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Palace hails House for extending CARP

Manila (5 June) -- Malacanang lauded the House of Representatives for passing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) extension bill.

"The farmers will finally get justice," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Golez said.

Aside from extending CARP for another five years, the bill also allocates a P100-billion outlay for land acquisition and distribution, support services, agrarian justice delivery, and other funding requirements during the extension period.

The bill covers all public and private agricultural lands as provided in Proclamation 131 and Executive Order No. 229, including other lands of the public domain suitable for agriculture.

The measure stipulates that prioritization of coverage "is not necessary" and that after June 30, 2009, the modes of acquisition will be limited to voluntary offer to sell and compulsory acquisition.

The bill provides for the creation of a joint congressional oversight committee to be composed of three members each from the Senate and the House.

CARP, the land redistribution scheme mandated by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988, or RA 6657, expired in December 2008.

Last December, Congress adopted a joint resolution extending the CARP for six more months, or until June 2009, to allow the Department of Agrarian Reform to continue its mandated tasks pending the enactment of a new law to extend the operation of the program.

Last month, the President certified as urgent the CARP extension bill.

On June 3, the House of Representatives approved the CARP extension bill on the third and final reading.

The Senate passed last Monday its own version of the bill.

The final version of the consolidated bill will be enacted when Congress resumes session last week of July. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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