La Castellana, Negros Occidental – Nineteen farmers in Negros Occidental received an early Christmas gift of sort when the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) installed them recently in the 4.8-hectare Hacienda Grande in Barangay Robles here.
Provicial Agrarian Reform Officer Gideon E. Yongque, Jr., accompanied by La Castellana police station chief Allan Reloj and other government officials, led the installation and turn-over ceremony of the agricultural land in Barangay Robles that was formerly owned by Ma. Rosa Suatengco.
Before the installation activity, Yongque said the DAR surveyed the landholdings to delineate acquired areas from retained portions of the property.
“The farmer-beneficiaries decided to go on collective farming, to prove their worth as deserving recipients of the property,” Yongque said.
The farmer-beneficiaries joyfully said that the distribution of the property is a result of their joint effort hence they must be one, as well, in cultivating the farmlots.
The local police rendered their services in the event to ensure the safe installation of the farmers. Public Affairs Staff, Department of Agrarian Reform