Aquino set to meet with farmer groups to fastrack land distribution

June 11, 2012 9:44 pm 

MANILA, June 11 — President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to meet with representatives from farmer organizations to firm up strategies that will fast track distribution of land to legitimate farmer beneficiaries, a Palace official said on Monday.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Spokeperson Edwin Lacierda assured farmer beneficiaries that the Aquino government, through the Department of Agrarian Reform, was expeditiously working towards distributing land to them as mandated by the Comprehensive Agrarian Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) Law.

Lacierda said President Aquino will meet the farmer organizations the soonest possible time.

"The Cabinet Secretaries will be briefing the President because there are certain proposals that require the approval of the President. Kapag naayos na po iyan, we will find a schedule for the President to meet with the farmers. At nasabi na rin po ni Pangulong Aquino na nais rin niyang makita at makausap ang mga magsasaka," Lacieda said.

Lacierda said Friday’s meeting between the members of the Aquino government and the representatives from farmer organizations was a constructive one as both sides agreed on several issues.

After the meeting, the Cabinet secretaries came out with proposals to be submitted to President Aquino.

"May mga 5 or 6 doables kaming na maipapakita kay Pangulong Aquino. And some of them would require the approval of the President. Kasi pinag-usapan din doon ang support services na hinihingi rin ng mga magsasaka. Ang support services will be provided for by the Department of Agriculture," Lacierda said .

"One of the complete steps na ginawa po natin is to focus on the claim folders. May tinatawag po silang claim folders kung saan doon iyong mga lands to be acquired and distributed," he said.

Among the members of the Aquino administration who joined the five-hour meeting with the farmers include Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Agrarian Reform Secretary Gil Delos Reyes, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Presidential Management Staff Secretary Julia Abad.

Landbank President and CEO Hilda Pico was also present in Friday’s meeting in Malacanang. Other officials who were at the meeting include undersecretaries from the Department of Agrarian Reform Anthony Parungao, Jerry Pacturan, Narciso Nieto and Assistant Secretary Jose Grajeda. (PNA)

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