Farmers' CLOA on Negros Occ. Land Blocked

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BACOLOD CITY-- Sixty farmers going after the 155-hectare Hacienda Bacan in Barangay Guintubhan, Isabela, Negros Occidental stumbled on another hindrance to own part of the estate owned by the family of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

Buoyed by the approval of their plea by the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Department of Agrarian Reform, the farmers believed it was a matter of time before they are finally installed in the estate, not knowing that the Register of Deeds (RD) here would block such attempt.

Jose Rodito Angeles, a peasant leader, said the RD rejected the registration of the Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) issued by the DAR provincial office to the farmers unless LBP revokes the certificate of cash deposit it issued in favor of Rivulet Agro-Industrial Corp.

The RD wants another certificate of deposit issued in the name of the President's husband. Angeles said the refusal to register the CLOA was uncalled for since such function was just ministerial, adding that the local register's office must defer to the authority of DAR on the matter.

He said the DAR issued the CLOA for some 60 farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Bacan after LBP released the COD to Rivulet two weeks ago. …