After four days of picket-protests at the Department of Agrarian Reform office, the farmers of southern Negros were finally heard yesterday.
Leaders of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and National Federation of Sugar Workers in Negros Occidental had a dialog with Domingo Gatmaitan, Hinigaran Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer, to air their concerns over the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
“Although Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer LucreciaTaberna did not face us, it is good that we voiced the plight of the farmers in Southern Negros,” Danny Tabura, Anakpawis chair, said.
Gatmaitan assured the farmers during the dialog that PARO Taberna will schedule a consultation with them, Tabura said.
“Gatmaitan said DAR will communicate with the leaders' council to finalize the reports filed by the farmers in Binalbagan and La Carlota, among others,” he said.
“We received reports of threats to demolish houses of farmers living in hacienda Pawis, Binalbagan,” KMP Secretary General Dolly Celedonio said, asking that the land holdings of Yusay consists of more than 200 hectares, and must be subject to CARP.
In Ara-al, La Carlota City, farmers are also clamoring because the beneficiaries living in the land holdings were not included in the primary list. Instead, those in the “prenda-ariendo” contract were prioritized, Celedonio said.
There are also concerns over CARP in other land-holdings in Binalbagan, Bago, La Carlota, Central and southwestern Negros, Celedonio also said.*KBC
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