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DAR to distribute remaining Yulo Estate to Masbate farmers

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Following the oath-taking of 190 agrarian reform beneficiaries that include three former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Masbate is set to distribute the remaining 303.0467 hectares of Yulo Estate.

Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Herald Tambal said the 190 ARBs recently took their oath before Judge Rolando G. Sandigan of MTCC-Masbate City, which was followed by the signing of the Application to Purchase and Farmer’s Undertaking (APFU).

He said the land is a portion of the 1,372.5657-hectare landholding formerly owned by Luis A. Yulo in Barangay Matagbac in Milagros town, of which 1,069.5280 hectares were already distributed to 357 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in 1993.

“The subject property was once classified as an agrarian revolutionary area for many years,” he said.

Despite the local rebellion, Task Force Yulo of DAR and the Armed Forces of the Philippines were able to successfully acquire and develop the land.

“The issues in the coverage of the landholding were resolved, including the delays in the conduct of the subdivision surveys due to the anti-reform resistance by local rebels,’ Tambal said.

He said the task of distributing the estate to qualified ARBs is inching towards realization, with the completion of the identification of the landholdings for distribution, perimeter surveying, and submission of the survey plans for approval by the task force.

Former NPA guerilla Alyas “Bambam”, who surrendered and made peace with the government under the rebel-returnee program, is one of the beneficiaries of the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, assuring him a 1.8-hectare land.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte directed DAR to distribute agricultural lands to farmers living in areas with armed conflicts and rebel returnees.