1,000 Capiz Farmers Now Proud Landowners
Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with the Capiz officials led the distribution of free patent land titles to qualified recipients in Capiz, July 1.
Capiz DENR head Valentin Talabero said that the more than 700 hectares of public land were distributed to the 1,000 free patent beneficiaries in Capiz who came from the different towns here.
“This is the first time that we have the Handog Titulo mass distribution of title in Capiz and the fast tracking of the titling of said lands was made possible with the help of the local government officials of Capiz,” Talabero said, citing among others the help of First District Congressman Antonio del Rosario and Governor Victor Tanco.
He said that the program aims to improve the lives of the farmers here by providing them land to call their own.
Governor Tanco likewise emphasized the importance of having in the hands of the farmers the land title that they have been waiting for, pointing that the title is the evidence of their ownership over said land where they have been living for a number of years already.
He said that with such free patent title now, they have something to leave to their children and grand children later on, to improve their lives, reminding the beneficiaries to take care of the land given to them by the government.
For Congressman Del Rosario, the distribution of free patent tiles to the landless farmers here is an answered dream from the government under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“Having in your hand the title showing your ownership over the land which you have been occupying, you will not be displaced anymore", Del Rosario said. He said he hopes that the Handog Titulo program of the government will improve the lives of the marginalized farmers.
He also assured the Capiceños of the continued support of the government through various social services programs that are geared towards improving the lives of the people.
Aside from the free patent title, the beneficiaries were also given free medicines and vitamins courtesy of the Department of Health and Capiz Provincial Health Office which was facilitated by the Office of Congressman Del Rosario.
Also present during the mass distribution of titles at the Capiz Gymnasium were DENR Executive Director Jim Sampulna, Vice Governor Esteban Evan Contreras, Roxas City Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas and some municipal and national government officials here.(JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)