Municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo
June 20, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), handed a total of 3,772 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to its farmer beneficiaries in the Western Visayas region.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), President Duterte and DAR Secretary John Castriciones distributed the CLOAs to 2,314 beneficiaries for the 2,694 hectares of land area in the region.

During his speech, President Duterte reiterated that land reform programs would continue under his administration, saying, “During my first day, there is always a national plan either from the predecessor or the subsequent occupants in the office.”

“If there is a plan, if indeed it exists, you would just implement it. Huwag na natin baguhin. Wala nang pulitika kasi nagsalita na ang tao,” the President added.

Likewise, he asked the people not to thank him for the reforms being implemented.

“You know, I was elected by the people, chosen to serve the government and therefore, I am just a worker of government. You do not have to thank me for you owe me nothing. Lahat po ‘yan ay binili ng gobyerno, gastos ng gobyerno. I am just doing what is expected of me,” President Duterte said.

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