Manifesto signed to stop
DAR downsizing in 2014
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Members of the House Committee on Agriculture have signed a manifesto asking President Benigno Aquino III to hold in abeyance the plan to downsize the Department of Agrarian Reform in 2014.
Rep. Pryde Henry Teves (Neg. Or., 3rd District), who chairs the committee, said the manifesto, that was also addressed to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and the Department of Budget and Management, said it will be unconstitutional to abolish DAR as the constitution provides that agrarian reform shall continue to be implemented with a corresponding annual budget.
He said P30 billion is needed to complete the mandate of DAR by 2014, including the distribution of more than 500,000 hectares of land to agrarian reform beneficiaries.