Aquino vows full completion of CARP



AQUINO IN LONDON President Aquino is welcomed by British officials, led by Baroness Rawlings (third from right), baroness in waiting to Queen Elizabeth II, at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday for his official working visit to the United Kingdom. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

LONDON—President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he was committed to the full implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“We are committed to completing it as envisioned by the CARP law,” Mr. Aquino said in a briefing with reporters at the close of his three-day official visit to the United Kingdom where he met with Prime Minister David Cameron.

The President said he was open to holding a dialogue with bishops and farmers who have petitioned such a meeting with him.

“Of course, that’s the whole point,” Mr. Aquino said when asked if he was open to a meeting with the agrarian reform advocates.

The President said he had asked Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to hold a preliminary meeting with the bishops while he was still out of the country.

“They will meet the concerned bishop or bishops before I get back and present to me a list of doables already. So by the time we get to meet the bishops we can commit specific actions and specific time frames. So even if I’m away, that’s being addressed,” he said.

The bishops sent the President a letter on June 1 seeking a dialogue and his commitment to the completion of agrarian reform before it expires in two years.

“I’m not avoiding them,” Mr. Aquino said. “It’s just that I’m here and they’re there, and I first heard about it while I’m right here. They could have talked to me before I left.”

The President is expected to return to Manila on June 10 after a three-day visit to the United States.

New extension

Mr. Aquino sought to dispel speculations that he was not keen on agrarian reform because of Hacienda Luisita, the sprawling sugar plantation owned by his family.

The President said he was committed to the full implementation of what is now called the Carper law—CARP Extension with Reforms.

“From the start, we were bent on completing (the distribution of land). That was actually the first thing I discussed with Secretary De los Reyes,” he said.

The President said that after several extensions, Congress might not be amenable to further extensions of the Carper law, which expires in 2014.

“So my instructions to him (De los Reyes) were that this should be completed within the time allotted to us because it will be very difficult to get a further extension. And he has been focused on that,” he said.


The President said De los Reyes had been talking to various stakeholders “to describe precisely where we are at this point” and what could be done to accelerate the land distribution.

“But he was also sharing with us that there are certain segments there will be some difficulties with. And they envision a lot of court cases being filed,” he said.

In Manila, De los Reyes said in a statement that all notices for coverage would be issued before Carper expires in 2014. He said this would ensure that all lands up for distribution would be turned over to the farmers before Mr. Aquino’s term ended in 2016.

Mass processing in all provinces

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) he said, was undertaking a mass processing of claim folders in all provinces, adding that this was a first in the DAR.

De los Reyes said this would allow global solutions to problems with land acquisition and distribution, and come up with specific measures for special cases.

The remaining land acquisition and distribution balance of 961,974 hectares will be covered by the guidelines set under the extended CARP law, De los Reyes said.

He also said the DAR was still on schedule in acquiring and distributing lands even though the remaining properties for distribution are the contentious ones that would take time to resolve. With a report from Leila B. Salaverria in Manila
With a report from Leila B. Salaverria in Manila

Originally posted at 09:42 am | Thursday, June 07,  2012

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • UsoUso82

    it is easy to say when we are away! let us wait until the words will made into action. be it done according to the promises by Pnoy or else anger on the streets will double. farmers are the back-bone of the economy today. we are still an agricultural nation after several years of investing on industrialization where our neighbors Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore were not yet a democratic countries. We are the laggards of Asia bec of our own “False prides”.

  • zoe

    are you serious? MR. ARROYO? that’s been stated not just once.

  • virgoyap

    I wonder just who is this Mr. Arroyo? Anyone??

  • tigabulacanpo

    sinu bang MR, ARROYO yun.. 

  • who

    whoever edits these articles before they are uploaded online is sure doing some lousy job.

    • Jun C

       Looks who’s talking.

  • asantoni

    Mr. Arroyo/Aquino? pati ba naman pangalan ng sinundan mo ginagamit na ng PDI
    ngayon? Very special treatment ka talaga. Buti na lang may Corona na nagbuking sa inyo sa land reform, kundi mahihinog sa kangkungan ang kaso ng Farmers. Ngayon priority ito kuno, next month wala na namam sigurado. Mag-expired na ang extension ng batas walang mangyayari. Ganyan kayong kabulok. Poor Farmers…..pinapoor pa kayo uli.

  • Shavuot

    Mr arroyo?

  • billy gunner

    sa tingin ko pati PDI hindi mka get over sa mga arroyo! cguro they eat and drink arroyo! lol

  • Jon

     “I’m not avoiding them,’’ Mr. Aquino said. “It’s just that I’m here and
    they’re there and I first heard about it (while I’m already here). They
    could have talked to me sana before I left.’’

    Palusot nanaman.
    Puro palusot na lang.
    Dapat dito kay Budoy ay bagong slogan:
    “Kung walanag palusot, anong maikakatwiran ko?”

    • jurbinsky77

      Tumigil ka ngang bata ka.

  • katabay1106

    He he he. Pasensya na kayo mga farmers. Wala dito sa Pinas si Pnoy. Iwas pusoy talaga. Ha ha ha ha.

