DAR retains nationwide public consultations on IRR of New Agrarian Emancipation Act

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) held simultaneous public consultations with its stakeholders on September 1, 2023 to obtain inputs on the Employing Guidelines and Restrictions (IRR) of the New Agrarian Emancipation Act (NAEA)  or Republic Act No. 11953.  

The Committee tasked by DAR Secretary Conrado M. Estrela to draft the IRR is chaired by DAR Undersecretary Napoleon Galit with DAR Undersecretaries Luis Pangulayan and Marilyn Barua -Yap, LBP EVP Alex Lorayes, Administrator Gerardo Serios and NIA Aministrator Eddie Guillen as members.

Representatives of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from all fifteen (15) locations including the BARMM and involved farmers’ teams and civil society corporations likewise participated in the general public consultations.

Undersecretary for Area Operations Atty. Kazel C. Celeste led the Luzon leg which was held at the Wonderful Japanese Hotel in Quezon Metropolis.

Undersecretary for Overseas-Assisted and Unique Jobs Jesry T. Palmares led the Visayas leg in Passi Metropolis, Iloilo when Undersecretary for Mindanao Affairs Amihilda J. Sangcopan led the Mindanao leg at the Environment Palace Lodge in Ecoland, Davao City. 

The ARBs and farmers’ teams raised clarifications on the coverage of the New Agrarian Emancipation Act and the method of acquiring condonation and the termination of payment of just payment to landowners.

The summary of the conversations will be submitted to the IRR drafting committee for inclusion in the draft IRR which will be finalized in the course of the total committee conference with DAR Secretary Estrella on September 7, 2023. 

At the Excellent Eastern Lodge in Quezon Metropolis, ARBs Arlene Perez of Bulacan, Librado Caliong of Pampanga, Joel Domingo of Tarlac, Saturnino Distur of Pangasinan, Gaudencio Batin of Candon City and Nathan Sendan, amongst quite a few other ARBs took turns expressing gratitude to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Secretary Estrella for the NAEA and are wanting ahead to its smooth and swift implementation.

The journey of the NAEA begun scarcely a 12 months back when President Marcos Jr. signed Executive Get No. 4, Collection of 2022, imposing a a person-12 months moratorium on the payment of amortizations by ARBs. 

Estrella cited the efforts of DAR Undersecretaries Marilyn B. Barua-Yap and Luis Meinrado C. Pangulayan, who participated in just about every phase of the legislative method to ensure that the marching orders of the President to move a law that ensures  independence of farmers from their agrarian financial debt is passed by Congress.

Estrella also commended the contributions of DAR’s lover organizations, specifically the Land Bank of the Philippines represented by LBP Govt Vice President Engr. Alex A Lorayes and Vice President Atty. Marife Lynn O. Pacua, the Land Registration Authority led by Administrator Atty. Gerardo P. Serios, and the Countrywide Irrigation Administration led by Administrator Eddie Guillen.

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DAR sets drafting of IRR for New Agrarian Emancipation Act

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