THE Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms Law (Carper) will expire on June 30 but land acquisition and distribution under the law will continue, Malacañang said on Saturday.
Some farmer groups fear that the expiration of the law will halt the distribution of land that may adversely affect poor farmers who rely on parcels of land they till.
But deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President certified the CARP extension bill as urgent but Congress failed to act on it.
Despite this development however, Valte said the Department of Agrarian Reform continues to issue Notices of Coverage for land distribution.
What is important is the issuance of Notices of Coverage for lands covered by CARP and despite the expiration on June 30 this year, land acquisition and distribution could continue, she said.
The Palace official said the public could view at the website of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) how many hectares of land were already processed by the department and also the number of Notices of Coverage that have been issued. DAR’s website is www.dar.gov.ph.
Valte noted that farmers need not worry because DAR continues to pursue programs and projects to help farmers.