ALL provincial and regional offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) simultaneously kick off today, June 14, the nationwide celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation in the country.
CARP is a government initiative that aims to grant landless farmers and farm workers ownership of agricultural lands. It is provided under the law signed by former President Corazon Aquino on June 10, 1988, which took effect on June 15 of the same year.
In Bacolod City, DAR in Negros Occidental-South Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia Taberna said the activity will start with a motorcade at 7 a.m. from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon going to the Negros Occidental Teacher's Federation (NOTF) Gym at Barangay 39.
"A motorcade will be followed by a celebration of a mass, release of balloons as a sign of unity of all stakeholders in Carp implementation, and official opening of the celebration at the NOTF Gym,” Taberna said.
Other highlights of the celebration include poster making contest to be participated by various colleges and universities in Bacolod City, Search for Ambong kag Lin-ay sang DAR, Pasundayag sang mga Local Festivals, and ball games to be participated by DAR employees.
Massive distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAS), awarding of the outstanding DAR employees, and oath taking of the newly appointed personnel to be conducted by DAR-Western Visayas in Iloilo City this month will also add meaning and excitement to the celebration.
This year's CARP anniversary celebration theme is "CARP@30: DARe2Change.”(EPN)