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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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400 farmers in Western Batangas consults with Secretary Ka Paeng Mariano

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 23 2016 1280x842NASUGBU, BATANGAS- Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael "Ka Paeng" V. Mariano recently convened the farmers in Western Batangas to address their land issues and concerns and decide over the possible solutions and strategies to address their land problems.

The consultation was attended by 400 farmers from Western Batangas and facilitated by Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas (SamBat).

Mariano emphasized that the DAR will be implementing a genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization programs for the next five years.

“We are currently conducting discussions on the important principles of genuine agrarian reform, its laws and provisions to enable the department to distribute land for free or at very least cost for our farmers”, Mariano said.news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 23 2016 1280x853

The DAR will also re-activate the Barangay Agrarian Reform Committee (BARC) as an intermediary between the farmers and the DAR so that their concerns will be immediately entertained and solved at their levels.

During the consultation, different land issues and concerns were raised by the farmers residing in Hda.Puyat, Hda.Roxas, Hda.Agoncilo, Hda.Banilad, Hda.Ascue, Hda. Looc, land of  Leviste, Enrile, Garcia, Macalalad and other agricultural lands in Western Batangas.

news reg 1 pix 3 dec. 23 2016 1280x691Mariano, together with Regional Director Engr. Rodolfo Pangilinan and DARPO Batangas officials answered all of the land issues and concerns raised by the farmers and urged them to fight for their rights on the lands they are tilling  and be one in aiming for a genuine agrarian reform.

“The primary mechanism for the  peasantry is  to fight for his right and have an  organized strength, unity and unwavering determination to defend their rights for their lands,” Mariano added.


400 farmers in Batangas consults with Secretary Ka Paeng Mariano

piaNASUGBU, BATANGAS, Dec. 24 - Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael "Ka Paeng" V. Mariano recently convened the farmers in Western Batangas to address their land issues and concerns and decide over the possible solutions and strategies to address  their land problems.

The  consultation was attended by 400 farmers from Western Batangas and facilitated by Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas (SamBat).  

Mariano emphasized that the DAR’ wiil be implementing a genuine agrarian reform  and national industrialization programs for the next five years.

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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

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400 farmers in Western Batangas consults with Secretary Ka…

NASUGBU, BATANGAS- Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael "Ka Paeng" V. Mariano recently convened the farmers in Western Batangas to address their land issues and concerns and decide over the possible solutions and strategies to address their… Read More..
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