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By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 21, 2009

TACLOBAN CITY    Four out of six Provincial Agrarian reform officers in DAR Region 8 were given new assignments in order to effectively implement Republic Act No. 9700 or the Amended Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.

DAR 8 Regional Director John Maruhom requested DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman to issue a Special Order (S.O.) for the re-assignment of PAROs Oscar Reloj of Eastern Samar; Enrique Granados of Leyte; Venerio Yap if Biliran and Elisea Orapa of Southern Leyte.

Under Department S.O. 415, series of 2009 issued by the Secretary, PARO Reloj was re-assigned to Leyte while, PARO Granados succeeded the former in Eastern Samar. PARO Yap took the helm of Southern Leyte, while PARO Orapa assumed office in Biliran.

Consequently, the movement does not stop here, Director Maruhom said during the turn over of responsibilities by the affected PAROs. According to him, there would also be movement of field personnel if necessary.

Director Maruhom disclosed that Region-8 as of the moment has still a balance of 83,000 hectares which is scheduled for distribution to potential agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) until 2014 based on the phasing schedule as stated in the new law.

Under the new law, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) was given five years to complete the Land Acquisition and Distribution component.

After the Senate and the House of Representatives consecutively passed Senate Bill 2666 and House Bill 4077, respectively, and finally the approval of the consolidated version by the Bicameral Committee on June 9 this year.

R.A. 9700 was signed into law by President Arroyo on August 9, 2009 in Plaridel, Bulacan, however, the affectivity was retroactive to July 1.

Director Maruhom disclosed that Region-8 as of the moment has still a balance of 83,000 hectares which is scheduled for distribution to potential agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) until 2014 based on the phasing schedule as stated in the new law.  (with Jose Alsmith Soria)