KMP sa CBCP: Tulungan n’yo kami sa CARPER

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Nagtungo ang isang grupo ng mga magsasaka sa Pope Pius XII Catholic Center sa Paco, Manila upang igiit sa mga Obispo ang kanilang posisyon sa Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reform (CARPER).

Sinabi ni Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Secretary General Antonio Flores na umaasa sila na muling ikokonsidera ng mga Obispo ang kanilang posisyon na bumabatikos sa pagpapatupad ng CARPER, na lalo lang nagpapalubog sa kahirapan sa mga magsasaka dahil patuloy pa rin ang pakikibaka para sa tunay na reporma sa lupa...


CBCP asked to reconsider stand on CARP

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ze16A farmers’ group has asked Catholic bishops to reconsider their position on the government’s CARP. The KMP told the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that the CARP is set to expire in 2014 and that the Aquino administration and the landlords are calling for the extension of what they allege is an anti-peasant law.

The KMP said the CBCP is supporting the government’s CARP, as it claimed that the program has worsened when it was amended into CARPer.

The government has distributed more public lands than those owned by landlords, the KMP told the CBCP.

Source: The Philippine Star

Part of Luisita now titled to gov’t

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Some 4,000 hectares of the expansive estate owned by President Benigno Aquino’s family in Tarlac have been titled to the government to pave the way for land distribution, which farm workers said should take place before Mr. Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) if his administration doesn’t want to face protests...

Source: Inquirer News

Farmers call for genuine reform

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Farmers belonging to the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas called on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to revisit its stand on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
In an appeal, the group said “CARP is set to expire in 2014 and the Aquino administration, big landlords, and their special agents are now in chorus to again extend the anti-peasant law.”

“The Hacienda Luisita is a testament to CARP’s failure as it was unable to address landlessness, poverty, hunger, social injustice, oppression and deception in the country,” said KMP General SecretaryAntonio Flores.
Flores said “the bogus CARP was not meant to break land monopoly and was instead implemented only to appease peasant unrest in the countryside and to create an illusion of land reform.”

Source: Manila Standard Today

DAR sets September award of Luisita

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Close to 5,000 hectares of sugar farms belonging to the family of President Aquino will be awarded in September to farmer-beneficiaries. Undersecretary for Operations Jose Grajeda said the department will distribute the lands to 6, 212 farmers-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita. “Allow us first to finish the raffle-draw of lot assignments to begin next week and is expected to end by Aug. 2,” he told the Manila Standard. After the completion of the raffle draw for the farmers, Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes will immediately generate certificates of land ownership award for submission to the Registry of Deeds in Tarlac, then the land transfer of certificate of title follows, he said.

Source: Manila Standar Today