The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) today clarified and stressed that a clearance from the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) to lease is only required for agricultural lands awarded to qualified Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and covered by Emancipation Patents (EPs)/Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs). The lease of agricultural land which is not CARP-awarded does not need PARC or DAR clearance.
DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said that he would just like to make this correction in the light of news reports that he allegedly said that a landowner needs to get DAR clearance prior to leasing land not exceeding 5 hectares and not covered by CARP.
The Agrarian Reform Chief said confusion might have arisen because of the fact that DAR clearance is required for the transfer or sale of any agricultural land to ensure that the transferee or buyer will not own more than 5 hectares of agricultural land as a result of the transfer or sale. The transfer of CARP-awarded land also needs DAR clearance to ensure that the 10-year holding period has lapsed and that the beneficiary selling the land had fully paid the amortization.
The DAR issued this statement to further shed light on the issue of clearance regarding the acquisition of businessman Antonio Tiu of the 150-hectare farmlot allegedly owned by Laureano Gregorio Jr.
DAR stressed that it has no record in its database of Laureano Gregorio Jr. as an landowner of a CARP-covered land (already distributed or in the balance still to be distributed). DAR also has no record of Mr. Gregorio being issued a DAR clearance to transfer. He is also not a farmer beneficiary of CARP. This does not mean, however, that Mr. Gregorio does not own land in Rosario; it is the Register of Deeds that has the complete records of all lands in Rosario and other places.