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Monday, May 30, 2022

DAR, DENR signs agreement to transfer 1,153 hectares SIPLAS property  for coverage under 1CARP through EO 75

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently signed a deed of transfer to enable the coverage of a portion of the Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (SIPLAS) area in Siargao, Surigao Del Norte under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by virtue of Executive Order No. 75, series of 2019.

DENR Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo and Regional Director Leomides R. Villareal led the signing of the Deed of Transfer.

DAR-Caraga Regional Director Leomides R. Villareal said that based on the review and findings of the DAR validation committee, some portion of the SIPLAS are considered alienable and disposable (A & D) agricultural government-owned land (GOL) under the DENR and are no longer utilized for its purpose, and therefore, can be covered under the CARP, through EO 75, subject to final delineation and precise survey.

"Today I’m going to receive formally the deed of transfer containing an aggregate area of 1,153.3644 hectares of land in the municipalities of Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Isidro, Burgos, and Socorro,” Villareal said.

The Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape is the largest marine protected area in the Philippines.
On October 10, 1996, the terrestrial, wetland, and marine areas of Siargao and its surrounding islets in the northeastern part of Mindanao, province of Surigao del Norte are declared as a protected area under the category of protected landscape and seascape, through the Proclamation No. 902, by the President of the Philippines.

SIPLAS contains an approximate area of 278,914.131 hectares as a protected landscape and seascape.
Executive Order No. 75, series of 2019 was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte directing all government instrumentalities to identify idle lands owned by the government suitable for agricultural purposes which will be distributed to qualified beneficiaries of CARP.r

Once transfer is complete, DAR will proceed with the process of land acquisition and distribution.

Qualified beneficiaries are farmers, tillers, or farmworkers who are landless or who own less than three hectares of agricultural lands; Filipino citizens; residents of the barangay (or the municipality if there are not enough qualified beneficiaries in the barangay) where the landholding is located; at least 15 years of age at the time of identification, screening, and selection of the farmer-beneficiaries; and with willingness, aptitude, and ability to cultivate and make the land as productive as possible as provided under Section 22 of Republic Act No. 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), as amended. (DAR- Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)