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DAR distributes lands to 434 farmers in Quezon

news reg 2 pix 1 oct. 26 2017SAN NARCISO, Quezon – After more than two decades of struggle fighting for land, 434 farmer beneficiaries in Quezon province finally receive 1,270 hectares of agricultural land from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The recipients of the certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) are from Bondoc Peninsula, considered as the province’s agrarian hotspot areas.

The 434 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are residents from the towns of San Narciso, San Andres, San Francisco, Buenavista and Mulanay.

The covered landholdings include 844.23 hectares in Barangay Tala and 213.62 hectares in Barangay Camflora, both in San Andres town; 172.72 hectares in Barangay Busok-busokan and 16.76 hectares in Barangay Vigo Central in San Narciso; and 22.28 hectares in Barangay Tayuman in San Francisco. 

The large part of distributed landholdings were from Hacienda Reyes property.

DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong together with Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello led the CLOA distribution ceremony on Wednesday, October 25 in at the municipal gymnasium of San Narciso town.

“This triumph is not only for ourselves but for our children and the future of the next generation,” Bistoyong said as she read the message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

 In his message, President Duterte emphasized the need to fast-track the distribution of lands to the landless farmers in the country.

Support services, on the other hand, will soon be provided to the ARBs in the area, Bistoyong added.

Among the support programs that DAR will immediately implement include the distribution of P2.5 million worth of seedlings and farm machineries.

She also encouraged the ARBs to develop their lands and told them not to mortgage or sell the same.

“Ang biyaya ng lupa ay simula pa lamang. Hindi natin ito dapat gawing dahilan upang maging mapagmataas at makasarili. At lalong hindi natin dapat sayangin ang biyayang ito. Bagkus gawin natin itong instrumento upang magkaisa at sama-samang mapaangat ang antas ng ating pamumuhay at ang kalagayan ng ating bansa,” she said.

 The ceremony was also graced by Board Member Vincent Reyes, the fourth generation of the Reyes clan who owned the hacienda where the lands distributed on Wednesday are located.

Reyes said he saw, through the years, the struggle and determination of the farmers to own the land they till.news reg 2 pix 2 oct. 26 2017

“I understand the problems on these land. I hope that you will protect these lands, which are now yours, the way our family valued it,” he said.

He also vowed to help protect and make the distributed lands productive.

“I am saying this not as a public servant but as a former landowner of the land. Tayo na ang nagmamay-ari ng mga lupaing ito kaya sama-sama natin itong palaguin,” he stressed.

One of the farmer leaders who received his CLOA was Dindo Revilla of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula (KMBP) who, on behalf of the 434 ARBs, expressed gratitude to the administration of President Duterte and DAR for the triumph they gained after years of struggle.

Revilla also hoped the government will provide support services to them to hasten the development in their agricultural and economic lives.

Another farmer leader, Melchor Roco said they are dedicating the triumph they achieved to their leaders and members who died at the height of their struggle to own the land they till.

“Iniaalay natin ito sa pitong mga kasamang magsasaka na nagbuwis ng buhay habang tayo ay nakibaka upang makamtan ang lupang ating sinasaka,” Roco emphasized.

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Bondoc Peninsula farmers receive land titles

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 26 2017AGRARIAN REFORM SECRETARY ROSALINA L. BISTOYONG (center in pink) poses with the Bondoc Peninsula farmer-beneficiaries after receiving their land titles from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).  After more than two decades of struggle fighting for land, 434 farmer beneficiaries in Quezon province finally receive 1,270 hectares of agricultural land from the Department. The covered landholdings include 844.23 hectares in Barangay Tala and 213.62 hectares in Barangay Camflora, both in San Andres town; 172.72 hectares in Barangay Busok-busokan and 16.76 hectares in Barangay Vigo Central in San Narciso; and 22.28 hectares in Barangay Tayuman in San Francisco.  Also in the picture include (4th from right to left) San Narciso Mayor Florabelle Uy-Yap, Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Atty. Karlo S. Bello, Regional Director Luis Bueno Jr.,  Public Assistance and Media Relations Service Director Leomides Villareal (3rd from left),  Quezon Board Member Vincent Reyes (5th from left), former landowner of Hacienda Reyes and other public officials. 

