Daang Matuwid

I think all of us are for the implementation of "Daang Matuwid"(straight path) which is the incumbent administration's policy. However, in the implementation of this policy objective, there are many violations even when the law is very clear.

In the importation of goods, smuggling continues to exist. The smugglers try their luck because I suppose some government officials with whom they were dealing in the past are also still working in government sensitive positions. Their bosses or top officials may be sincere, but again the smuggling syndicate is still very much embedded in the system. The challenge is how to catch them and break the corrupt cycle. It will take the collective effort of our citizens and the honest government officials to drastically reduce the smuggling of goods.

Then you have other instances where the Constitution and the law is very clear. But unfortunately the law is not complied with. For example, the implementation of the constitutional provision that only the tillers of the farm are entitled to be given agricultural land. Our present Constitution only recognizes farmers/tenants and regular farmworkers tilling the land who are landless to to be given land. All others are only entitled to the just fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, in spite of Malacañang's desires about implementing "Daang Matuwid," more than half of the confrontational CARP cases in Negros Occidental is due to the fact that many agrarian reform municipal and provincial agrarian reform officers have given Certificates of Land Ownership (CLOAS) to persons who, under the law, are not entitled to be given land. In short, they are fake CLOA holders. Thus, those who are the real beneficiaries are fighting for the implementation of their rights to own the land they are entitled to.

I wonder whether it's true that there is a kind of a "bounty" given to those who are awarded land by the DAR. It was reported to me that some European NGOs give at least 1,000 euros to every tenant or worker awardee. My sources tell me that this is part of the reason why some DAR personnel don't care who is awarded the land as long as they are installed as beneficiaries. The sources ask the question who really receives the assistance given by the NGOs... Is it the agrarian reform beneficiaries or some other people?

I understand that some businessmen want to report to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III certain matters that affect their businesses. For example some rules and regulations catch them by surprise, and they are unable to plan in advance their operations in the near future. These businessmen informed me that they are reluctant to do so, because they fear that some retaliatory action against them will happen if they report to PBSA III. I was told there are other concerns regarding the implementation of certain laws that involve business.

Finally, there is the matter about red tape. For example when you transact business with the Land Bank, they will not receive a genuine form like a General Information Sheet, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws duly received and stamped by the (SEC) Securities and Exchange Commission. Landbank requires that those transacting business with them when forms are required must produce a SEC-certified true copy of the documents.

When you mortgage a real estate property and offer the original Transfer Certificate of Title as collateral to a bank, they require the borrower to obtain from the Register of Deeds a certified true copy of the title. I say, how does one know that the signature of the Register of Deeds is genuine? Do we need to get another certification that the signature of the one who certified is genuine? And continue the process ad infinitum? rene.g.espina@gmail.com

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