Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio R. delos Reyes visited Surigao del Norte last Sunday, March 24, 2013 bringing good news and information of land balances to be distributed before the end of CARP by 2014.
According to the Secretary, there is no law stating that DAR will end on June 30, 2014. Moreover, 2014 is also not a deadline for land distribution. He said that, “It is easy to give government owned public land than to give private agricultural land,” and the present status of Administrative Order No. 34 that still in the process of study at the senate. He also stressed the possibility of CLOA distribution at Hacienda Luisita by June this year.
The secretary was also at Tavern Hotel, Surigao City for a Press Conference where he was asked about the “Tulay ng Pangulo” and why it was not implemented yet. He answered gracefully in a form of joke that, “May mga tulay, wala namang ilog at may tulay naman na hahanapan pa ng ilog.”
He also answered the issue of duplications of functions in the Department with other line agencies like the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Land Registration Authority (LRA). The Secretary replied by joking, “Kaya nga mas maitim ang taga DAR kaysa mga taga DENR,” since DAR assists in the actual performance of the survey, collecting data relevant to the support in complying the land titles.
The secretary at Dinner/Press Conference: