The Department of Agrarian Reform-Negros Occidental distributed more than 90 hectares of land to the 223 new agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Isabela town and Talisay City, recently.
DAR-Neg. Occ. South distributed 60 hectares to the 119 ARBs in Isabela town, comprised of the 86 farmers who divided among themselves the 42.93 hectares formerly owned by the Rodriguez-Abello Agro Commercial Corporation in Barangay Camangcamang, Isabela.
Fourteen farmers of Eduardo Javellana in Barangay Bungahin were awarded with 11.2 hectares while the remaining 13.47 hectares were distributed to 19 ARBs of the landholding formerly owned by PNB-Binalbagan in Barangay Cansalongon, also of Isabela town.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia Taberna, who led the CLOA distribution at the Isabela Municipal Public Gym Thursday, reminded the farmers not to engage in illegal acts especially the illegal sale and lease of lands, since it would be ground for their disqualification as recipients of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor encouraged the farmers to become entrepreneurs by cultivating and developing their own lands. He also expressed support to the anti-ariendo campaign of DAR in south Negros Occidental.
Another 24 ARBs received CLOAs and were installed in the former landholding of Estrella Lacson with lot number 2-B and an area of 21.4393 hectares, located in Barangay Dos Hermanas in Talisay City July 31.
The CLOA distribution and ARB installation was headed by acting Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Josephine Lobrido with LGU representatives of Talisay.
Meanwhile, the National Labor Relations Commission in the province, mandated to resolve labor disputes, and DAR, linked up to efficiently resolve labor disputes.
A press release from the Philippine Information Agency-Negros Occidental said, more than a hundred clients file complaints daily against their employers at the NLRC, and many of these clients are hacienda workers, at the same time, CLOA holders.
The labor disputes usually stem from a marred employer-employee relationship in the process of the implementation of the CARP, it added.
NLRC may seek assistance from DAR to identify the land or hacienda involved, ascertain the status of CARP coverage and its implementation, and determine if complainants are identified DAR beneficiaries.*MNM with reports from PIA
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