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    Land reform in Philippines to continue

    The Palace gave assurance on Tuesday that land reform under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) will continue even after its termination date.
    Some groups in the land reform sector are asking the status of the implementation of CARPER, which is set to expire this June.
    But Presidential Communications Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the land reform program will push through despite its termination date, especially among landowners who haven’t received notices of termination.
    Quoting Agrarian Reform Secretary de los Reyes, Coloma said that under the existing law — Republic Act 9700, Section 30 says “land acquisition and distribution may proceed for land holdings with pending proceedings even after June 2014.”
    Under Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) interpretation, discussions on CARPER could continue even after the termination, Coloma said.
    People having queries on the CARP and CARPER issues could contact the Department of Agrarian Reform, which is always ready to assist the public.
    With regards to helping land reform beneficiaries, Coloma said the DAR set up a dedicated group that focuses on support services. This group has been coordinating with other government agencies like Land Bank of the Philippines and Cooperatives Development Authority to help beneficiaries put up their own cooperatives.
    The Department of Agriculture said the average age of Filipino farmers is 55 or older so there’s a need to broaden the base of farmers in the country to include those from the younger age group, he said.
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