A resident of Brgy. Talacagay, Hinobaan town, Negros Occidental, who has occupied for 15 years land owned by Blanca Bilbao-Beltran placed under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, is asking the agency to include her in the coverage and make her a beneficiary.
At a press conference at the Negros Press Club building in Bacolod City, yesterday Hermenia Colasisang, 64, said she is cultivating and occupying the 1.0148 hectares with lot numbers 15 and 16.
She said she and her son Bernie, plant fruit-bearing trees like jackfruit, coconut, lanzones, pineapples, and bananas for their livelihood.
She said Brgy. Capt. Edith Tacdoro ordered her to vacate the land early this month saying that they have no right to stay there after she received P50,000 in cash from Romeo and Josephine Khey, of Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, through Tacdoro.
Colasisang said she used to take care of Emma Khey, parents of Romeo and Josephine, and a stepbrother Julian Grejaldo, before they passed away, and claimed that she and Emma had a verbal agreement about the land since she was not paid for her services.
She admitted that she accepted the money and signed a document, but claimed she did not know what was in it.
Gloria Cañonero, DAR senior agrarian reform program technologist, yesterday said that, based on the land survey conducted in 1997 for Beltran’s land, Colasisang was not in the list of beneficiaries and the records also showed that Lot 15 was occupied by Elinda Lisera and Lot 16 by Vicente Valdeviso.
Colasisang can check the status of her petition and was asked to verify with the final land survey, she also said.
Cañonero also said that lands covered under CAPR are not for sale and or lease to private persons. *LTG