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Atok town supports HB 743 strengthening CARP

by SC Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (31 October) -- The local government unit of Atok is appealing to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to certify as urgent House Bill No. 743 strengthening the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) further amending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).

HB No. 743 authored by Rep. Junie Cua of the lone District of Qurino Province is entitled "An Act Strengthening the CARP further amending for the purpose sections 63 and 37 of Republic Act 6657 otherwise known as the CARL.

Atok Mayor Concepcion Balao said their municipality fully supports the House Bill through Resolution Number 98-2007 as it would benefit the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) or the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Resolution No. 98-2007 states that the approval of HB No. 743 would operationalize the Atok Agrariam Reform Community (ARC) composed of barangays Poblacion, Abiang, Caliking, Cattubo, Naguey, Paoay, Pasdong and Topdac as identified by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as expanded ARC December last year benefiting more than 3,209 ARBs who belong to the ICCs.

It further stated that the town has adopted and incorporated the ARC Development Plan (ARCDP) focusing on agro-tourism in the ARC barangays and in the Municipal Development Plan as the roadmap in the implementation of various Agricultural Development Plans of the CARP Implementing teams.

The ARCs are recipients of various support services implemented by the different CARP implementing teams, LGU, peoples organizations and non-government organizations.

ARC barangays namely Naguey,m Pasdong and Cattubo are recipients of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase II (ARISP) has tremendously helped the ARBs in the area particularly the provision of farm to market roads, irrigation facilities and institutional development programs.

Moreover, extension of the CARP Program is needed to complete the distribution and issuance of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), the resolution states.

This would also sustain the gains and success of the CARP Program proven to be an anti-poverty program in the countryside and should focus more on the delivery of support services, the resolution further states.

Earlier, the provincial board approved three resolutions supporting the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beyond 2008, the immediate approval of House Bill 743 amending the CARL of 1988 and for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to certify as urgent House Bill No. 743, which are the clamor of the Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities for the continued implementation of the CARP focused on the delivery of various support services to fight poverty. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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