Land acquisition halted
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Provincial Agrarian Reform Office has halted moves for compulsory acquisition of land in Negros Occidental.
“At the moment, we are awaiting clarification from our head office on the status of properties whose owners had been issued notices of coverage before the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program law expired on December 31,” PARO head Teresita Depeñoso said yesterday.
When the law expired, the PARO had yet to cover 150,000 hectares under CARP, about 50 percent of which were offered under the Voluntary Offer to Sell scheme and the rest was to be covered under compulsory acquisition, she said.