Palace welcomes passage of CARPer
By Marvin Sy (philstar.com) Updated August 04, 2009 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang welcomed yesterday the passage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPer) bill and assured the people that President Arroyo will sign it into law as soon as it is transmitted to her office.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill so after the measure is printed, it will be sent to the President for signing.
“It’s a welcome development. We all know that President Arroyo herself pushed for the extension of the CARP,” Secretary to the Cabinet Silvestre Bello III said.
The President has been pushing for the passage of the bill, which would extend CARP for another five years
And empower the farmer recipients.
The President said her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, started the CARP and she wants to see the program fulfill its objective after her term.
The Senate unanimously approved yesterday the bicameral conference committee on the disagreeing provisions of the CARPer bill as a fitting tribute to the advocacies started by the late President Corazon Aquino during her administration.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan, former chairman of the Senate committee on agrarian reform, presented the committee report before the plenary yesterday.
Honasan was chairman of the committee when the Senate extensively discussed the extension of CARP last year.
Congress is providing a P150-billion budget for the extended CARP law until June 30, 2014 which shall be funded from the Agrarian Reform Fund and other sources.
The CARPer provides a five-year extension from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014, for the final acquisition and distribution of all remaining undistributed agricultural lands. – With Christina Mendez
sana nga lang ang extension na ito ng CARP ay hindi matulad sa una... ang nabiktima ay ang middle class na mga magsasaka... yung mga lupa ng mga senador at kongresista ay nanatili sa kanilang pag-aari... sila kasi ang totoong mga "landlord"!!!
nabalitaan ko rin na nagkaroon ng re-organization ang Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Council (PARCCOM) sa lahat ng panig ng bansa... sana nga ay mag-function na ito ngayon!!!