Duterte to distribute land titles to Boracay tribe on Nov. 8 — DAR

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28) — President Rodrigo Duterte will give Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to Ati tribe in Boracay next month.

This was confirmed to CNN Philippines by Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Emily Padilla and DAR Region 6 Director Stephen Leonides, who said the distribution would happen on Nov. 8.

Some 3.1 hectares of land in Barangay Manocmanoc would be distributed next month.

Last week, DAR Secretary John Castriciones said the tribe could occupy the land.

This is in line with President Duterte's previous statement that he wants to place the world-famous island under land reform.

Officials are now working with the Registry of Deeds for the issuance of a CLOA to some 48 members of the Ati tribe. Ownership will be collective, as requested by the tribe.

The government is also looking into the eligibility of around 60 members from the Tumandok tribe.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Jonas Leones, however, said a bigger area will be given to 31 indigenous people families. He said 7.8 hectares of land may be distributed before Christmas.