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DENR distributes 4,146 land titles to landless farmers in Central Luzon

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By Franco G. Regala

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in San Fernando, Pampanga announced the distribution of 4,146 land titles on Monday, March 20 — covering 317 hectares of public lands to landless farmers in Central Luzon in support of Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez’s social justice and equitable access to land resources, environment authorities said.

"The older generations told us about these cranes, they said they bring luck, but when I actually saw one in my field I was so excited," said Unjit, a village leader and one of dozens of farmers who stopped using pesticides and parked their noisy tractors which helps the birds to survive. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) MANILA BULLETIN

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Regional Director Francisco Milla, Jr., of DENR Central Luzon, reported that a total of 3,700 residential land titles, called patents, covering 83 hectares and another 446 agricultural land titles, covering 234 hectares, were distributed last year to 20,730 marginalized farmers and their families.

“The land distribution efforts are aligned with President Duterte’s anti-poverty program in the countryside and are in support of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP),” he said.

He explained that providing poor farmer ownership of the land they till in the form of land titles is government’s modest contribution in promoting social justice and alleviating poverty in the rural sector.

“This is the best economic incentive government can give to landless farmers so they are motivated to fully develop their farms,” he explained, saying the land titles may be used as collateral when applying for loans.

Since 2011, DENR has already distributed a total of 27,242 patents covering about 15,715 hectares of public lands throughout Central Luzon, benefiting well over 78,000 landless farmers and their families, reports showed.

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  • franky breva

    Giving land to poor farmers doesn’t answer the elevation of the farmers condition. It is only one step of the way, they still need to borrow capital for planting needs, a bank will not loan to them that easy for sure, cause bank don’t trust farmers, lastly they need buyers for there harvest be it rice, fruits, whatever it may be, … At the end after selling there produce the cycle should have started again.. so long as they don’t start overspending there capital on non essential things like alcohols, fiestas, etc……………