DAR identifies two-pronged approach to fast-track CARP implementation
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), being the lead implementing agency of comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP), is set to implement a two-pronged approach to separately cover more private and public agricultural lands for distribution to landless farmers.
For government-owned agricultural lands, DAR is looking at identifying unclassified public lands or lands of the public domain with still no classification that may be converted into agricultural land.
“To achieve this, we have drafted an executive order (EO) for approval by the President,” DAR Secretary John Castriciones said.
He said that a bill is also being prepared by DAR which would contain procedures to acquire more agricultural lands for distribution and more measures to empower farmers.
“In this bill that we are drafting, we will distribute individual CLOAs instead of collective CLOAs [certificate of land ownership award]. The President prefers this, and we agree because it is more empowering for farmers,” Castriciones further said.
“Individual CLOAs is better because it enables farmer-beneficiaries to have a clear and defined ownership of parcels of land. Unlike in collective CLOAs where a group of farmers owns the land,” he added.
He said the EO and the bill if approved and enacted, would greatly contribute in pursuing the second phase of agrarian reform.