DAR’s SPLIT program bolsters LGU property tax uptake in Casiguran, Sorsogon



A program of sub-division of the collective certificates of granting of land ownership or CLOA distributed within the framework of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) encourages the timely payment of property taxes.

This was revealed on Monday by officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of the province of Sorsogon, following the distribution of individual computerized land titles or C-titles in the area.

It has been learned that in Casiguran, Sorsogon, 34 land reform beneficiaries have recently paid their land taxes.

Francisco Lariosa, Revenue Collection Officer of the Casiguran Municipal Treasurer’s Office also confirmed the positive effect of subdividing the CCLOAs, saying that they have so far collected a total of 209,670 pesos in property taxes from the said beneficiaries. Agrarian Reform (ARB) this month.
Lariosa said the tax payments boosted LGU’s own-source revenue.

The treasury is still awaiting payments from beneficiary farmers who have not yet paid property taxes on their farms.

“With the help of the DAR, our efforts to improve tax collection will only be effective if we can win the cooperation of our farmers by assuring them that their hard-earned money is being spent effectively,” he added.

Lariosa urged other beneficiary farmers to also comply with their tax obligations. “If you already have DAR-issued emancipation patents [EPs] or Allocation of land ownership certificates [CLOAs]he said, you should go to the local treasurer’s office where your land is and pay your taxes on time to avoid additional fines.

Sorsogon Land Reform Chief Nida A. Santiago said the ARBs were among 46 beneficiaries of 55.4466 hectares of farmland formerly owned by Augorio Martires and Carmen Manabat in the villages of Mabini and Timbayog.

The said property is one of the 84 targeted land holdings, with collective titles from 13 municipalities being distributed among the beneficiaries individually under the DAR’s Support for Land Parcelization for the Allocation of Individual Titles (SPLIT) project.

The SPLIT project subdivides CCLOAs into individual titles to be reallocated to beneficiaries who are co-owners of land.

Sorsogon intends to subdivide 8,461.1331 hectares by 2023, ensuring that each ARB has its own land title.

According to Santiago, the SPLIT project has provided ARBs with ownership documents that clearly show their absolute ownership, which they can use to access markets, programs and incentives that will enable them to improve agricultural productivity, thereby increasing their incomes. .

Santiago said the fragmentation of collective CLOAs will not only solve the problems that have caused the ARB’s insecure property rights to allocated land, but will also help local government units collect new taxes.

“Tax compliance is a mark of ownership. As the main CARP implementer, we are responsible for ensuring that farmers respect their rights and obligations as new owners of property acquired by the government.

“We believe that payment of land tax by CARP beneficiaries to LGUs will commence from the time the DAR allocates the land to them.” This is clear under section 24 of RA 6657,” she said.

She added that agricultural land is valued on its ability to generate income (its agricultural economic value).

Meanwhile, Casiguran Municipal Land Reform Officer Mariam G. Jamoralin helped farmers pay their taxes and obtain property tax returns by putting them directly in touch with the offices of the Municipal Treasurer and the assessor.

“The municipal assessor must have a receipt attesting to the payment and the update of the property tax before issuing the tax declarations. And that’s why we initiated a pulong-pulong to inform them of their responsibilities,” Jamoralin explained.