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DAR exceeds land distribution target

SunStar Davao
February 23, 2011

THE regional office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Davao Region distributed a total of 6,290 hectares of land to 5,727 farmer beneficiaries last year, exceeding its annual target by 14 percent.

DAR-Davao Director Datu Yusoph B. Mama on Tuesday reported land distribution in the region last year was broken down as followed: 1,786 hectares in Davao Norte; 1,539 hectares in Compostela Valley Province; 1,430 hectares in Davao Sur; 1,285 hectares in Davao Oriental; and 250 hectares in Davao City.

Since the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) in 1988, DAR-Davao had already distributed around 235,529 hectares of agricultural lands to about 164,000 farmer beneficiaries, Mama said.

“With the sheer determination of our DAR workforce and full support of concerned government and non-government agencies and organization, from the regional up to the provincial and municipal field offices, we are confident that DAR 11 can finish its land distribution target on or before the end of Carper (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms) in 2014,” he said.

This year, DAR is committed to distribute 7,354 hectares of land, implement the corresponding support services interventions and resolve long delayed agrarian related cases to hasten rural development and promote lasting peace in the countryside.

SMC awards Sumilao tillers portion of contested land

The Daily Tribune
November 22, 2010

On the third anniversary of their dramatic march for land, the Panaw Sumilao farmers of Sumilao, Bukidnon received a total of 147 hectares of land which they plan to develop into a corn and cassava farm.

In 2007, the farmers marched from Sumilao to Manila to lay claim to an estate owned by food and beverage firm San Miguel Corp. (SMC), on which the company’s subsidiary, San Miguel Foods Inc. (SMFI), built a state-of-the-art hog farm.

In the end, San Miguel chose to simply donate a portion of the contested property to help alleviate the farmers’ plight. It also pledged to help them acquire more lands outside its property.

The farmers became landowners after SMC donated to them 50 hectares within its property. This was followed by the turnover to the farmers, as beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, of a total of 97 hectares outside the property, comprised of 84 hectares distributed in June and 13 hectares distributed recently.

The farmers received their certificates of land title from Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan and representatives from San Miguel Foods Inc. and the San Miguel Foundation.

Panaw Sumilao chairman Napoleon “Yoyong” Merida, said that the land will be used to plant corn and cassava.

He added that they already have a warehouse for harvested crops, a solar dryer, corn miller, corn shredder, mechanical dryer and a water system.

SMFI meanwhile said it can buy the farmers’ produce, primarily corn and cassava, for its feed raw material requirements.