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Guv vs CARP extension

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By EUGENE ADIONG

BACOLOD City — Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is “not in favor” of extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has been given sufficient time to distribute lands to the farmers, he stressed.

Marañon said the 20 years given to DAR were enough and should no longer be extended.

He advised the DAR to prioritize the distribution of lands 50 hectares and above instead of giving out small parcels of land.

He said the distribution should be fast-tracked, too; otherwise, some beneficiaries may already be dead before they could get their share.

Some 65,000 hectares in northern Negros and 60,000 hectares in the south were yet to be given out to the beneficiaries before CARP ends in June next year, DAR records showed.

DAR has yet to distribute 957,360 hectares nationwide before the deadline, Task Force Mapalad president Alberto Jayme said.

It only gave out 16,327 hectares from January to March this year — a mere 10 percent of its 160,000-hectare annual target — he stressed.

From July 2010 to December 2012, the DAR has distributed 251,876 hectares, Jayme said./PN