Agrarian reform chief has Aquino’s trust, says Palace

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes: Trusted

MANILA, Philippines—Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes continues to enjoy President Aquino’s confidence despite criticism from bishops over his department’s “dismal” performance, Malacañang said Sunday.

Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, said the President was aware that the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) had been left with the tough task of distributing contentious private landholdings by the previous administration.

De los Reyes “enjoys the full trust and confidence of the President,” Valte said over government-run Radyo ng Bayan.

Seventy-eight bishops had aired an urgent appeal to the President to revamp the DAR over its alleged failure to cover as much agricultural land as possible ahead of the purported June 2014 expiration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms.

The bishops said they were alarmed by the DAR’s “dismal accomplishments” less than a year and half before the program expires.

De los Reyes clarified the bishops’ misconception that the DAR could no longer distribute lands once the agrarian reform law expires and that the issuance of the certificates of land ownership was still a long way from the actual grant of the land.

He said the department could still do its job by issuing notices of coverage to landowners ahead of the deadline.

“As Secretary De los Reyes has said, 2014 will not be end of the world. As long as the notice of coverage has been issued before June 2014, then the distribution will still be entertained,” Valte said.

She added that the DAR during the previous administration acquired and distributed government-owned land, leaving the present administration to dispose of the contentious private landholdings.

“Admittedly, there are more challenges in the process of acquiring and distributing target lands,” Valte said.

According to a July 2012 DAR report, more than three-fourths of distributed lands from 1972 to 2011 were either government-owned lands or lands distributed through voluntary modes of acquisition, or lands that were easier, less tedious to cover.

What’s left to cover are mostly private agricultural lands, with close to 80 percent being compensable by the Land Bank of the Philippines and 60 percent requiring coverage by compulsory acquisition, the report said.

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  • mekeni62

    Let’s just wait if De los Reyes will keep his promise to start distributing Hacienda Luisita to the beneficiaries come April 2013. Then we’ll see if he would then still have Pnoy’s trust.

  • zeroko

    Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes is a full blooded Chinese. PNoy too is a full blooded Chinese. They have one mind regarding the granting of land to the Tenants everywhere. They will frustrate the project in spite of specifically, the Hacienda Luisita in spite of the FINAL AND EXECUTORY decision of the Supreme Court in favor of the Tenants.
    Our Filipino-Chinese President is committing treason right on our face. Traitor!

  • FORTHE GOOD

    keep it going Mr. secretary. I have no doubt, you will finish the papers for the distribution of land titles to the thousands of beneficiaries of HLI.

  • Bengatibo

    Dapat silipin nang DAR ang land distribution of lands owned by the Catholic Church. Sige sila dakdak pero pag kanilang mga lupa, tahimik sila

  • kinutil

    Kayong mga Bishops ipakita nyo sa PUBLIKO na mayroon kayong isang PILIPINO na nabahagian ng inyong pagaaring LUPAIN pagkat kong wala TUMAHIMIK na kayo sa ka ngangawa nyo. (HYPOCRITES) Itanong ninyo sa inyong sarili kong natutuwa ba ang DIOS sa inyong mga GINAGAWA.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Let’s see what happens this year.  I learned from other sources that Delos Reyes first concentrated on the cleansing of the messy DAR records when he assumed office and that extended to the early part of last year.  Afterward, the work has become faster.  Let us see how fast is faster.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4EKSPU6WJ2RCLRXCYUU5YEGHFY Nani

    if trusted by the haciendero Aquino, then Hda Luisita will never be distributed to the poor peasants

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    hacienda luisita will never be given to farmers…poor farmers…itong ang baluktot na daan…

  • XY ZEE

    Kasalanan nanaman ni Gloria.
    Puede na sana kung di lang tatlong taon nang nagdaan ang pamahalaang ito.
    Kalahati na ng termino pero wala pang ginagawa and DAR. 

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      tama….sinisisi na naman si gloria…noynoying talaga…

  • virgoyap

    I do not know who is this DAR Secretary de los Reyes but nasaan man ang mga Obispo concerning land reform during the time when Gloria Arroyo was still the President? Is this not a form of sour “graping” by the Bishops due to the passage of the RH law?

  • simplengmamayan

    Di na mababalik ang kahapon. Ang mahalaga ay ngayon bat di natin suportahan ang kampanya ng mga pari. OK nman sya ah follow up lang nman nila implementation ng Carper. Tumutulong lang nman sila mag follow up para sa magsasaka. Gusto nyo yata di ma implement eh? 

  • disqusted0fu

    As long as Sec. de los Reyes keeps Hacienda Luisita intact and not distributed to its rightful owners (the farmers) he will continue to have Pnoy’s trust. But again, the Aquino administration diverts the attention to GMA’s administration just so their political interests will not be put on the spot.

  • JasonBieber

    Even though the Agrarian reform chief hasn’t done his duties Aquino still has his trust. That is why there are so many incompetent people working for the government. The issue regarding the Hacienda Luisita land was decided long ago to return the land back to the farmers but still no farmers have received anything…yet the chief still gets a pat in the back from the President.

  • http://www.facebook.com/infodarpoadn Dar Agusan del Norte

    yu

  • http://www.facebook.com/infodarpoadn Dar Agusan del Norte

    The Secretary should stay with DAR until 2014 or the completion of land transfer. Any
    move to replace the Secretary will just be another delaying tactic or preventive and desperate measure to stop the coverage of the remaining CARPable lands.

    The target of the DAR need revision to conform with reality. The real target should
    only be:

    1.)   for PAL 100% in notice of coverage issuance and service;
    50,000 hectares annual distribution; programming for Redocumentation (REDOC) and
    DNYP/DNYD completion from 2014-2020. This is realistic because the source of
    lands and the legal complexities in the remaining workload need or require
    changes in perspective, understanding and expectation of Agrarian Reform
    Program.

     2.) on Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD),
    the only requirement and change needed is to declog Central from un-utilized
    support service funds by improving approval processes  through downloading of funds and authority at
    provincial and regional levels.

    The secretary has been perfect in improving the legal processes of acquiring lands;
    in improving or systematizing of database and access for facility as basis in
    decision-making; and in sincerity to complete the program. What is his fault? Candidness
    to finish CARP which ellicit fears among employees and landowners whose lands
    are yet un-scathed by CARP.

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