In the News (Phils): House approves CARP extension

MANILA, Philippines—With few fireworks, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading Wednesday night the bill extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program for five years and providing it a P100-billion budget for land acquisition and distribution.

On the last session day of the House before it went on sine die adjournment, 211 congressmen voted for, 13 were against while two abstained from voting on House Bill 4077, or the proposed CARPER (CARP with Extension and Reforms) Law, principally authored by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, which restores the provision allowing the “compulsory acquisition” of lands.

”The acquisition and distribution of all remaining agricultural lands shall be extended for a period of five years from the effectivity of this Act,” the bill said, adding that after June 30, 2009, the modes of acquisition shall be limited to voluntary offer to sell and compulsory acquisition.

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