The intervention of President Benigno Aquino III and Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes is needed to fast-track land distribution in Negros Occidental, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer for Northern Negros, Teresita Mabunay, said yesterday.
Mabunay said the help of the office of the president and of the DAR central office is necessary, especially in locating missing titles of land holdings initially identified by the agency to be covered under CARPER.
She said there are land-holdings with missing land titles and this is the reason why DAR could not issue notices of coverage.
Tension rose Wednesday at the office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Bacolod City when some of the 3,000 protesting members of the Task Force Mapalad pelted the gate of the agency with stones.
Earlier, TFM president Alberto Jayme had said that they want to awaken the officials of DAR so they will hasten the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reform in Negros Occidental.
He added that since President Benigno Aquino III assumed office in 2010, there had only been a meager distribution of land to the farmer beneficiaries.
As of July this year, DAR had distributed only 2,040 hectares of land in Negros Occidental while their actual target up to 2016 is 135,000 hectares.*APN