San Fernando, Pampanga. – Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary (DAR) Secretary Brother John Castriciones is set to meet his field officials in Central Luzon on June 11, 2021, to finalize strategies and mechanisms to immediately distribute all government-owned lands (GOLs) in the region.
“The distribution of idle government-owned lands is a top priority of the DAR Secretary following the issuance by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Executive Order No. 75, series of 2019,” DAR Central Luzon Regional Director Atty. Maria Celestina Tam said.
EO 75 directs all government instrumentalities to identify lands owned by the government devoted or suitable for agricultural purposes for distribution to identified qualified beneficiaries.
Tam disclosed that in the province of Pampanga alone, DAR is eyeing to fast track the distribution of around 300 hectares of land within the Pampanga State Agricultural University or PSAU. Other areas she said will follow suit to identify GOLs for possible distribution to agrarian reform beneficiaries in their respective provinces.
The Secretary’s visit in the city of San Fernando, Pampanga coincides with the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), where a general assembly of all DAR Region 3 officials and personnel will be held.
On this day, Castriciones, together with his other top officials, aside from tackling the major issues in the region, will draw up the necessary measures to ensure a swift distribution of all agricultural lands in Central Luzon, specifically those owned by the government which are suitable for agricultural purposes.