SAN JUAN, La Union--Department Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Brother John Castriciones has urged the chairpersons of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committees (PARCCOM) to push for a stronger implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) nationwide.
The DAR is currently holding a national conference for the PARCCOM to orient them on the latest and revised DAR guidelines, as well as apprise them on the status of the agrarian reform program implementation, to underscore the challenges hounding the implementation of the program.
Castriciones, who is the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Vice-Chairman said the activity plays a significant role in accomplishing President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders for the DAR.
“The President has ordered us to finish the DAR’s land acquisition and distribution balance as soon as possible, distribute all government-owned lands and parcel the collective certificates of land ownership award to our farmer-beneficiaries. We need your commitment to help us accomplish this,” Castriciones said.
Castriciones stated that since the implementation of CARP in 1988, the government has 548,564 hectares remaining of lands to be distributed to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), which are mostly categorized as problematic landholdings.
Through Executive Order No. 75, signed by President Duterte in 2019, the department is mandated to distribute GOLs all over the country.
The Secretary also said that the department will be subdividing 1.3-million hectares of collective CLOAs through the implementation of Project SPLIT or Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling.
“Around 1.1-million farmers would benefit from SPLIT,” Castriciones said.
Project SPLIT is the enhancement of the regulatory framework for the parcelization and titling of collective CLOAs.
“If we will work hand-in-hand, we can do this,” Castriciones told the PARCCOM chairpersons.
The PARC is the highest policy-making body for agrarian reform in the country while the PARCCOM members are composed of representatives from various sectors such as landowners, farmer-beneficiaries, farmers’ organizations, cooperatives, indigenous peoples, and non-governmental organizations.
Participating in the conference are PARCCOM chairpersons, PARCCOM head secretariats, DAR officials, and representatives from CARP-implementing agencies: Land Bank of the Philippines, Departments of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Irrigation Administration, and Land Registration Administration.
The PARCCOM conference was held until Sept. 15, 2021, at the EM Royale Hotel in San Juan, La Union.