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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.
“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.

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.

Mariano, 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. (DAR)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1141482460597/400-farmers-in-western-batangas-consults-with-secretary-ka-paeng-mariano

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