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Friday, June 04, 2010

Dar-Aklan gears up for CARP anniversary celebration
BY GRACE QUIMPO

KALIBO, Aklan - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Aklan will hold a simple celebration to mark the 22nd year of CARP anniversary and the 2nd year of CARPER (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms) on June 18.
Atty. Daniel Y. Martelino, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II stressed that more than ever, the DAR in Aklan was able to raise the quality of lives of its agrarian reform beneficiaries in Aklan by distributing 21,324 hectares of lands to 21,296 farmer beneficiaries.
Through DAR and CARP in Aklan, farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and bridges had improved, giving farmers and commuters the easy access and timely opportunity to market their products . To date, DAR-Aklan facilitated the construction of infrastructure projects such as farm-to market roads, bridges, irrigation, post harvest facilities and multi-purpose pavements with a total amount of P223,836, 514.10.
The towns of Malay and Buruanga will be getting an estimated P140-million infrastructure projects like farm to market roads and communal irrigation system under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Program II which had its groundbreaking activity last month in the aforesaid towns.
All these and more, makes DAR-Aklan proud that the program impacted on the lives of Aklanon farmers.
In 1988, CARP was enacted by Congress as the centerpiece program of the Aquino administration. It served as a social justice program to ensure equal access to wealth and basic services such as land, food, education and employment.
In June 2009, CARP was extended for another five years as a result of the enactment of RA 9700 - An Act Strengthening the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Extending the Acquisition and Distribution of All Agricultural Lands, Instituting Necessary Reforms, Amending for the Purpose Certain Provisions of Republic Act No. 6657, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988, As Amended, and Appropriating Funds Therefor.

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