As Carp expires, DAR faces massive court cases for NOCs

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


FORMER Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluella, national president of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Association (Confed), said that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) faces massive court cases for the publication of the Notice of Coverage (NOC) for land distribution which was done in a hurry.

He said that DAR continued with the NOC without authority because it failed to get approval before the 15th Congress adjourned.

Coscolluela said that several land owners in the province who were issued the NOC are bringing their opposition to the Supreme Court especially that DAR went on a shortcut in its process of issuing the NOC.

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Several lands that were included in the lists were not “Carp-able” lands and DAR was very indiscriminate that even a non-existing land in Silay City and De Salle-Antipolo were included in the list published in some national dailies.

Coscolluela added that despite the expiration of the 26-year-old land reform Monday, the program will continue.

"We will expect that starting today until December this year, DAR will be barraged with massive protests and complaints for its actions," he added.

Meanwhile, the national government on Monday reiterated that the distribution of land to farmers continues despite the expiration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (Carper) on June 30.

“Patuloy po ang land distribution. So the end of Carper does not mean the end of land distribution. We are in the process of distributing lands based on those properties, based on those land holdings that have been issued Notice of Coverage (NOC),” said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing.

Lacierda said Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes is committed to pursuing and to issuing the NOC.

“In fact, naka-issue siya until today, last day na ngayon ng issuance of Notice of Coverage. Yes, there have been significant improvements on the amount of land holdings being covered by CARP,” he said.

An NOC initiates the compulsory acquisition and distribution of private agricultural lands, one of the modes of distribution under the Carper.

“The early part of Carp, ang kina-Carp kasi natin ‘yung mga huge government holdings na walang problema sa taumbayan because these are government lands. Pwedeng kunin kaagad. We are now going through landholdings which are owned by private individuals na talagang there will expectedly be resistance,” Lacierda added.

The expired land acquisition and distribution (LAD) component of the Carper was in pursuant to Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law. (With reports from PNA)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 01, 2014.

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