Farmer-beneficiaries of CARP in CV express triumph over extension
Cebu City (19 June) -- Farmer-beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in Central Visayas expressed triumph and hope to be able to own the land that they have been tilling for decades as the program has been extended for another five years.
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-7) Regional Director Rodolfo T. Inson admitted that prior to the approval of the CARP extension, many farmers who have yet to receive the land under the program aired their protests with similar sentiments conveyed nationwide.
Early this month, Congress approved the extension of CARP to another five years until 2014 which has been certified as an urgent bill by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Inson said that the five-year extension period will provide them enough time to distribute the remaining balance of lands covered under CARP to farmer-beneficiaries in the region.
In a recent Kapihan sa PIA that tackled on the accomplishments of DAR-7 in CARP land distribution in Central Visayas, Inson said since the program has taken effect over 20 years ago, about 75 percent of lands covered by the program in the region has already been given to the farmers.
Out of the 215,720 hectares categorized as agricultural lands under CARP in the region, 155, 423 hectares have already been distributed to farmer-beneficaries as of 2008 translating to 75 percent accomplishment of land distribution which is the core of the program, according to Inson.
The distributed lands under CARP have benefited 115,413 farmer-recipients, this is learned while 74,506 hectares have been placed under leasehold operations benefiting 99,187 farmers.
DAR-7 has a remaining balance of 56, 711 hectares that needs to be distributed to CARP beneficiaries in the region.
"We are very confident that by 2014, all CARP lands will already have been given to intended farmer-beneficiaries," Inson said.
Inson said that since the CARP has been implemented, a total of P1.2B projects have been poured in the different areas across the region such as school buildings, bridges, classrooms, water sanitation projects and irrigation systems among others. These infrastructure projects are foreign-assisted with counterpart funding from the respective local government units, he added.
A total of 132 agrarian reform communities (ARC) has been launched in the region with a total number of 93, 135 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) where they can avail of programs under the support services, one of the three major thrusts under the CARP, this is said.
Support services include access to credit and microfinance assistance, marketing assistance, managing enterprises, and scholarship programs. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]