The 145-hectare land that was previously awarded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in 1996 was successfully turned over by DAR to MARBAI farmers last Dec. 19. However, the farmer-beneficiaries were forcibly driven out of their own land by about 300 security guards of the LFC.
Category: Agrarian Reform
“The gravity of the land problem continues to compel farmers to organize themselves and struggle for social justice.”
How many sacadas must be exploited in Hacienda Luisita and other sugar plantations in the country to produce sugar made bitter by their sweat and tears?
“The long and arduous struggle and sacrifices of Hacienda Luisita farmers for the land are slowly being repaid. The CLOA distribution to Luisita farmers is just the start.” By CERES BUSY Bulatlat HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) chose this day to grant Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to some…
“The perennial problems of landlessness and rural poverty have made farmers more vulnerable and helpless in times of calamity.”
“National minorities – 24 lumad from the Manobo tribe and some Calagan Moros were also exploited to work for a measly P9.46 a day – the same paltry sum that the Cojuangco-Aquinos gave their ‘stockholders’ 12 years ago.”
“All of us are hopeful that the Duterte administration will reopen the case.”
The sakadas worked from 4 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a pay way below the minimum wage of P334 per day in Tarlac. They received P9 to P128 per day due to numerous deductions.
After two years, it was only in July when Flores and other farmers were allowed to again till their farm lots, a part of the long-running struggle of farm workers in Hacienda Luisita.
“This incident is glaring proof of a company’s greed and fascism being tolerated by the government for so long.”
After six years of being fenced off from their land, the agrarian reform beneficiaries of Tagum City could wait no more.