[Press Release] Boxed and botched promises by DAR Region 8

Boxed and botched promises by DAR Region 8

Tacloban City – “Ang CLOA ay sa magsasaka ibinibigay at hindi ipina file sa drawer, ugat ng maraming isyu dito sa lupa ang pagtingin ng DAR Region 8 sa CLOA na isang dokumentong pwedeng basta itago kaya nababalewala, nawawalan ng halaga,” quips Dhon Daganasol, spokesperson of KATARUNGAN Eastern Visayas. “Nakakapagsisi na naniwala kami sa pangako ng DAR Region 8 sa isang dayalogo nung Pebrero ngayong taon. Naniwala kami na mabibigyan ng solusyon ang problema naming mga magsasaka na patuloy na dumaranas ng hirap bago at matapos ang Yolanda. Dadalhin namin sa Maynila ito ulit, may pag-asa kaming nakikita sa DAR Central, dahil sa napagtagumpayan nilang ma-install ang kasama naming magsasaka sa KMBP-Katarungan (Kilusan ng Magbubukid ng Bondoc Pensinsula),” he added.

Katarungan

Daganasol and 34 other farmer leaders will brave the rough seas today to travel to Manila for a dialogue with DAR Central Officials. They will be met by 15 other farmer leaders already in Manila who are set to camp out on DAR grounds. The farmer leaders are from the municipalities of Barugo, Carigara, Alangalang, Sta. Fe, San Miguel, Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte, representatives of the various farmers’ organizations which are part of the 1,800 members of KATARUNGAN Eastern Visayas, a regional alliance of farmers and fisher folks associations campaigning for land and shelter rights.

“Kung ano ang idinulog namin sa kanila nung isang taon, yun pa rin ang isyu. Hindi na uman-DAR ito,” said Elmer Opeña, farmer leader from Carigara. In 2008, DAR Region 8 reported having accomplished the distribution of CLOA to about 21,000 ARBs in the municipalities of Alangalang, Barugo, Jaro and Ormoc alone when only hundreds have actually been given. “Nangako ang DAR Region 8 na magba validate ng mga undistributed CLOAs, pero hanggang ngayon wala pa ring katiyakan kung kailan ito maibibigay sa amin,” Manuel Cayubit, farmer leader from Barugo said.

Meanwhile, about 1,200 farmer beneficiaries in Ormoc, who are in possession of their CLOAs, remain uninstalled in 1,800 hectares of land, a decade after being awarded. “Madalas naming marinig na win-win solution ang inilalatag ng DAR, pero sino nga ba ang nananalo sa mga solusyon na ibinibigay nila? Gusto nilang maghintay kami, hindi pa ba sapat ang labing anim (16) na taon ng paghihintay para maisakatuparan ang pangako ng batas. May CLOA kami, hindi naman kami mabigyan ng proteksyon?” said Rosenda Apay, President of self-installed Bugho Farmers Association in Ormoc, who from their self -installation in April of this year, and until this day continue to brave the harassment and threat from intruding group of farmers, “hinihintay na lang yata ng DAR Region 8 kung sino ang matitirang matibay sa pinagsasabong nilang magsasaka dito sa Ormoc.”

Farmers from the land previously covered by the Leyte Sab-A Basin Development Authority (LSBDA) also hope to have an audience with the newly appointed Commissioner Chito Gascon of the Commission on Human Rights to elevate the human rights violation committed against them since the start of the process of CARP coverage on the said landholding.

“There’s something amiss in the implementation of the Agrarian Reform Law in Region 8. Tila nga natulungan pa ng Yolanda na mabuksan ito sa kaalaman ng lahat, panahon na para ang DAR Central at ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno ang humawak ng mga isyu namin dahil wala na atang balak gawin ang Region 8 ng DAR,” Daganasol said in closing.

PRESS RELEASE Contact Person: Dhon Daganasol
July 11, 2015 Contact Details: 0943.417.7474
0948.558.2660 katarungan.evis@gmail.com

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