30 June 2014 marked the expiration of funding for the Philippine Government’s centerpiece legislation on agrarian reform. It does not, however, indicate the end of agrarian reform implementation. The supposed “end” of the centerpiece legislation only signifies an opportunity for the State to address the challenges in the past years, identify good practices and formulate measures, under which the gains of the agrarian reform program can be, and will be protected.
On 9 September 2015, CARRD together with the ILC Philippine-based organizations organized an Experts’ roundtable discussion on the progress and prospects of Philippine agrarian reform and rural development (ARRD) at Fersal Hotel-Malakas, Quezon City.
More than 40 experts, advocates and practitioners of ARRD participated in the discussion. Inputs and information on ARRD were shared by Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes of DAR, Mr. Ruel Limbo of DAR Support Service, Mr. Marc Caoili of PEF, Cong. Cresente Paez of COOP-NATCCO, Usec. Segfredo Serrano of DA, Mr. Roel Ravanera of XSF and Mr. Dave de Vera of PAFID.
Results of the RTD will be consolidated by CARRD to serve as inputs in drafting a CSO position or working paper on a possible law on ARRD.