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DAR cuts land acquisition process to 112 days

The Department of Agrarian Reform has issued guidelines simplifying the land acquisition and distribution process for the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-covered agricultural lands from the original 291 days to only 112 days to accelerate the distribution of lands to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Agrarian Reform Sec.John Castriciones said the guidelines, through Administrative Order Series of 2020, are in pursuant to President Duterte’s directive to complete the land acquisition and distribution of the remaining private agricultural lands covered by Republic Act 6657 by June 30, 2022.

RA 6657 is an act instituting the CARP where the welfare of the landless farmers and farmworkers would receive the highest consideration to promote social justice and to move the nation toward sound rural development and industrialization, and the establishment of owner cultivatorship of economic-size farms as the basis of agriculture.

Castriciones said the simplified process are LAD activities rationalized by lumping together activities into major steps, done simultaneously, or a combination of both, to shorten the process to be undertaken by DAR and other CARP-implementing agencies within an estimated period of 112 days.

Under AO 7, Series of 2011, LAD processes involve a total of 291 days.