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Filipino farmers in Capiz reoccupy their land after a decade

This 16 September 2010, the farmer-beneficiaries of Barangay Consolacion Dumalag, Capiz will be marching back to claim the land that has been awarded to them nine years ago by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) through the Comprehensive and Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). In 20 October 2000, the DAR distributed individual Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries as proof of their ownership to the lands that they have been tilling as farm workers for several years.
“Sa inyo ang DAR kag papel, sa amon ang lupa!” (You may have the DAR and the paper, but the lands will remain to be in our possession). Hopes were dashed when a group led by Richard Biaco, a lessee of the former landowner stormed the landholding, illegally occupied the lands and filed a protest to the DAR. The protest on the identification and qualification of ARBs was filed as Eduardo Fedalgo, et. al., versus Maria Fungot and members of Consolacion ARBMPC. This caused to the loss of livelihoods and hopelessness that their ownership of the land awarded to the farmers since 2000 would become real.


8,975 farmers, agri workers hopeful of finally getting land under CARP

Source: Manila Bulletin
August 16, 2010, 3:54pm

No less than 8,975 farmers and agricultural workers are pinning their hopes of finally getting land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the event the Supreme Court (SC) junks the already invalidated stock distribution offer (SDO) implemented in Hacienda Luisita.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said Monday these farmers and workers work in 14 plantations in Tarlac, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Iloilo and Davao del Sur.

The KMP said the biggest is still Hacienda Luisita, which has 4,916 hectares of land covered by the SDO and beneficiaries numbering 6,296.

The Hacienda Luisita SDO was approved on Nov. 11, 1989, or more than two years after former President Cory Aquino announced her agrarian reform program that would cover all plantations producing a variety of crops.

At five members per household, the total number of people affected is about 50,000. (Read full article, click here)

Activists sceptical about land reform under new Philippines president – TrustLaw

By Thin Lei Win

for TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters Foundation Service

June 19, 2010, Monday

BANGKOK (TrustLaw) – When Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, son of two democracy heroes, was sworn in as the Philippines’ fifteenth president on June 30, he pledged to tackle two pressing issues – corruption and poverty.

For sceptical land rights groups and activists, his approach to agrarian land reform, which he failed to mention in his inaugural speech, will be a test of how serious he is.

They say the slow progress of land reform is one of the major reasons for rural poverty and social injustice in the largely agrarian country. It is also one of the causes of a 40-year-old Maoist insurgency that has killed more than 40,000 people. (for More, click on Good Governance Article – Activists sceptical about land reform under new Philippines president – TrustLaw)