[From the web] Farmers hit Aquino administration’s low performance; fear death of agrarian reform | Task Force Mapalad

Farmers hit Aquino administration’s low performance; fear death of agrarian reform | Task Force Mapalad.

January 17, 2012

 Task Force Mapalad (TFM) hits the reported low performance of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in terms of land acquisition and redistribution and expressed fear anew that CARPER is, indeed, being killed by the government.

Data gathered from the department shows that of the total 210,323-hectare target with funding, only 41 percent or 86,209 hectares were distributed.

TFM President Alberto Jayme said the accomplishment rate is way below compared to what they have promised in various dialogues. “And to think that there is funding for the targets?” asked Jayme.

In Negros Occidental where the total backlog is around 135,000 hectares, the data sheet showed DAR only achieved a five percent accomplishment. Of the total 23,323 hectare 2011 target, only 1,151 were accomplished.

Negros is well known for its distinct landlord opposition to CARPER that already resulted to countless murders of farmer-beneficiaries including TFM farmer members in the last two decades.

In Bukidnon, the achievement is only 18.7 percent or 1,265.055 hectares of the targeted 6,765 hectares.

In Davao Oriental, out of the total target of 1,389 hectares, only 439 were covered or a 31.6 percent accomplishment.

“With this low performance record, the inefficiency of DAR is very clear and we fear that this weakness will contribute to the death of CARPER,” TFM-Bukidnon leader Oscar Maniego Sr. said.

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