- Ati tribe will get 3.2-hectare of Boracay land by November 8
- The tibe prefers collective ownership of the land
- The DAR Secretary said he hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will be able to attend the turnover ceremony
Ati tribe, a group of indigenous people in Boracay, will finally get a portion of the land of their origin.
GMA News shared on Monday that at least 44 families from the group will be owners of the 3.2 hectares of land situated at Barangay Manoc-manoc via four certificates of land ownership awards (CLOA).
Manoc-manoc is a barangay in Malay town where the famous beach resort is located.
For the indigenous community, they prefer collective ownership of the land rather than dividing it among them.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones , in a CNN Philippines interview, announced that the land will be distributed to the tribe by November 8; adding that he hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will be able to join them in the turnover ceremony.
The chief executive has earlier expressed his intent to attend; saying, “I will go to Boracay but I will go to distribute the lands given to the Atis. I’m not into sumptuous celebration but I will go to Boracay to personally distribute the land reform program certificates to the Lumads there, the natives.”
Castriciones said that the verification of the Ati’s claim underwent some processes.
The to-be-distributed land wasn’t given a monetary worth but the Secretary underscored that they are prohibited to sell or alienate the land, or lease it to others within a 10-year-period as per RA 6657 (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988) and RA 9700 (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms).
DAR conducts agricultural training for its beneficiaries, once they learn to improve on land cultivation. The government agency is hoping they can be the primary suppliers of vegetables and other crops in Boracay.