CARL extension OK, opines DOJ

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inquirer netMANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) sees no legal or constitutional impediments to moves in the House of Representatives to extend anew the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), which is set to expire on June 30.

Land redistribution continues after CARPER -- DAR

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businessworld OLTHE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) yesterday said the distribution of land to farmers will continue even though the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER; Republic Act 9700) will expire this June 30.

Land distribution won't stop after CARPER expires - DAR

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abscbn newscomMANILA - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said the distribution of land to farmers will proceed even if the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) law will expire on June 30.

The DAR also defended itself against criticisms it is sleeping on the job, explaining the acquisition of private agricultural lands for distribution is a very long and tedious process.

DAR denies releasing Malampaya funds

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rapplerMANILA, Philippines – Days after a farmer group accused government officials of misusing millions from the Malampaya Fund, the Department of Agrarian Reform says it never received any portion of the fund during the term of President Benigno Aquino III.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Monday, January 20, filed a plunder case against Aquino, DAR secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and 9 others before the Ombudsman.

The group accused the officials of channeling Malampaya funds into bogus NGOs and purchasing farming products that never reached their intended beneficiaries.

The group claimed that a total of P125 million was misused. P100 million went to organic farming projects of WorkPhil Foundation and Samahang Magsasaka sa Kapatagan at Kabundukan that supposedly were never implemented. Another P25 million was allegedly distributed to 5 NGOs for agricultural development projects that were never realized.