The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas recently held the cascading of the revised guidelines on Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) project and aims to parcelize 206,436 hectares of agriculture lands.
The SPLIT project aims to fast-track land subdivision/parcelization of collective certificates of land ownership award (CCLOAs) and eventually issue individual land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who were previously awarded with lands and collective CLOAs under the CARP.
DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Elmer Distor told the field implementers of the region, during the “Policy Orientation on the Revised Guidelines and Procedures on the Parcelization of Landholdings with Collective CLOAs,” that  parcelization of landholdings covered by CCLOAs is expected now to move fast and smooth.
“Various problems, particularly legal issues and concerns, arose during the initial implementation of SPLIT project and now we are addressing them so that we know what to do when we encounter them these coming days,” Distor said.
Assistant Secretary and SPLIT National Project Director, Rene Colocar, disclosed that this project 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 reform beneficiaries (ARBs) until the year 2023.
About 129,000 ARBs from the Eastern Visayas region awarded with CCLOAs with a combined area of 206,436 hectares are expected to benefit upon the completion of the project in 2023.
Regional Director Robert Anthony Yu said that for this year the region has a target of about 1,878 CCLOAs covering a combined area of 29,176 hectares for parcelization.
“Around 15,310 ARBs in Region-8 are expected to benefit this year by receiving their individual titles by yearend,” he said.
This P 24-billion SPLIT project is funded by the World Bank wherein 78 percent comprise the loan proceeds, while 22 percent serves as government counterpart. (PR)