No Raffle Conducted for TADECO-Owned Portion of Hacienda Luisita

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Web natl dar bldgThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) clarified today that it is not in the process of conducting another raffle in Hacienda Luisita.
“Some farmer groups may have been confused when the DAR Provincial Office of Tarlac posted in December 29 the preliminary list of agrarian reform beneficiaries of the 358 hectare Tarlac Development Corporation landholding.  There was no raffle conducted in that landholding”, clarified DAR Assistant Secretary Justin Vincent La Chica.
The 358 hectare Tarlac Development Corporation (TADECO) landholding is a portion of Hacienda Luisita located in Barangays Balete and Cut-Cut, Tarlac City, which was not part of the Supreme Court decision which was issued in the middle of 2011.  On 17 December 2013, the DAR Provincial Office of Tarlac issued a Notice of Coverage to TADECO indicating the start of the process of coverage over the said landholding.  TADECO filed a protest against the said coverage.  
On the strength of the Notice of Coverage, the DAR started its agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) identification process and came out on 29 December 2015 with a Preliminary List of 1,717 potential ARBs.  Under the rules of the DAR, it can proceed with the acquisition and distribution process short of the cancellation of the title of the landowner and the deposit of the just compensation, of the landowner pending the resolution of a protest lodged against the coverage.
“The Preliminary List, as the name suggests, is merely preliminary.  The public is given until 4 February 2016 to inform us if we missed anyone or if we included someone in the list which is not qualified.  Those listed are also asked to submit documents to prove their qualification,” explained Assistant Secretary La Chica.
“The determination of  the qualification of beneficiaries follows a process.  In the same manner as what this Department did in establishing who are qualified beneficiaries in the greater portion of Hacienda Luisita that was subject of the Supreme Court decision, and in other landholdings we have covered nationwide, we take pains to ensure that we come up with a proper list,” Assistant Secretary La Chica said.
This parcel of land was not part of the Supreme Court decision issued in the case of PARC vs. HLI.  This parcel of land was not part of the land transferred to the Hacienda Luisita Incorporated in 1989 by way of a stock distribution option.
The DAR recently conducted a hearing on the protest filed by TADECO.  Despite due notice to all parties, however, the AMBALA group failed to attend all hearings held on the matter.