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Duterte distributes 2 hectares of agri land to Boracay tribe today

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to distribute certificates of land ownership award (CLOA) to the Ati tribe in Boracay island, Aklan province today, Thursday.

A total of 621 CLOAs will be given to 515 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) for the 274.5827 hectares of land in the island, an advisory sent by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said.

The PCOO said the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization, comprising of 44 ARBs, will receive four CLOAs or 2.2657 hectares of Boracay’s land.

Meanwhile, 471 ARBs from Barangays Kabuhilan in Malay town; Nazareth in Buruanga town; and Tagas in Tangalan town will also be awarded with lands.

Duterte had promised to declare the entire island of Boracay a land reform area after ordering the island’s closure for six months to allow the concerned government agencies to fix its sewage and drainage systems.

Last October 26, Boracay, which the chief executive previously described as a “cesspool,” was formally reopened for business.

Earlier, Duterte said he will only go to the resort island to lead the distribution of the lands to its indigenous peoples.

“Eh sabi nila bukas mag-inaugurate sabi ko… I will go to Boracay but I will go to distribute the lands given to the Atis. Hindi ako masyado — 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,” the President said during the book launching of former President Fidel Ramos’ Prosper Thy Neighbor.