DAR chief pushes for new agrarian reform law 'acceptable' to all


Posted at Jun 05 2018 10:22 PM

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MANILA - The newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said Tuesday the new law that would distribute parcels of land to small independent farmers tilling them should be balanced.

A "genuine agrarian reform" bill that has been pending in Congress was deemed by some quarters as "too radical" and was perceived to "violate the rights of other people," said DAR Secretary John Castriciones.

"I’m not saying that it’s wrong. What I’m saying is we would like to look into it so much so that the concerns of other people would be in such a way answered so that there would be some sort of real agrarian reform that will be acceptable to each and everyone," he told ANC's Headstart.

"You cannot just please just one part of the society; it has to be everyone’s concern because for example, if you distribute a parcel of land and it’s privately owned, you have to consider the feelings as well of those who own the land, that they must be properly compensated and then they feel that justice has been done with respect to their rights over the said land," he said.

Castriciones said for the new law, which would come into effect after the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program lapsed, "the sky is the limit" in terms of its coverage.

"All the lands which are privately owned and which can be the subject of agrarian reform program will be the subject of the agrarian reform program," he said.