The Cordillera office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-CAR) participated in the nationwide month-long celebration of the 34th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the 50th Operation Land Transfer (OLT) Program Golden Jubilee which has contributed to the many successful activities and support for the farmer-beneficiaries.
DAR-CAR will be participating in activities such as the culminating program which will include the awarding of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBOs) and ARBs, and the recognition of the DAR Provincial offices (DARPO), LGUs, CARP Implementing Team (CIT), and Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committees (PARCCOM) on June 17, 2022.
A joint activity between the DAR Regional Office and DARPO-Benguet will host the Agrarian Reform Justice on Wheels (ARJOW), an event that will be led by the Legal Division and DAR Adjudicator Board. They will visit different rural communities to give agrarian reform legal services and advices to those in need.
Each DARPO will also have their own programs and activities in their respective areas such as awarding and recognition programs, tree-planting, clean-up drives, and many more to further the celebration of the significance of DAR’s CARP.
CARP’s implementation started in 1988, which is an agrarian reform law of Republic Act No. 6657, also known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) which aims to give the majority of the Filipinos real and rightful stake in the vast potential of the Philippine agriculture. Its goals are the transfer and distribution of agricultural lands to help alleviate rural poverty, help the beneficiaries survive as small independent farmers, enhance agricultural production and food security, create more job opportunities for agricultural workers, and help mediate the conflicts regarding land ownership.
The CARP also provides and gives support to ARBs through various forms of agendas that give basic rural infrastructures to communities, teach livelihood opportunities and entrepreneurial skills, and farm technology.
While the OLT is celebrated for its significance in accelerating land valuation and land compensation involving tenanted rice and corn landholdings. This was made possible in October 1972, when President Ferdinand Marcos decreed that tenants in rice and corn areas are considered the owners of the land they were tilling.