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Not an impossible dream, says DAR

Complete land acquisition and distribution by 2022 is “feasible,” the Department of Agrarian Reform said on Thursday.

If DAR is armed with a well-coordinated strategy, it would not be an “impossible mission,” Secretary John Castriciones said.

He said he was positive in achieving its new mandate to complete the land acquisition and distribution component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in 2022.

“There are three things that the administration of President Duterte wants us to accomplish. First is the distribution of government-owned lands as mandated under Executive Order No. 75, second, the parcellation of collective certificates of land ownership award, and most of all, ensuring that the country is LAD Free by 2022,” he said.

To be able to accomplish President Rodrigo Duterte’s new challenge of being LAD Free 2022, the DAR secretary directed all its regional and local officials to forge a systematic and formidable plan.

Earlier, at the start of a national conference on the new issuances of the agency, Castriciones emphasized with over 600,000 hectares of land still to be covered under the CARP, completion of the land distribution process in a span of three years seems to be a tall order, Castriciones said. 

Topics: Department of Agrarian Reform , John Castriciones , Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program , Rodrigo Duterte
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