THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to improve its land tenure services (LTS) as it seeks to hasten the distribution of properties to landless farmers.
“[W]e deem it necessary that the land tenure services improve so that the delivery of land acquisition and distribution (LAD) targets of the department is ensured,” DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Rafael Marcos D. Risonar, Jr. said in statement released by the agency.
“We are also creating a task force to speedup the installation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). This task force would ensure that ARBs are in their awarded lands and actually tilling them themselves,” Mr. Risonar added.
Under the directive, DAR’s field operations offices were mandated to regularly update LTS databases and balances, set LTS targets, regularly monitor LTS field activities and strengthen working relationship with DAR’s co-partners in LTS.
Land acquisition and distribution involves the redistribution of government and private agricultural lands to landless farmers and farm workers. This secures farmers’ tenure and provides them with necessary resources needed to ensure that they spur productivity in their farmlands.
Leasehold operations, on the other hand, refers to the alternative non-land transfer scheme covering all tenanted agricultural lands, such as retained areas, those not yet acquired for distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), and those which may be validly covered under existing laws.
CARP is covered under Republic Act 6657, which recognizes the right of landless farmers and regular farmworkers to own directly or collectively the lands they till or, in other cases, to receive just a share in revenues generated from their yield. --JCL