Land titles were finally given to the residents of Maguindanao by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to give public lands to landless farmers.
The President himself gave the Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to beneficiaries of agrarian reform in Maguindanao yesterday, 11 February 2019. According to reports, more than 7,000 Christians and Muslims farmers throughout Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have already been given their own lands.
In Maguindanao, there were at least 790 agrarian reform beneficiaries who have received land titles according to ARMM Agrarian Reform Secretary Dayang Carlsum Sangkula-Jumaide.
Summing up to more than 1,736.1 hectares, these farm lots include 453.3 hectares in Buluan, 396.1 hectares in Kabuntalan, 175.6 hectares in Datu Abdullah Sangki, 179.4 hectares in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, 174.8 hectares in Datu Paglas, 88.9 hectares in Mamasapano, 48.9 hectares in Mangudadatu, 47.6 hectares in Sultan Kudarat, 33 hectares in Datu Anggal Midtimbang, 23.5 hectares in Upi, 23.1 hectares in Rajah Buayan, 19 hectares in Datu Odin Sinsuat, 17.9 hectares in Sultan sa Barongis, 17.6 hectares in Ampatuan, 15.7 hectares in Guindulungan, 11.6 hectares in Talayan, and 10.1 hectares in Talitay.
During his speech, President Duterte stressed the value of agriculture in our country by saying, “We do not have oil like our neighbors. What we have is our land so we will always be an agricultural country.”