The Inbox

Farmers demand CARP completion

Text, photos and video by VINCENT GO, VERA Files

Hundreds of farmers from Negros Occidental and Batangas marched to Manila to ask President Benigno Aquino III to immediately distribute land to farmer-beneficiaries before the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program ends in 2014.

The farmers' mass action started on June 1, when thousands of them marched from different parts of Negros Occidental to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) office in Bacolod City.

The farmers, all of them affiliated with the peasant federation Task Force Mapalad (TFM), stormed the gates of the DAR compound demanding a dialogue with Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes who was then in the city, but he snubbed them.

Some 200 farmers continued the journey toward Manila, traveling by sea to Batangas City, where Archbishop Ramon Arguelles provided them food and shelter.  They were also joined by farmers from TFM Batangas.

Bad weather accompanied the farmers, with Typhoon Ambo hitting the country as the farmers embarked on their journey.

On June 4, the farmers resumed their journey on foot toward Metro Manila, passing through various towns and parishes where they were fed and given shelter for the night. They arrived in Manila on June 8 and were met by Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at Caritas Manila, the charity and outreach organization of the Catholic Church.

The farmers marched toward Malacanang hoping for a dialogue with Aquino but he was out of the country at that time.

The farmers remain in Manila to await dialogue with various officials. They want the DAR to rush land acquisition and distribution (LAD), a component of CARP. The program had been extended in 2009, called the Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER), and given a 2014 deadline.

Farmers fear DAR will not meet its target, although Palace officials had assured them the program would be completed before Aquino steps down in 2016.

(VERA Files is put out by senior journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. VERA is Latin for true.)

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster has reportedly tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who she has been dating for less than a year. …

  • Bad news for Samsung: 85% of people in Philippines willing to buy homegrown …
    Bad news for Samsung: 85% of people in Philippines willing to buy homegrown …

    Smartphone growth is being fueled not by big names like Samsung but by the increasing demand of homegrown smartphone brands in the country. …

  • Eruption now engaged to GF
    Eruption now engaged to GF

    [caption id="attachment_131583" align="alignright" width="240"] Newly engaged couple Eric Tai and Rona Samson; (inset) Samson’s engagement ring (Instagram)[/caption] Eric “Eruption” Tai has already proposed to his non-showbiz girlfriend Rona Samson. The “It’s Showtime” mainstay offered Samson the ring near Mayon Volcano, Albay over the Holy week break. Tai shared during Monday’s episode of “It’s Showtime,” how he asked Samson the big question. “Umakyat kami, siyempre Eruption at Mayon Volcano. …

  • 'More Fun in the Philippines' campaign brings more visitors from New Z …
    'More Fun in the Philippines' campaign brings more visitors from New Z …

    More New Zealanders are finding fun in the Philippines, based on recent data revealed by the Department of Tourism. …

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    AFP News - 17 hours ago
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Cover Media - Thu, Apr 24, 2014
    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster has reportedly tied the knot with Alexandra Hedison, who she has been dating for less than a year. …

  • Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course

    Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course

    AFP News - 9 hours ago
    Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course

    Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday. Pictures showed the US president being served sake by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the counter of the tiny Tokyo eatery, as part of a meal billed as a chance for bonding, at which neither wore a tie. But a report Thursday said instead of making small talk and savouring Japanese delicacies at …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options