60% of land for distribution have problems – DAR

URDANETA CITY- Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Raul C. Laluan said here that about 60% of the remaining lands for distribution to beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform (CARP) in the province are problematic.

“The titles of these land are either missing in the Registry of Deeds or the copies of land owners cannot be found,” Laluan said.

The situation is now given attention with the inventory of lands set for distribution by the municipal agrarian reform officers (MAROs) in every municipality in the province.
He said that the data are being consolidated and will be forwarded to the Department of Agrarian Reform-Central Office in Quezon City for assessment.

“We hope to distribute these lands to the beneficiaries by the end of 2010,” he said.
Laluan also clarified the wrong impression that after land distribution, the Department of Agrarian Reform will no longer exist. He said that what will lapse under the CARP-Extension Law is only the land acquisition and distribution but the two other components- delivery of agrarian justice and the delivery of support services, will continue.
“The economic aspect must be looked into until 2013 to ensure that the CARP beneficiaries are benefited from the lands given to them,” he said.
On the pending transfer of land titles to the city government of Urdaneta City for the sanitary land fill in Catablan village, Laluan said that there are some problems encountered by his office. One problem is the deed of transfer could not be signed by the original land owners’ heirs.
However, he said, that land consolidation is being undertaken by his office for the conversion and operational transfer to the city government with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as the guarantor for the payment of land disturbance to the farmers.
The sanitary land fill is sprawled on a 10-hectare land which started construction late last year in compliance of Republic Act No. 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. It is financed through loan in the amount of P150 million from the Land Bank.

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
Via Northern Watch