DAR vows to distribute 358 hectares of CARP-covered Tadeco lands

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business mirrorA TOTAL of 358 hectares of agricultural land owned by Tarlac Development Corp. (Tadeco), a company owned by the Cojuangco-Aquino family, are now covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and will undergo the process of land acquisition and distribution.
This was revealed on Sunday by Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, who said Tadeco lands now covered by CARP include nine lots covered by eight titles in barangays Balete and Cutcut in Tarlac City.

De los Reyes said the notices of coverage were issued after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), “in the ordinary course of its operation,” determined that the landholdings is CARPable, or can be covered by the program.

As such, de los Reyes appealed to all parties concerned to abide by the processes of the law.

He reiterated that “merely entering and cultivating” the farm lots will not qualify a person to become an agrarian-reform beneficiary.

Premature entrance and cultivation of the land, he warned, can be a ground for disqualification from being a beneficiary of landholdings covered by the CARP.

On the other hand, de los Reyes warned Tadeco against conducting activities tantamount to premature or illegal land use or conversion.

He said that the DAR will strictly adhere to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law in the acquisition and distribution of the Tadeco lands.

He clarified that the 358 hectares of Tadeco are not covered by the Supreme Court (SC) April 24, 2012, order that directs the DAR to immediately distribute a more than 4,000-hectare portion of the Hacienda Luisita, which is managed by the Hacienda Luisita Inc., another Cojuangco-Aquino family company.

The notice of coverage is the first or initial step in the process of acquiring and distributing land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).

De los Reyes said the next step is to determine who are qualified to become beneficiaries.

Considering that the land at issue is not part of the landmark SC decision, de los Reyes said the rules on who are qualified to become beneficiaries are provided in the CARL as amended by CARP extension with reform and DAR Administrative Order 7, series of 2013, and all other related rules of the agency on land acquisition and distribution of private agricultural lands.

On Saturday police and security personnel of Tadeco arrested eight farmers during the reported bulldozing of lands that they had cultivated and planted with rice and vegetable without the consent and approval of the landowner.

Tadeco had already sent notices of eviction to a total of 134 farmers in Barangay Balete.

The company maintained that the farmers entered without permission and that the farming activities were illegal. (by Jonathan L. Mayuga, 23Dec 2013)

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