DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Members of the Unyon ng mga Manggawa sa Agrikultura urged the Department of Agrarian Reform to press charges…
Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said it is only the Supreme Court that could stop him from installing 159 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Tagum City.
Hundreds of farmers were dismayed as they were prevented from taking over awarded lands today, following the failure of the local police to provide security and to aid the Agrarian Reform Secretary in installing the beneficiaries and their families.
As their land is now within their arms reach, farmers of Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc., are planning to sell their bananas to other buyers as they push to end their ties with Lapanday Foods Corporation.
No less than the Agrarian Reform Secretary, Rafael Mariano will attend the symbolic reinstallation of farmers in the contested San Isidro area inside the Hijo Plantation in Barangay Madaum here Tuesday morning.
The government said some 6,000 hectares of land claimed by an Ata Manobo chieftain here will be planted with about a million coconut trees starting this year.
Internal problems at the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will not affect the coco levy fund.
An official of Land Bank of the Philippines said Wednesday that farmers considered as Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) will be prioritized in terms of lending them a financial assistance.
The upcoming investment conference of the business sector this year has included agribusiness in the priority sectors for investments that will provide more job opportunities.
The Department of Agrarian Reform welcomed the resolution by the Eight Division of the Court of Appeals last Jan. 6, denying the Lapanday Food Corporation of its application for a temporary restraining order in the recent conflict with a banana growers cooperative in Tagum City.