Individual titles for over 200K has of land eyed

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is eyeing to distribute 206,436 hectares of farmlands in Eastern Visayas by 2023 under the Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT).

DAR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Robert Anthony Yu on Friday said about 129,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in this region awarded with collective certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) will have their individual titles by 2024.

Last year, 1,878 collective CLOAs covering a combined area of 29,176 hectares were covered for parcelization. The initiative benefitted 15,310 ARBs in the region.

“This year, we have produced about 500 titles so far. Each farmer will own one to three hectares of land. Through this project, they will have a sense of ownership unlike the collective CLOAs,” Yu told reporters.

Nationwide, SPLIT seeks to subdivide more than 1.3 million hectares of lands nationwide covered by more than 134,000 collective titles and eventually issue individual CLOAs to about 1,140,735 agrarian ARBs by 2024.

Individual titling started in 2020.

SPLIT project is funded by the World Bank with a total project cost of PHP24.625 billion, comprising 78 percent loan proceeds amounting to PHP19.240 billion and 22 percent Philippine government counterpart amounting to PHP5.385 billion.

The DAR project is done in partnership 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 the Interior and Local Government.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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