PARO to validate land up for VOS
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Provincial Agrarian Reform Office will clarify with landowners in Negros Occidental who offered their property under the Voluntary Offer to Sell scheme whether they still wish to proceed, PARO Teresita Depeñoso said yesterday.
That is because, with the expiration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law at the end of 2008, a joint resolution passed by the House and the Senate only allows the Department of Agrarian Reform to proceed with the distribution of land offered under VOS, she said.
“When the law was in effect, if land was offered under VOS and the landowner changed his mind about subjecting his property to land reform, we could always acquire it under compulsory acquisition,” she said.