'Give new life, glorious finish to CARP,' CBCP head, 80 other prelates urge PNoy, Congress

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interaksyonlogoMANILA, Philippines – Eighty-one Catholic Church prelates including the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged anew President Benigno Aquino III and Congress to pass two bills that seek the extension and overhauling of the implementation of the 27-year-old Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). 

In a statement, the group composed of 15 archbishops, 59 bishops, and seven Church administrators renewed their call on the government and members of the Senate and House of Representatives to “give new life and glorious finish” to CARP, which was started in 1988 by then President Corazon Aquino, the mother of the incumbent.

“In particular, at this time, we appeal to the President to certify as urgent, and to the members of the two chambers of Congress to immediately pass the two proposed laws… which are in various stages of consideration in the Senate and the House of Representatives,” they said in a two-page letter recently sent to Malacanang.

The prelates are referring to the measures, House Bill 4296, which seeks to renew the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)’s authority to issue notices of coverage and provide adequate funding for support services to agricultural landholdings that have not yet been placed under CARP and House Bill 4375, which seeks to create an independent Agrarian Reform Commission to review the actual accomplishment of CARP and investigate circumventions and violations of the CARP Law with a view to cause these landholdings to be redistributed to qualified beneficiaries.

“Not extending CARP and ensuring the gains of the program is tantamount to disenfranchising at least a million farmers of their right to own the land they till, equitably share in the fruits of their labor and find a path out of poverty,” the prelates said.

It would be recalled that President Aquino certified as urgent the passage of HB 4296, but the House has not yet passed the supposedly priority bill on third and final reading last June 2014.

The senators have already passed the counterpart Senate Bill 2278 but HB 4375, which also remains pending at the House, does not yet have a counterpart measure at the Senate and needs to be certified by the President as a priority measure.

“To the Filipino people’s representatives: please do not allow the agrarian reform program to die a quiet death before its noble mission to finally emancipate and liberate our farmers is fully achieved,” the prelates added.

The Catholic prelates noted that there are still about 708,000 hectares of agricultural landholdings that have not yet been awarded to farmer-beneficiaries of the CARP based on the August 2014 data of the DAR.

Likewise, there is an estimated 1 million to 1.5 million hectares being claimed by the DAR as distributed “are not under the control of farmer-beneficiaries and are suspect as evasions of the law such as lands under collective CLOA (certificate of landownership award) and long-term leaseback agreements and lands distributed as VLTs (voluntary land transfers) and VOS (voluntary offer to sell).”

“Unless these transactions are voided and the land distributed to legitimate farmer-beneficiaries, the landowners and the DAR personnel complicit in the evasions will be rewarded for defying the law,” the group said.

Those who signed the letter are:

1. Most Rev. Jose F. Advincula Jr, DD, Archbishop of Capiz and CBCP Permanent Council West Visayas Representative

2. Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto, DD, Archbishop Emeritus of San Fernando, Pampanga

3. Most Rev. Ramon C. Arguelles, DD, Archbishop of Lipa

4. Most Rev. Fernando Capalla, DD, Archbishop Emeritus of Davao

5. Most Rev. Romulo T. dela Cruz, DD, Archbishop of Zamboanga

6. Most Rev. Angel N. Lagdameo, DD, Archbishop of Jaro

7. Most Rev. Florentino G. Lavarias, DD, Archbishop of San Fernando, Pampanga

8. Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, DD, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro

9. Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, SJ, DD, Archbishop of Cebu

10. Most Rev. Marlo M. Peralta, DD, Archbishop of Nueva Segovia

11. Most Rev. Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, DD, Archbishop of Cotabato

12. Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, Archbishop of Caceres

13. Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, DD, Archbishop of Tuguegarao

14. Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, DD, Archbishop of Davao, CBCP Vice President

15. Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, CBCP President

16. Most Rev. Isabelo C. Abarquez, DD, Bishop Calbayog

17. Most Rev. Narciso V. Abellana, MSC, DD, Bishop of Romblon

18. Most Rev. Guillermo D. Afable, DD, Bishop of Digos

19. Most Rev. Gerardo A. Alminaza, DD, Bishop of San Carlos

20. Most Rev. Benjamin J. Almoneda Jr., DD, Bishop Emeritus of Daet

21. Most Rev. Ireneo A. Amantillo, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Tandag

22. Most Rev. David William V. Antonio, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Segovia

23. Most Rev. Pedro D. Arigo, DD, Vicar Apostolic of Puerto Princesa

24. Most Rev. Ricardo L. Baccay, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Tuguegarao

25. Most Rev. Filomeno G. Bactol, DD, Bishop of Naval

26. Most Rev. Jose Colin M. Bagaforo, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Cotabato

27. Most Rev. Sofronio A. Bancud, Bishop of Cabanatuan, CBCP Permanent Council Central Luzon Representative

28. Most Rev. Jose S. Bantolo, DD, Bishop of Masbate

29. Most Rev. Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, DD, Bishop of Sorsogon

30. Most Rev. Joel Z. Baylon, Bishop of Legazpi

31. Most Rev. Rodolfo F. Beltran, DD, Bishop of San Fernando, La Union, CBCP Permanent Council North Mindanao Representative

