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Marcos awards land to Cotabato farmers who tilled for more than 20 years

Cotabato farmers expressed their heartfelt gratitude to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as they have finally been awarded their land after 20 years of farming.

If it weren’t for President Marcos, Nelson Oloy of Lower Maculan, Lake Sebu said they wouldn’t have been awarded their land under the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) Project.

Oloy, who has been farming for 20 years, received his land title from the President during the awarding event for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Koronadal City on Friday, May 24.

“Mr. President, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong programa. Kung hindi dahil sa SPLIT program hindi naming matanggap ang titulo sa araw na ito,” Oloy said.

“Labis ang pasasalamat ni Nelson Oloy ng Lower Maculan, Lake Sebu dahil makalipas ang higit dalawampung taon ay matatanggap na niya ang titulo ng lupang kanyang sinasaka.

Nolly Sumangil of Barangay Supit, Titay also waited for 20 years before the national government awarded him his land title, saying that he was grateful to President Marcos and Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III.

“More than 20 years na po akong magsasaka doon. Labis ko pong ikinagagalak ngayong araw na ito, May 24, 2024, ay sa wakas ay matatanggap na po namin ang titulo na ipagkakaloob ng mahal na President Bongbong Marcos at DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III,” Sumangil said.

“Hindi ko po mameasure ang aking galak dahil sa saya na nararamdaman ngayon. Maraming maraming salamat po,” he added.

Provincial governors of North and South Cotabato both said they were grateful to the President.

“Labis na pasasalamat [ang ating ipinaabot] kay Pangulong Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. at DAR Secretary Condrado M. Estrella III sa pag-asang inihatid nila sa mga ARBs na matagal ding naghintay na mapasakanila ang lupang sinasaka,” said Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza.

“Ang araw na ito ay napaka-espesyal dahil maliban sa natanggap na ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo ang kanilang mga titulo, nagbigay din ito ng seguridad sa kanilang mga pamilya tungo sa isang magandang bukas,” the Cotabato governor added.

“Kami ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa ating mahal na Pangulo. Ito ay pangarap ng mga taga-Mindanao. Ang rason na pumunta ang mga lahi namin na galing Luzon ay dahil sa lupa na mayroon ang Mindanao,” said South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo.

“Ngayong nabigyan tayo ng ganitong pagkakataon na iyang mga pangarap na iyan ay matutupad ang oportunidad na magkakaroon ng mga titles ang ating mga lupa. Ito na marahil ang pamana sa ngayong henerasyon at sa mga susunod pa na henerasyon ng mga pamila, hindi lang dito sa dito sa probinsya ng South Cotabato, kundi sa buong Rehiyon 12,” he added.

President Marcos signed in July 2023 the New Agrarian Emancipation Act for the benefit of around 610,054 Filipino farmers tilling more than 1.7 million hectares of agrarian reform lands. The law makes the farmers debt-free from of agrarian arears worth PhP57.65 million.

President Marcos said he was happy to personally distribute the land titles to ARBs. He said the government will always prioritize the welfare of farmers as envisioned under a “Bagong Pilipinas.”

“Sa Bagong Pilipinas, uunahin po natin ang kapakanan ng mga magsasaka at papalayain natin sila sa sistemang nagpapahirap [ng] kanilang kalagayan,” the Chief Executive told thousands of ARBs in Koronadal City.

He hoped the distributed land titles would help uplift farmers’ lives and eventually fulfill their dreams for their family and country.

“Nawa’y magbigay ito ng kapanatagan sa inyong kabuhayan habang itinataguyod ninyo ang seguridad sa pagkain ng buong bansa,” the President said.

On the sidelines of the land title distribution, President Marcos said he will not stop until all land titles are distributed to ARBs.

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