Philippine farmers march for land distribution and protection
Farmers and agrarian reform advocates marched around the Quezon City Memorial Circle in the Philippines last 3 June demanding the completion of land distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER). Carrying the message “Lupa para sa Magsasaka, Pagkain para sa Lahat” (“Land for the Farmers, Food for All”), farmers gathered in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to protest against the slow pace of land distribution in the country. The march, organized by the People’s Campaign for Agrarian Reform Network (AR Now!), was followed by a national forum on agrarian reform. DAR undersecretaries gave presentations on the agency’s measures to ensure the completion of land redistribution as well as support services.
Moreover, DAR and AR Now! inked a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen monitoring of DAR’s performance in achieving land distribution targets.