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DAR chief urged to clarify with field officers land distribution continues despite CARP expiration

Negros farmers speak up to complete the land distribution process…because CARP did not end last June 30 in the first place! Only additional coverage has been stopped.

Read Interaksyon’s article here.

Baguilat tells farmers CARP lives on after June 30; but vigilance needed to pass NOC continuation bill

Orders DAR to submit list of Notices of Coverage balance to COCAR immediately

1 July 2014

This is a press release from the Philippine House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform and the Office of Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat.

Farmer beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) should not despair because the agrarian reform program continues.

This was the declaration of Ifugao Congressman and House Committee on Agrarian Reform Chair Teddy Brawner Baguilat as misinformation and misinterpretation continue to spread that the CARP ended on June 30.

“Contrary to media reports and misconceptions, only the program’s acquisition and distribution of unacquired and undistributed agricultural lands will end on June 30, 2014 as per Sec. 5 of R.A. 9700, which amended the CARP. Pending cases and proceedings for acquisition and distribution as of June 30 will proceed until finality, based on Sec. 30 of the same law,” Baguilat stressed.

“Unacquired and undistributed lands refer to lands that have not begun with the process of land acquisition and distribution, meaning Notices of Coverage have not been issued. The process of acquisition and distribution starts with the issuance of the NOC. The only thing that stopped on June 30 is the issuance of NOCs stops after June 30, 2014 with the absence of a new law extending the deadline,” Baguilat said.

Baguilat co-authored House Bill 4296 with Coop-NATCCO partylist representative Cresente Paez to propose the extension of NOC issuance to agricultural landholdings not yet placed under the agrarian reform program. Malacanang certified both House and Senate bills as urgent but a law was not passed on the last session days of Congress.

The Congressman reiterates that CARP components aside from land acquisition and distribution, such as support services provision and agrarian justice delivery will continue based on R.A. 6657 as amended by R.A. 9700.

“I assure our farmers who have been identified as CARP beneficiaries with landholdings currently being processed for distribution or have filed cases for petitions for coverage that the Committee on Agrarian Reform will compel DAR to speed up the processing of their titles or acting on their petitions until final distribution,” Baguilat promised.

Congressman Baguilat also called on farmers and advocates to be vigilant and continue to urge Congress and Malacañang to push for the passage of the bills continuing NOC issuance for the sake of farmers whose landholdings were not issued Notices of Coverage or were not able to file Petitions for Coverage on June 30.

Meanwhile, Baguilat called on the DAR to immediately submit to his Committee definitive data on the areas not yet covered by NOCs after June 30, where these lands are located and who are their intended beneficiaries.

“I also urge all officials of DAR, from the Secretary down to the provincial and municipal officers to be steadfast in continuing to implement CARP until finality. Bear in mind that your task as DAR involves more than accomplishing CARP targets but realizing social justice and transforming small farmers from tillers to producer-entrepreneurs,” Baguilat insisted. #


Baguilat asserts: It is not the END of CARP on June 30, 2014

Calls on DAR to immediately issue all Notices of Coverage by end of June

24 June 2014

This is a press release from the Philippine House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform and the Office of Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat.

“The implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program or CARP as amended WILL CONTINUE after June 30, 2014. CARP lives!” declared Ifugao representative and House Committee on Agrarian Reform Chair Teddy Brawner Baguilat in a Bangsamoro forum yesterday.

“I would like to emphasize to the public that based on Sec. 30 of Republic Act 9700 amending RA 6657, only the issuance of Notices of Coverage (NOCs) by the Department of Agrarian Reform on lands not yet acquired for CARP distribution will stop by July 1, 2014. All other land transfer processes of lands already covered, support services provision and agrarian justice delivery will proceed until finality based on the law,” Baguilat stressed.

NOC issuance starts the process of Land Acquisition and Distribution under the CARP. With the failure of both Houses of Congress to pass a law continuing NOC issuance last June 11, CARP acquisition of lands will stop on July 1.

“However, under Section 30 of RA 9700, any case proceeding which may remain pending on June 30, 2014 shall be allowed to proceed to its finality and be executed beyond such date. Petitions for Coverage from farmers will be considered as ongoing cases,” said Baguilat.

Baguilat co-authored HB 4296 with Coop-NATCCO partylist representative Crescente Paez to propose the extension of NOC issuance to agricultural landholdings not yet placed under the agrarian reform program.

“Malacanang certified the bill as urgent but was still not passed on the last session days due to stiff opposition of representatives from the Visayas and the Makabayan block. But as Chairperson of the House Committee on Agrarian Reform, I am committed to have this bill pass when Congress resumes for the sake of the farmers already awaiting the distribution of those lands,” promised the ifugao solon.

As of May 2014, DAR reported around 5,635 NOCs for 48,344 hectares still need to be prepared while 8,450 NOCs for 40,348 hectares need to be published or delivered to their respective landowners.

“In this regard, I urge DAR Secretary Gil delos Reyes and all DAR personnel to distribute ALL remaining 14,085 NOCs by June 30, 2014. Work triple time if you must. Work hard for the landless farmers who are relying on CARP,” Baguilat appealed.

The House Committee of Agrarian Reform has yet to receive its request from DAR for the latest remaining balance of NOCs still for issuance.

The requested information is needed by the Committee to support HB4296 and Senate Bill 2188 when the second regular session of Congress opens on July 28, 2014 and by the Congressional Oversight Committee on Agrarian Reform (COCAR) in monitoring CARP implementation.

Phil President moves to extend CARP for 2 more years; farmers praise President’s action
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines – A day after the 26th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program that was started by the administration of his mother, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday, June 11, certified as urgent the bill extending CARP until 2016, Malacanang announced Wednesday.

With still more than half a million hectares of mostly big private agricultural landholdings that have not yet been distributed to thousands of landless tillers, Aquino gave his commitment to farmers to finish CARP before he steps down, a promise he had made during his 2012 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The President reached the decision after a two-hour meeting in Malacanang on June 10 with the following farmers and leaders of peasant organizations: Arnel Figueroa of the group Pesante, Dorita Vargas of Hacienda Canticbil-Manalo in Negros Occidental, Armando Jarilla of Task Force Mapalad, Organi Biong of Bitangan Estate, Rene Cerilla of Pakisama, and Maribel Luzara of Kilusang Magbubukid sa Bundok Peninsula.

Aquino made his commitment less than three weeks before the law extending CARP for five more years expires at the end of the month and also on the last session day of Congress on Wednesday, June 11, before it adjourns sine die from June 14 to July 27, 2014.  Read More