BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The 106.8418 hectares of land located in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla town, Negros Occidental where the VMC Distillery Plant is located, is exempted from coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), records of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) showed.
This is contained in a certificate of finality dated February 18, 2020, obtained by the media.
The certificate is final and executory, the document signed by Atty. Marjorie Ayson, bureau director of the DAR Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance, showed.
It is classified as DARCO Order No. LUCC 0819- 0078 series of 2019.
The release of the documents comes amid claims by some agrarian reform beneficiaries that the land should be distributed to them as it is covered by CARP.
This means it was reclassified into non-agricultural use prior, the order said.
The order is also subject to the following conditions, which include disturbance compensation to the affected tenants, farmworkers or bonafide occupants; applicant shall allow duly-authorized representatives of the DAR free and unhampered access to the subject property for the purpose of monitoring compliance; and the DAR reserves the right to cancel or withdraw the Order for misrepresentation of facts.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Teresita Mabunay, however, could not be reached for comment, since Friday last week, regarding claims of some agrarian reform beneficiaries that the VMC distillery location is still covered by CARP.*