Agrarian Reform Program Issue in the Philippines

An official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said the resistance of big landowners is delaying the implementation of the agrarian reform program which has to meet a 2014 deadline.

Jaime Mata, chief of DAR’s Planning and Programming Division, said that in his analysis, meeting the deadline will be very hard.

Mata said, though, that the agrarian reform program could still get another extension.

Mata was in Cebu City attend a forum organized by a non-government organization.

In 2009, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the extension of the land reform program until 2014.

Mata said the DAR is mandated to distribute 1.09 million hectares of land to 600,000 potential beneficiaries by June 2014.

DAR’s target this year is to distribute 200,000 hectares of land, and more than 240,000 hectares next year, he said.

”This is a herculean task,” he said.

During the forum, the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (Phildhrra) presented an analysis on DAR’s wpp7 budget and reports of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the agency’s fiscal transactions.

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