On the 25th Year of CARP, farmers demand justice
With the theme “ Security of Land Tenure, Justice for the Farmers”, various civil society organizations- the Kilusang Maralita sa Kanayunan (KILOS KA), the Demokratikong Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (DKMP)-Lanao, the Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement (MPPM), and the Lanao Fisheries Advocacy Network (LFAN)- converged and launched series of activities in Lanao del Norte to demand justice for the peasant leaders and farmers who were harassed, threatened, ejected from the lands they are tilling, and slain for strongly advocating land distribution, during the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the First (1st) Death Anniversary of Venecia “Inday” Natinga, on June 19, 2013.
Among the activities conducted were the Forum on the Implementation of Agrarian Reform Policy and the Challenges to Rural Workers, the Legal Cliniquing, the Mass Mobilization to Demand Justice for the Death of Venecia “Inday” Natinga, and the Concert for Justice.
The series of activities were participated by farmers and fisherfolks who are facing legal cases, problems on access to land and resources, and relatives and family of farmer leaders slain because of their strong advocacy for agrarian reform.
It was also participated by public and private lawyers and provincial personnel of line agencies involve in land distribution such as the Department Agrarian Refrom (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
According to Lydia Mangcao, DKMP Chairperson and Secretary General of KILOS KA, many farmers have suffered in the slow implementation of the agrarian reform program. Many of these farmers have lost the lands they have struggled for years after they were forcibly ejected by their land owners with the use of security guards and police officers. Some farmers were killed after they resisted the harassments of their landlords.
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