Farmer Beneficiaries at Teves Landholdings in Sta. Catalina, Negros

By Judy Flores-Partlow, PNA

The long-delayed installation of farmer beneficiaries to the former Teves landholdings in Caranoche, Sta. Catalina and Villareal, Bayawan City in Negros Oriental will finally push through Wednesday morning.

The decision was arrived at following yesterday’s meeting spearheaded by DAR Region 7 assistant regional director for operation (ARDO) Eliasem Castillo, and attended by the landowners, farmer beneficiaries, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army, among others.

ARDO Castillo said the meeting yesterday discussed how to facilitate the execution of the order issued by the adjudicator to implement the decision of the DARAB or DAR Adjudication Board as affirmed by the Supreme Court.

He was referring to the high tribunal’s decision favoring the farmer-beneficiaries (FBs) who earlier received Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

The installation of these were stalled several times over the past few years due to legalities and other issues, and the absence of an order from the national headquarters of the PNP requiring prior clearance from them to provide police assistance during installation proceedings.

Castillo said they have received a directive from Camp Crame dated Nov. 7, 2008 and addressed to the regional director of the PNP Regional Office 7 (PRO-7) in Cebu, P/Chief Supt. Ronald Roderos to extend police assistance to the DAR here.

To be installed are 19 beneficiaries/CLOA holders in the Caranoche, Sta. Catalina property covering 33 hectares and 11 beneficiaries in the Villareal, Bayawan City property covering 28 hectares.

Castillo has expressed hopes of a peaceful installation and without resistance from the landowners after a series of dialogues held between parties concerned.

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