TALAVERA, NUEVA ECIJA— A total of 150 farmers in five towns here have received titles for land they had been tilling for decades, spanning 98.78 hectares of farm area.
Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones on Wednesday, May 12, led the ceremony awarding the certificates of ownership to the farmers from the towns of Cuyapo, Guimba, Pantabangan, Rizal and Talavera.
The awarding came at the same time that the agrarian reform beneficiaries in Pilar town of Capiz in the Visayas started occupying the lands given to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) after 23 years of toiling the lands.
Castriciones handed the government’s financial aid and farm tools to Nueva Ecija farmers during the rites. P1.5 million worth of equipment such as hand tractors, grass cutters, well pumps and engines and a power tiller-cultivator were allotted to six farming organizations in Nueva Ecija province.
In addition, DAR also gave 1.2 hectares to the government of this onion-producing town that would host a cold storage facility in Barangay Bantug Hacienda, said Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez. The mayor said the P206-million cold storage project would help some 2,500 farmers in five towns improve their livelihood.
A memorandum of understanding and marketing agreement was forged between the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and DAR which the farmers would enable to supply their produce to the BJMP.