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Akbayan solon calls for immediate installation of farmers in Cuenca land February 28, 2007

Posted by s511 in agrarian reform, Press Releases.
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Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales today called on the Department of Agrarian Reform Sec. Nasser Pangandaman to facilitate the immediate installation of farmer beneficiaries in Negros lands belonging to Roberto Cuenca.

The Malaga farmers, who have set up camp in front of the DAR premises have been granted certificates of land ownership awards and the DAR itself has admitted on national television that no more impediments should block the awarding of the lands to the farmers.

“It is sad that farmers are being pitted against farmers to delay the installation of the beneficiaries because the land that they are claiming is separate from the one claimed by another group,” said Rosales.

“The secretary’s pronouncements that the farmer beneficiaries are fake holds no water since the list has already been cleansed, going through an inclusion and exclusion process,” added Rosales.  “The only impediment is the landlord himself who is unwilling to part with prime lands that under the law, should not belong to him.”

“There is no more process to be undertaken, nothing else that needs to be done except install the farmers,” explained Rosales.  “The DAR should instead support the farmers and give them appropriate support services to help uplift their lives.”

“The Arroyo government has the recovered Marcos wealth at its disposal, and out of P35 billion, about P20 billion should go into land acquisitiona nd distribution and P7 billion should go to support services,” Rosales pointed out.  “Lack of money cannt be used as an excuse either.”

“Farmers in the area have already been killed, harassed and initimidated by Blue Guards supposedly under the employ of the landlord and this should also be investigated,” added Rosales.  “No ifs and buts just because Cuenca is a balae of Iggy Arroyo.”

“Government should understand that landlessness and the resulting poverty is the root cause of armed resistance in the countryside and instead of an unnecessary anti-terror bill it is this social injustice that must be addressed once and for all.”

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