  • spearheads

    Nadinig na namin yang “vows” mo, vowowowow and dating nyan. Walang pinagiba yan sa “I will sign an unconditional waiver for all my bank accounts if elected president.” O di ba vowowowow?

    Farinas said, Palusot.

    Cayetano said. “If you do not fit. don’t sit.”

    Enirle said: What does “cupal” means?

    Juan dela Cruz said” SIGN OR RESIGN!

  • ely

    bakit ngayon ka lang nag vow??? vowwoowow

    tablahan nalang ito total wala na rin ang hacienda luisita??? ganon ba…

    loko ka talaga panot.

  • 4kingdaddy

    aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo!!!!

  • BatangSingapore

    hoy abnoy na presidente, parang waiver lang yan carp diba.  hindi mo na kailangan gawin kasi nagawa mo na hahaahahahaha.


  • ApoLapullapu

    A President must promise to give what the farmers want for political expediency.  But creation of jobs and other sources of income are what will solve social unrest.  Land distribution is just a palliative.  As poor unskilled and uneducated farmers multiply (the most prolific breeders are among the poor both in the rural areas and the urban centers), the time will come that there will be no more lands to distribute.

  • Night



  • Jun C

    Kung kelan for distribution na ang Hacienda Luisita, saka ka sisigaw na full CARP.. Ginagago ng pamilya mo mga pilipino.

  • jan lim

    ay sus!!!! narinig ko na yan!!!, eh kung HLI, hirap na hirap kang ipamigay, lupa pa ng iba. kung hindi nga lang sa supreme court decision eh di sana hindi pa mangyayaring ibigay nyo ang lupa nyo…. tama na ang pagpapangap,

  • ApoLapullapu

    The performance during the last two years will be the yardstick to measure performance in the next four years.  A promise is made to be broken!

  • Romeo

                 Promises  and promises again and again. Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III promised  and committed the full implementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform  law , before his office term ends in 2016. The deadline of carp extension is August 2014, meaning 2 more years to go. There are so many  pending cases now in court  waiting for resolutions. Land owners contesting DAR for erroneous declaration  of their land as part of CARP.  The DAR budget was reduced and is  going to self  termination of its existence. There are about 900,000 hectares of land remaining to be paid and be distributed to the farmers. How can this administration of  Benigno to fully implement CARP without money ? It is unfair for the land owner, that their land be distributed to the farmers without proper compensation from the government. Does the promise of Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino to fully implement CARP includes the haciendas of Roxas-Araneta family ? And also include the haciendas of Lopez family ?  I  doubt…
                 For Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, promises are always intended to be broken, as he lied to be transparent as he promised during election campaign. He will never sign a waiver. He promised “Daang Matuwid ” of his administration. Daang Matuwid is for his  percieved enemies only but  not for his  friends. He promised to eradicate corruptions, but still corruption exist in Bureau of Customs. So Benigno, until the next promise…for sure to be broken …till year 2016

  • kilabot

    sign waiver first then we’ll believe you, noykapon. without that, your words are just spits of saliva.

  • Beguine

    When everything is said and done, it’s a sure thing PNoy
    will lend an ear more to the Cojuangcos than to the people
    as to what’s the fate and destiny of Hacienda Luisita.

    With maybe the sole exception of Hacienda Luisita, the
    land reform program in the rest of the country should proceed
    smoothly and rapidly under PNoy’s watch.

    Family and relations first, the welfare of the people comes
    second, although PNoy understands that it should be
    the other way around if he is aspiring to greatness as
    a leader.

    It is also highly probable that the Cojuangcos themselves will
    buy out their tenant farmers to their satisfaction, because
    the Cojuangcos may want to have a free hand in the future
    development of Hacienda Luisita, and they’ve definitely got
    the dough to do what they like.

    • Alajero

      …it is simple…the COJUANGCO’s will use the proceeds from the sale…and use it to buyback the same land from the farmers…because, honestly these small farm workers don’t have the resources and knowledge to make the land useful…even for their own good…

  • 대성공

    may implementation naman na nangyayari eh..hindi kasi nagtatanong sa DAR..punta kayo sa mga regional DAR…Ang mga malalaking plantasyon lang tulad ng kay Zubiri, Macapagal, Arroyo,Imperial,Lim, Marcos, Hacienda Luisita at iba pa…ang hindi kaagad-agad maipamigay..

    Mahirap kasi angkinin ang lupa na alam mong may nagmamay-ari gusto mo ariin..Kesyo, simula palang sa kaninu-nunuan nagtrabaho na sa mga plantasyon, kailangan sa kanila na ang pano kung caretaker ka lang..

    Sa lawak ng lupain ng Pilipinas, mas gusto pa ng mga pinoy ang angkinin ang lupang may nagmamay-ari na..

  • kulittwit

    I can foresee P-Noy distributing the land titles to hacienda luisita farmers.

  • malaya1962

    really… PNoy also vows to end poverty, economy, corruptions well tapos na pala ang election campaign so  BELAT ……… NAUTO TAYONG LAHAT………

  • m1600


  • mfdo

    I am sure in 2 years he will declare CARP as completed, like he  declared that corruption is over in Philippines, before the ABD conference

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos