MAGPET, North Cotabato, Oct. 21 (PIA) - "I am totally grateful having finally received the land title that I have waited for so long," said Noli Tiad in the vernacular as he took hold of his Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian Reform officials.
"This is a proof that the government is looking for ways to help farmers. I would like to extend my gratitude to all, from President Duterte down to the local government officials, for fulfilling your promise that we will get our own land titles" he said.
Tiad was one of the 35 farmers who received their CLOAs from the Department of Agrarian Reform during the "Serbisyo Caravan" in Basak, Magpet on Thursday, October 17. His farm is a 2.5 hectare-lot, inherited from his late father Antonio, the original farm tenant. The land titling process started in early 1990s, he said.
Hundreds more also enjoyed basic services from different government agencies and departments of the provincial government that converged in Barangay Basak for the Serbisyo Caravan.
Josephine Leysa, regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XII, earlier explained that the Sebisyo Caravan in identified barangays of North Cotabato jump starts the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).
RCSP, she elaborated, is a collaboration of all government agencies with the provincial, municipal and barangay local government units to bring comprehensive government services to villages in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No. 70 (Institutionalizing Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict).
During the Serbisyo Caravan, participating government agencies and local government offices offered medical check up, tooth extraction, immunization, feeding, seedling and planting materials, animal vaccination, beauty care training, livelihood and skills training orientation, scholarships, and many others.
National government agencies that joined the event included the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Land Transportation Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Health, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and many others.
Leysa further explained that after the Serbisyo Caravan, local government units and national government agencies will carry out projects intended to alleviate the conditions of the target barangays of the RCSP.
Among the projects being considered for implementation in Barangay Basak include farm-to-market roads that will connect remote subvillages to Basak and access roads from Basak to other barangays, barangay health center, postharvest facilities, covered court, livestock dispersal, livelihood training and assistance, water system, irrigation system, and others.
Basak is one of the eight barangays in North Cotabato considered for the Retooled Community Support Program.
Other barangays for RCSP piloting starting this year are Balite and Don Panaca in Magpet, Kabalantian and Datu Ladayon in Arakan, Malabuan and Luayon in Makilala, and Batang in Tulunan. (DED/PIA 12)