- The Department of Agriculture is set to grant certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to graduates of agriculture-related courses
- DAR stated that it is seen as an incentive for the graduates and to encourage the youth to take up agri courses
- According to a study, the Philippines may face a shortage of farmers if the agriculture workforce doesn’t increase
At least 44 fresh graduates of agriculture-related courses will soon become landowners this February.
The Department of Agriculture is set to grant certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to the graduates as an “incentive” for taking courses related to agriculture. The beneficiaries hail from the provinces of Cagayan and Palawan. The agency is also hoping it will inspire other students to enroll and graduate from Agriculture courses.
“We believe that this incentive of awarding them lands will make the fresh graduates harness the farm lots they will receive since these will serve as their ‘farm laboratories’ on which they could apply the theories and best practices that they learned from their schooling and that would benefit millions of Filipinos in ensuring food security,” DAR Secretary Brother John Castriciones said.
He added that this will be the first time the department would give free lands to agricultural graduates.
“Dahil po doon sa limited na lupa na ipamimigay namin nai-limit muna natin ‘yung award dito sa mga agriculture graduates,” Nida Agustin of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office stated.
The granting of land is in accordance with the Executive Order No. 75 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which provides that lands owned by the government which are no longer utilized will be distributed to beneficiaries such as agriculture graduates and retired police and military personnel.
According to the study cited by DAR, the country could be facing a shortage of farmers if the agricultural workforce doesn’t improve. It also noted how the number of students interested in agricultural courses have been declining yearly by 1.5 percent.