Unused Cotabato land should go to farmers

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manila bulletin blue logoThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is seeking the intervention of President Duterte for the distribution of some 3,800 hectares of reservation areas of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) to landless farmers. In a memorandum addressed to the President, DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano asked for the issuance of a presidential order that will support the placement of unused portion of the landholdings of the USM and CFCST under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Mariano also asked President Duterte that his agency be allowed “to immediately proceed with the acquisition and distribution of the landholdings of the USM and the CFCST and the identification of possible beneficiaries.”

The DAR chief also asked the President to direct the Commission on Higher Education and the governing Board of Directors of the USM and the CFCST to issue the necessary resolutions that would allow the DAR to cover the institutions’ unused areas.

Both schools’ unused areas cover a total of 3,878 hectares, which encompass through seven barangays of the municipality of Arakan, Cotabato – Badiangon, Doroluman, Ilustre, Makalangot, Malibatuan, Meocan and Naje.

Source: http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/05/23/unused-cotabato-land-should-go-to-farmers/