Editorial: What is DAR doing?-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
ALBEIT mere allegations, hence, unverified, had cropped up during the press briefing on some complaints concerning the Campuestohan Highland Resort owned by Ricardo “Cano” Tan in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, some salient issues had surfaced that should have alerted some concerned government agencies.
Among the “serious” issues worth looking into is the reported sale of some portions of lands classified and awarded by the government under its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp).
Matters pertaining to the access to the property being claimed by some private individuals are better threshed out in a civil case, of course, in the regular courts of law, but the Carp thing should be probed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Is the sale of landholdings subject or awarded through Carp valid to convey government lands to private individuals? Or is this a direct contravention of our laws?
Had there been contraventions and circumventions of the agrarian reform laws by some private individuals that had led and resulted into improper, prohibited, and highly not allowable conveyance of Carp properties?
Should this be the actual case, what can the DAR do to show it is serious in implementing land reform laws to the letter?
If circumventions of the Carp laws could be done by private and monied individuals, will the DAR and the government at large simply look idly by?
If the DAR will remain inattentive, and deaf and dumb on issues of this level and kind, it is no wonder why the Carp has become a major failure of the government.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 05, 2013.