares to be distributed to 506 ARBs; South Cotabato with a total of 946 e-titles covering 1,553 hectares, for 840 ARBs; and Sultan Kudarat with 151 e-titles covering 353 hectares to be distributed to 135 ARBs under the Project SPLIT covered by collective CLOAs that were previously issued by the DAR and will be subdivided and replaced with individual land titles. (PNA)