CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Field validation teams (FVTs) personnel from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Northern Samar received 16 brand-new motorcycles — Honda XR150Ls – to expedite the parcelization of the collective Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CCLOAs) in the province.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Eastern Visayas Regional Director Robert Anthony Yu presented plaques of appreciation to Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementing agencies for their continued support in fast tracking land distribution activities in the region.

DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III said the motorcycles would play a crucial role in the conduct of field validation activities, especially in areas where access roads are less conducive for four-wheeled vehicles.

Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementing agencies renew their commitment of support to fast-track land distribution activities in Eastern Visayas. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA)

Engr. Jose M. Balberde, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II expressed his gratitude to the department thru the DAR Secretary for his active efforts and immediate response to address the needs of the FVTs, particularly in the validation of landholdings and field investigations under Project SPLIT implementation.

“This is one of the programs of DAR thru the efforts of Secretary Estrella, as a response to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s mandate to expedite the distribution of the individual land titles to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to strengthen land tenure security towards the improvement of their quality of life,” he said.

He disclosed that far-flung barangays in some municipalities are difficult to travel for four-wheeled vehicles and the appropriate mode of transportation is a motorcycle. With the provision of these motorcycles, field personnel, and FVTs can easily access these areas, especially in the conduct of field validation.

“The 16 newly delivered motorcycles are part of the 820 units that the Department had procured at an aggregate cost of P123 million,” he said.

After receiving the sixteen (16) units of motorcycles from the Regional Office, the DAR-Northern Samar conducted a blessing of these units to turn over to FVTs.

Project SPLIT is a World Bank-funded project of DAR. This project aims to improve the security of tenure and strengthen the property rights of the ARBs through the subdivision of collective Certificate of Land Ownership Awards or CCLOAs into individual titles.
The province also received a one-unit multi-function laser photocopier machine. (PR)