QUEZON CITY – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones convened the 140th executive meeting of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC Execom) on Monday, June 25, 2018.
One of the major agenda being discussed is the President’s policy pronouncement that all government-owned lands, including military reservations and those lands previously allocated to state colleges and other government institutions, which remains to be idle and are actually being utilized as agricultural lands can now be distributed to farmer-beneficiaries by means of an executive order.
“Although there is the existing Executive Order No. 407, which allows us to cover government-owned lands, there are some legal impediments because if the government institution does not cooperate or execute a deed of transfer to the DAR, it will be stalled or it will not proceed. Under the new executive order which is proposed, all we have to do is serve a notice of segregation and transfer and in a matter of how many days it will be turned over to us and we will immediately implement the distribution of this land to our farmer-beneficiaries and of course, we give priority to those who already occupied the land,” Castriciones said.
The DAR chief said that he is hoping that this becomes a law as soon as the President signed this executive order.
The PARC is the highest policy- and decision-making body for agrarian reform matters and disputes, where the President presides as chair and the agrarian reform secretary as vice chair.
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