DAR to process land titles to MARBAI

THE REGIONAL office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is processing the individual titles that would be provided to the members of Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. (Marbai).

DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform regional director Joseph Orilla (L) stresses the processing of 150 individual titles for members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday, Jan. 29, while DAR Undersecretary Karlo Bello listens. BING GONZALES

DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform regional director Joseph Orilla (L) stresses the processing of 150 individual titles for members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday, Jan. 29, while DAR Undersecretary Karlo Bello listens. BING GONZALES

Joseph H. Orilla, regional director of DAR XI, said yesterday in the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex that the titles will be out within this year to about 150 members of the association.

The Marbai is reclaiming the 145-hectare banana plantation from the management of Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC).

“We have already finished conducting the land survey, which started last year, and now, we are processing their individual titles,” Orilla said.

In May last year, the DAR already implemented the order to install the beneficiaries as owners of the disputed property. This was based on the directive issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his meeting with the Marbai members on May 9 last year.

Marbai is a breakaway group of the Hijo Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (Hearbco) – 1. The cooperative, which owned 1,323 hectares, was the group that had an agreement with LFC.

But LFC said earlier in a statement that they only have a contract with the cooperative. The company said that they “shall take all necessary steps for its contract with Hearbco-1 to be strictly enforced and complied with.”

“The company warned that it shall file criminal and civil cases against any person or entity who shall interfere with the agreement,” LFC said.

The company also opposed the writ of installation that was issued by DAR in favor of Marbai. It cited in a statement that the agency has no authority and jurisdiction to issue the writ of installation.

The company cited that there is already compromise agreement between LFC and Hearbco – 1 that was okayed by the Regional Trial Court. The court’s order, which was released in 2010, was final and executory.

“This DAR action (issuance of writ of installation) defies the final and executory orders of the court. Ironically, the members of this breakaway group (Marbai) participated in the resolution of the legal dispute. Thus, they are bound by the subsequent legal orders that have now become final and executory,” LFC said in a statement.

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