By Anna Leah Gonzales

LAND TITLE DISTRIBUTION. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. leads the distribution of land titles and turnover of support services at the City of Passi Arena in Iloilo on Monday (Dec. 11, 2023.) During the event, Marcos also ordered the Department of Agrarian Reform to complete land distribution to deserving beneficiaries. (PNA photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday ordered the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to expedite the distribution of land to deserving beneficiaries.

Marcos gave the instruction during the distribution of land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Passi, Iloilo.

“Para ituloy ang ating mga nagawa na dito sa (To continue what we have done here in) agrarian reform, I ask the DAR to complete the distribution of lands to their deserving owners while collaborating with all the agencies of government to support our beneficiaries in anything that they might need,” he said.

Marcos said that with the handover of the land titles in Western Visayas and in other areas, the administration is set to exceed its nationwide target for land distribution this year.

The President said the distribution of more than 2,900 hectares of land to more than 2,000 beneficiaries in Western Visayas is part of the administration’s push for agrarian reform in country.

He also assured ARBs that the government will continue to provide them support.

“In the same manner, ito nga ‘yung aking sinasabi ang pag-deliver nga mga fertilizer, ng mga makinarya, mga facilities ay makakatulong upang makamtan natin ang ating hinahanap at ating pinapangarap na magandang kinabukasan para sa ating mga magsasaka, para sa ating mga sinasaka at para sa mga susunod na henerasyon (In the same manner, this is what I’m saying –the delivery of fertilizers, machinery, facilities will help us achieve our dream of having a good future for our farmers, for our farms and for generations to come,” he added.

Marcos also led the turnover of PHP26.7 million worth of farm machineries and equipment, as well as tissue culture.

Aside from these, PHP10.8 million worth of tractors, mobile rice mill, corn sheller and palay reaper and thresher were handed over by the President to more than 3,000 ARBs from Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.

Tissue culture facilities with greenhouses amounting to PHP15.3 million were also distributed, benefitting more than 7,000 ARBs in Capiz and Iloilo. (PNA)