DAR North Cotabato readies more than 6k hectares of land for individual titling

To provide security of tenure and strengthen the property rights of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in North Cotabato delivered 6,255 hectares of land to the SPLIT project or the Support to Parcelization of Land for Individual Titling project.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Rodolfo Alburo said through the SPLIT Project, the ARBs who were awarded land via collective certificates of land ownership award (CCLOAs) would be given individual land titles.

Alburo divulged that around 3,233 ARBs would be given individual titles through this project. He added that the DAR Cotabato provincial office has accomplished more than 100% based on its target to cover 6,247 hectares of land.

“We have deployed 20 field validation teams, together with DAR municipal offices personnel, who are working so hard doing the activities in the field to expedite the SPLIT project implementation in Cotabato province,” Alburo said.

He also added that in spite of hitting the target ahead of time, Cotabato’s provincial office is not resting on its laurels, thus, adding some 7,900 hectares of land for validation until the end of the year to benefit about 2,000 ARBs.

Earlier this year, DAR Cotabato provincial office has hired some 108 contracts of service employees to compose the field validation teams of the SPLIT project.

In the implementation of the SPLIT Project, DAR is working closely with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Land Registration Authority, Registry of Deeds, Land Bank of the Philippines, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.  (PR)