Saturday, July 12, 2008

CARP fails to end farmers' woes in rural RP

06/10/2008 | 05:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Republic Act 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) of 1988 has failed to break centuries-old feudal relations in Philippine rural areas, particularly in the province of Negros Occidental where big sugar haciendas tilled by poor farmers largely remain in the hands of few landowners.

As Republic Act 8532 or the law extending the CARL’s appropriation until 2008 expires on June 15, data obtained by GMANews.TV from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) show that there are still 1,173,706 hectares of private agricultural landholdings (PAL) in the country that have not yet been distributed to farmer-beneficiaries (FB).

According to the DAR data, the 1.17 million hectares of PALs are still in the hands of 81,541 landowners. At three hectares per beneficiary, the balance could benefit 391,235 farmers.

The CARP in theory and in paper is a very good program but its side effects are already being felt now. Not all lands given under the CARP are producing enough food, be it rice,corn, and other crops..this is why prices of rices and nearly all agricultural products are soaring..

This is because most beneficiaries are lazy..

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