Published: Tue, February 04, 2014
Catholic Bishops and civil society groups call on President Benigno Aquino to extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) until the end of his term in 2016.
The bishops say the extension will give the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) more time to distribute the remaining 1.2 million hectares of land covered by law.
Agrarian reform advocates, led by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA), and Christian Monsod of Sulong CARPER, have urged President Aquino to push for legislation that will provide additional time for the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to complete the issuance of notices of coverage (NOCs).
They earlier said DAR was only able to distribute some 314,000 hectares of land since the agrarian reform law was extended in 2009.
The bishops also asked for a dialogue with the President over the delay in enforcing the land reform program.
CARPER is set to expire on June 30, 2014.