DAR denies padding accomplishments

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feb 10 2014 pix 1The current leadership of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) denied that it is padding its figures in its accomplishment reports. Some agrarian reform advocates made this allegations in the House Committee on Agrarian Reform last February 5, 2014 and repeated in recent media statements though without details.

In early 2013, the TFM made this accusation claiming discrepancy between DAR’s preliminary report of 2012 accomplishment and those reported by the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

At that time, Undersecretary for Field Operations Jose Grageda explained that final validated accomplishment data are not usually available during the first two months of the year. However, when there are requests for information on accomplishment from the public or the legislators, DAR consolidates preliminary data reported by its field offices and releases a preliminary accomplishment report.

feb 10 2014 pix 2He cites the Joint DAR-LRA MC No. 20, series of 1997, the reckoning date of LAD accomplishment is the date when the EPs/CLOAs are manually recorded in the Primary Entry Book , or as in the case today, when the ROD assigns the Electronic Primary Entry Book (EPEB) number to each EP or CLOA. Furthermore, said JMC stated that “those EPs/CLOAs entered in the Primary Entry Book as of December 31 shall be signed by the Register of Deeds as soon as possible but not later than end of January of the ensuing Calendar Year. Any validation of accomplishment shall be conducted after January 31.” Because of the validation process, DAR field offices cannot pad their accomplishments; nor can the Central Office.pad 0776

Final 2012 accomplishment reported by DAR after validation by the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers (PARPOs) with the Registries of Deeds was consistent LRA records.

Grageda added, “DAR has always based its data on the EP/CLOAs that they are able to register with the Register of Deeds. This is why the figures on Hacienda Luisita are now included in the 2013 report.”

Jaime Tadeo of the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance recently criticized the DAR for including these figures when they have yet to install the beneficiaries.