“I-land reform ko lahat iyan then I’ll give it to the farmers. Me? I’ll give them the tractors…agricultural eh.”
(I will place all of it [Boracay] under land reform and I’ll give it to the farmers. Me? I’ll give them the tractors…because it’s agricultural.)
This was the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte before he departed on Monday for his official trip to China.
This prompted the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to immediately gather the necessary data for it.
Through this, DAR found out that there are around 628 hectares of agricultural lands available for distribution.
This is aside from the 400 hectares that are categorized as forest land.
DAR Secretary John Castriciones said, these forest and agricultural lands are government properties backed by the Proclamation No. 1064 and sustained by the Supreme Court in 2018.
“Since it is a government land, the government has the option of really distributing it to farmer beneficiaries,” said Castriciones.
The DAR will immediately conduct an inventory of possible beneficiaries in the area as soon as the president gives his go signal. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue