Philippine farmers group hits DAR’s performance
Business Mirror, June 17, 2014
by Jonathan Mayuga
FARMERS and agrarian- reform advocates on Tuesday expressed doubt that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) can even meet a 50,000-hectare land-distribution target two weeks before June 30, the expiration of the land acquisition and distribution (LAD) component of Republic Act 9700, or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reform (CARPer).
Alberto Jayme, president of Task Force Mapalad (TFM), said the DAR’s target for the last two weeks of CARP is way below the nationwide balance of landholdings that have not yet been officially placed under the program.
TFM farmers fear that upon the expiration of the land acquisition and distribution component of CARPer, landholdings not officially placed under the program would be indefinitely “frozen” insisting that there is no enabling law that would allow the DAR to continue acquiring the landholdings and distributing them to thousands of landless tillers. Read more
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