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DAR calls for investigation on farmers’ killings

news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 28 2017The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to conduct a fact-finding mission with human rights organizations in the disputed coconut plantations of Southern Quezon tomorrow, Mar. 1, after a shooting incident reportedly killed two farmers last weekend.

Less than a month since the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines ended, peasant fatalities for the month of February reached five.

Thirty-two-year-old coconut farmer Gilbert Bancat was reportedly gunned down by two unidentified men in Sitio Kawayan of San Andres town last Feb. 25. Farmer Angel Carabot who happened to be near the incident was also hit by gunshots and died a day after in a hospital in Lucena City.

Local farmers’ groups identify the victims as members of Pinagkaisang Lakas ng mga Magbubukid sa Quezon (PIGLAS-Quezon) and tillers of the Bondoc Peninsula. The area is a sprawling coconut plantation and has been contested by coconut farmers for decades.

Bancat was a peasant leader of the Anakpawis Partylist and an active organizer of farmers fighting for their rights in the so-called “Hacienda Belt” of Quezon province. Last January, he joined a group of coconut farmers in Brgy. Camflora in a dialogue with owners of Hacienda Uy to discuss issues on land rental fees and shares of harvest.

The farmers succeeded in their campaign and was able to produce four tons of copra with a 75-25 share in favor of the farmers according to reports.

Spate of killings

A farmer-activist was shot dead on Feb. 19 in the contested 4,124-hectare reservation area of the University of the Southern Mindanao in Arakan, North Cotabato. Willerme Algorde of the Mailuminado Farmers’ Association, Inc. (MAFAI) was sitting in front of his son’s store when a riding-in-tandem gunned him down.

Last Feb. 16, Edwin Catog of the Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Walog Compostela and a supporter of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI) in Tagum City was killed while he was on his way to buy fish in Pantukan, Compostela Valley. Catog was involved in the campout protest of farmers late last year in the banana plantation previously owned by the Lapanday Foods Corp.

Lastly, a shooting incident in the Nemencio Tan landholding in President Roxas, Capiz killed a farmer and injured four when gunmen fired at a group of farmers last Feb. 11. Orlando Eslana sustained a gunshot wound at the back and was pronounced dead on arrival in a provincial hospital.

DAR Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has ordered the investigations and immediate resolutions of the agrarian disputes in the respective areas to prevent further injuries and casualties. The agrarian reform chief assured the farmers that appropriate measures will take place to immediately settle the land row problems in the involved landholdings.

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Dialogue with farmers

news reg 2 pix 1 march 9 2017Nasugbu, Batangas—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officials led by Assistant Secretary Elmer Distor, conducted a dialogue with the farmers’ group, Damayan ng Magsasaka ng Batangas (DAMBA) in Barangay Lumbangan to listen to their concerns, sentiments and current situations. To ensure that the farmers’ rights are being upheld, the DAR would hold redocumentation, reocular inspection and review other cases that were deemed unfavorable to the farmers.

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DAR distributes lands to 434 farmers in Quezon

SAN NARCISO, Quezon – After more than two decades of struggle fighting for land, 434 farmer beneficiaries in Quezon province finally receive 1,270 hectares of agricultural land from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).The recipients of the certificate of… Read More..
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Bondoc Peninsula farmers receive land titles

AGRARIAN REFORM SECRETARY ROSALINA L. BISTOYONG (center in pink) poses with the Bondoc Peninsula farmer-beneficiaries after receiving their land titles from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). After more than two decades of struggle fighting for land,… Read More..
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DAR calls for investigation on farmers’ killings

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to conduct a fact-finding mission with human rights organizations in the disputed coconut plantations of Southern Quezon tomorrow, Mar. 1, after a shooting incident reportedly killed two farmers last weekend.Less… Read More..
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Dialogue with farmers

Nasugbu, Batangas—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officials led by Assistant Secretary Elmer Distor, conducted a dialogue with the farmers’ group, Damayan ng Magsasaka ng Batangas (DAMBA) in Barangay Lumbangan to listen to their concerns, sentiments… Read More..

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