Mandurriao, Iloilo City - Agrarian law experts and personnel of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) converge in this city for a four-day national conference to discuss and address issues and concerns to promote social justice in the second phase of the comprehensive agrarian reform program.
Legal Affairs Office Undersecretary Atty. Luis Meinrado Pangulayan, who spearheads the event, told the participants that social justice is the equalization of the social and economic forces by the state.
“Most of the poor are those under the bondage of soil. We need to give land to the landless,” Pangulayan said.
Pangulayan said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the DAR to distribute all government-owned lands to the farmers.
“We’ve submitted to Malacanang the executive order which features the continuous coverage of lands whether they are public domain, government-owned, or privately owned, which resumes the issuance of notices of coverages to landowners,” Pangulayan said.
The undersecretary added that they also proposed to remove the 6% interest per annum in the amortization of the farmers.
Broadening the support services to the agrarian farmer beneficiaries is also included in the second phase of agrarian reform.
“The DAR would not just boost the agricultural and economic lives of our farmers, their other needs would also be covered such as their education, health, and shelter, among others,” Pangulayan explained.
He also revealed that another component of the bill includes a more defined provision on agrarian law implementation, reconciling conflicting laws and defining the role of judiciary in the implementation of agrarian reform.
Pangulayan said that the DAR would also have an Agrarian Reform Justice on Wheels, a concept where the DAR would travel to the rural communities to resolve agrarian disputes.
The National Conference will be held until December 6, 2018 in District 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
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