NASSA’s call for the resignation of Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes

After a series of consultations with various stakeholders, the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) – the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) – joins the call for the resignation of the current Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary, Atty. Virgilio de los Reyes for the sake of the prompt and proper implementation of the agrarian reform law or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms (CARPER.)

We see that at this juncture, Sec. de los Reyes no longer has ascendency over his department and his way of doing things slows down rather than speeds-up the implementation of the agrarian reform program.  At this critical moment of the program, his accomplishment is very dismal.

We call on the President of the government, His Excellency Benigno C. Aquino III, who ultimately is the one responsible for the execution of the laws of the land, to heed the calls of many groups to change the present leadership of DAR and to make it more responsive to the implementation of CARPER and the needs of the poor farmers whom the agrarian reform law is meant to serve.  The accomplishments of his secretaries reflect his own governance.

 

(SIGNED)

+ Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D.

National Director

28 December 2012

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