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DAR and LBP make it easier to investigate and value areas covered by CARP.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) have simplified procedures and documentation to expedite field investigations and land valuation activities for landholdings covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The difficulty of completing the land acquisition and distribution (LAD) procedure on the remaining private agricultural lands, according to DAR Secretary Bernie F. Cruz, has been a persistent obstacle to the CARP’s implementation.

“The agency’s current operational developments obliged the DAR to include adjustments that resulted in the streamlining of the LAD procedure,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Cruz, the simplified LAD procedural amendments were implemented through Administrative Order (AO) No. 01, series of 2022, titled “Amendment to DAR AO No. 01, series of 2020, Entitled Guidelines Simplifying the Land Acquisition and Distribution Process on CARP-covered Private Agricultural Lands,” which will eventually speed up land distribution to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

“Under the AO, the DAR and LBP joint field investigation (JFI) Team shall undertake field investigations based on the authorized survey plan (ASP) or advance survey plan (AdvSP) to check the information contained in the claim folders that will be used to value the subject landholding,” he said.

According to him, the LBP would determine the value of just compensation based on the subject landholding’s Field Investigation Report (FIR) and ASP or AdvSP.

“After the land valuation is completed, the LBP will produce and deliver the Memorandum of Valuation, as well as the Land Valuation Worksheet, to the DAR provincial office (DARPO) for the creation of the Notice of Land Valuation and Acquisition,” he explained.

Cruz stated that upon receiving the Order to Deposit Land Owner’s Compensation from the DARPO, along with a copy of the ASP, the LBP will deposit the compensation revenues in cash and Agrarian Reform Bonds. The Certificate of Deposit (COD) will be issued by the LBP within three banking days following the deposit.

“In the event of 100% coverage, the COD, ASP, and other required documents shall be used by the Registry of Deeds (ROD) to revoke the landowner’s title for the landholding covered by the CARP.” “Upon submission of the owner’s duplicate copy (ODC) of the landowner’s title, it will also issue a Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) or Original Certificate of Title (OCT) in the name of the Republic of the Philippines (RP) and issue a title for the retained area,” he added.

Cruz emphasized that the LBP must handle the claim folder within 20 days of receiving the entire documentation, up until the issue of the Memorandum of Valuation.

The JFI Team will be made up of designated personnel from the DAR provincial or municipal office, a member of the Barangay Agrarian Reform Council (BARC), or in its absence, any authorized representative of the barangay council, potential ARBs, representatives of the Department of Agriculture’s municipal or provincial agricultural office, and the Depa.

Cruz stated that the concerned DAR field officers must implement appropriate tactics in order to continue the LAD process in compliance with the AO’s protocols and timetables.

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