BOLINAO, Pangasinan - The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat is currently conducting a four-day National Exit Conference focusing on the auditing of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Implementing Agencies (CIAs) of their performance on the programs and projects under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) undertaken for calendar years 2009 to 2015.
“The goal of the CARP audit is to ensure the proper utilization of the agrarian reform fund as it relates to the physical performance of the CIAs,” said Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan who also serves as PARC Council Secretary.
“This audit would also help us evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of CARP implementation in the countryside,” Pañgulayan added.
The CARP audit is an activity of the Audit Management and Investigation Committee (AMIC), a body formed by PARC to ensure the transparency and accountability of the agrarian reform program.
“This is being conducted as a response to the call for an assessment of CARP implementation roused by both the Houses of Congress and other stakeholders of the program,” Pañgulayan noted.
Participating in the CARP audit are DAR officials, AMIC and AMIC technical working groups, field audit teams and the CIAs to include the Land Bank of the Phil. (LBP), Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and the Land Registration Administration (LRA).
PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce said that prior to the National Exit Conference, field audit teams (FAT) were formed in nine selected regions in the country. Each FAT, composed of representatives from CIAs and designations by the PARC Private Sector Representatives and from landowner and farmers’ sector conducted field audits based on the audit plan and methodologies approved by the AMIC. The FATs completed the audit in two months.
Ponce said each CIAs were audited on the following categories: DAR (land survey and agri-business venture agreements), DENR (inspection, verification and approval of land survey, public land survey, patent processing and issuance); LRA (registration of titles); LBP (land valuation/landowners’ compensation, land amortization collection, Pre-ocular inspection & joint DAR-LBP field inspection); DENR (community-based forest management); NIA (irrigation projects); DTI (trainings).
“This four-day activity in the National Exit Conference is their opportunity to present their findings to the auditees and for the auditees to react or address these findings,” said Ponce.
According to Ponce, the reports and audit findings could result in policy issuances from the PARC executive committee and the PARC, the highest policy and coordinating body of CARP.
“The audit findings, if it is too good or too bad, could trigger necessary changes in the operations of the CIAs relative to the program implementation. Or, it can lead to further investigation by the AMIC technical working group especially on findings with allegations of irregularities,” Ponce said.
The 2017 CARP Audit National Exit Conference is being held in Bolinao, Pangasinan from May 22-25, 2018.
Photo 1: PARC Council Secretary Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan thanking the AMIC and the field audit teams for their valuable service.
Photo 2: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce (middle) welcoming the CIA representatives.
Photo 3: Resource speaker Mr. Ricardo San Andres explaining the CARP-audit process to the participants.
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