32. Most Rev. Patricio A. Buzon, SBD, DD, Bishop of Kabankalan

33. Most Rev. Emmanuel T. Cabajar, C.SS.R.,DD, Bishop of Pagadian

34. Jose A. Cabantan, DD, Bishop of Malaybalay, CBCP Permanent Council North Mindanao Representative

35. Most Rev. Severo C. Caermare, DD, Bishop of Dipolog

36. Rev. Warlito I. Cajindig, DD, Vicar Apostolic of Calapan

37. Most Rev. Precioso D. Cantillas, SBD, DD, Bishop of Maasin

38. Most Rev. Carlito J. Cenzon, CICM, DD, Bishop of Baguio

39. Most Rev. Julito B. Cortes, DD, Bishop of Dumaguete

40. Most Rev. Bernardino C. Cortez, DD, Bishop of Infanta, CBCP Permanent Council South East Luzon Representative

41. Most Rev. Pablo Virgilo S. David, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga

42. Most Rev. Edwin A. dela Pena, MSP, DD, Bishop Prelate of Marawi

43. Most Rev. Francisco M. de Leon, Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo

44. Manolo A. delos Santos, DD, Bishop of Virac

45. Most Rev. Reynaldo G. Evangelista, DD, Bishop of San Pablo

46. Most Rev. Buenaventura M. Famadico, DD, Bishop of San Pablo

47. Most Rev. Elenito G. Galido, DD, Bishop of Iligan

48. Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD, Bishop of Bangued

49. Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD, Bishop of Urdaneta

50. Most Rev. Angelito R. Lampon, OMI, DD, Vicar Apostolic of Jolo, CBCP Permanent Council South Mindanao Representative

51. Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari, DD, Bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

52. Most Rev. Jose R. Manguiran, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Dipolog

53. Most Rev. Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, DD, Bishop of Tagum

54. Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, Bishop of Laoag

55. Most Rev. Joseph A. Nacua, OFMCAP, DD, Bishop of Iligan

56. Most Rev. Vicente M. Navarra, DD, Bishop of Bacolod

57. Most Rev. Nereo P. Odchimar, DD, Bishop of Tandag

58. Most Rev. Honesto P. Ongtioco, DD, Bishop of Cubao

59. Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila

60. Most Rev. Honesto Chaves Pacana, SJ, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Malaybalay

61. Most Rev. Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon, DD, Bishop of Talibon

62. Most Rev. Juan de Dios M. Pueblos, DD, Bishop of Butuan

63. Most Rev. Lucilo Quiambao, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Legaspi

64. Most Rev. Antonio R. Ranola, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Cebu

65. Most Rev. Gabriel V. Reyes, DD, Bishop of Antipolo

66. Most Rev. George B. Rimando, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Davao

67. Most Rev. Jose Corazon T. Tala-oc, DD, Bishop of Kalibo

68. Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD, Bishop of Novaliches

69. Most Rev. Julius S. Tonel, DD, Bishop of Ipil

70. Most Rev. Emmanuel C. Trance, DD, Bishop of Catarman

71. Most Rev. Leopoldo S. Tumulak, DD, military ordinary

72. Most Rev. Crispin B. Varquez, DD, Bishop of Borongan, CBCP Permanent Council East Visayas Representative

73. Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, DD, Bishop of Pasig

74. Most Rev. Ramon B. Villena, DD, Bishop of Bayombong

75. Rev. Edito S. Bano, Apostolic Administrator of Mati

76. Rev. Elino S. Esplana, Administrator of Boac

77. Rev. Carlito R. Garcia, Administrator of Kidapawan

78. Rev. Msgr. Jose T. Lagdameo, HP, JCL, Administrator of Gumaca

79. Rev. Daniel O. Presto, Administrator of Iba

80. Rev. Rey Jose D. Ragudos, Administrator of Alaminos

81. Rev. Joseph W. Requino, Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe

 Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/106021/give-new-life-glorious-finish-to-carp-cbcp-head-80-other-prelates-urge-pnoy-congress