THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental lost its petition to exclude from coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) the properties it purchased for the establishment of the Negros First Ranch in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia.
The Department of Agrarian (DAR) dismissed the application for exclusion for lack of merit, based on the decision dated May 10 signed by Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes.
The Provincial Government filed the application for exclusion involving three parcels of land with an aggregate area of 159.4646 hectares located in Barangays Sta. Rosa and Canlandog. It purchased the properties for P150 million.
The petition was opposed by about 100 Carp beneficiaries.
The Provincial Government represented by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. filed the petition based on DAR Administrative Order 1, Series of 2004.
The DAR decision stated it is dismissing the application for exclusion for Lot No. 1, consisting an area of 50 hectares more or less, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) T-091-2012000118, purchased from George C. Arguelles on March 30, 2012.
Also rejected by DAR is the petition for exclusion for Lot No. 3 covered by TCT T-105292 with an area of 97.2865 hectares purchased from the heirs of Alfonso Arguelles, heirs of Rosalina Exaltado, heirs of Alicia Arguelles, Lydia Arguelles, and Fernando Arguelles on December 29, 2010.
The decision added that DAR is directing the regional director of DAR-Western Visayas to issue a corresponding certificate of exemption on the 12-hectare rejected portion of Lot No. 2, based on DAR Memorandum Circular 34, Series of 1997.
The DAR in Negros Occidental had issued notices of coverage on Lots 1 and 3, consisting of about 205.3 hectares at Hacienda Ilimnan, Barangay Sta. Rosa since the motion filed by the Provincial Government for the land to be exempted has not been granted yet at that time. (TDE)