771,795 hectares still up for land distribution until 2016 — DAR

July 3, 2014 10:50 am 

MANILA, July 2 — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is yet to distribute around 771,795 hectares of land from 2014 until 2016.

The DAR intends to deal with the remaining landholdings by distributing 187,686 hectares in 2014; 198,631 hectares in 2015; and 385,478 hectares in 2016.

The DAR said some 551,275 hectares out of the total remaining landholdings are considered workable while 220,520 hectares are considered as problematic though it assured that there will be solutions to these issue.

A series of challenges have beset the DAR in terms of land acquisition and distribution of private lands especially the period of time allotted for CARPER by the law has already elapsed since June 30.

Problems in land titles such as erroneous technical descriptions, and destroyed land titles have prolonged the process of land distribution as some of titles either need to be reissued through a court process or had to be corrected, as stated in the entry.

Apart from the setbacks in land titles, the DAR has also settled disputes among potential beneficiaries that needs to be mediated by the government. Some landowners have also petitioned to the Supreme Court to have their lands exempted or excluded from the CARP coverage.

The DAR has admitted that only smaller parcels of land which ranges from 5 hectares to 10 hectares were only processed last year from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

On the other hand, bigger parcels of land have required more paperwork to process as shown by past efforts of the agency and then it shifted to focusing on smaller but more numerous cuts of land which gives DAR more claim folders to process and distribute.

The DAR has been reiterating that even though the CARPER has elapsed, land distribution shall continue given that the Notices of Coverage (NOCs) were issued on or before June 30, 2014. (PNA)

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