PARAG-UMA GIN-AGIAN HAN OPERASYON MILITAR, PINATAY!

TACLOBAN CITY – Ginsasalin-orog an ika-148 nga kaadlawan han aton bayani nga hi Andres Bonifacio samtang nasusubo na naman an sektor han mga parag-uma tungod han bag-o pala nga pagpataya han mga militar han usa nga parag-uma nga hi Boboy Pajanustan han, 40 yrs old, han Brgy. San Miguel, Las Navas, Northern Samar dida han November 25, 2011.

“Waray pa ngani pagtatapos an bulan han nobyembre diin ginbisita mismo han chief han Army nga hi MajGen. Emmanuel T. Bautista an 8th Infantry Division nagpakita na an mga militar hin pangil para hadlokon ngan patayon an mga kablas nga parag-uma ha aton rehiyon,” pahayag pa ni Nestor Lebico, Secretary General han Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB.

Pagmalatumat pa ni Lebico nga atubangan han 9 yrs old nga anak han biktima ginkuha an iya Tatay han mga nag-ooperasyon nga militar ha ira ginkukuhaan hin kahoy para han ginhihimo nira nga balay banda 8:00 han aga han nahitaboan nga adlaw ha ira umhanan ngan natad-an nala nga patay.

“Doble ini nga makasurobo nga higayon tungod kay ha pira na ka-anyos nga ginpakigbisog ni Bonifacio an tinuod nga kagawasan ngan hustisya, ginpupudngan ini mismo han aton gobyerno pinaagi han pagpatay ha mga nakikigbisog han katadungan ngan tinuod nga demokrasya,” dugang pa ni Lebico.

Kun mahanunumdoman an nobyembre nga bulan an ginkukunsidera nga masaker nga bulan para han mga progresibo nga grupo tungod han damo nga pinatay hini nga mga aktibista ngan masa han mga militar mismo, upod na hini denhe an pinatay nga hi Prof. Leonardo Co, an Palo Masaker ngan mismo an Hacienda Luisita Masaker.###

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KADAUGAN HAN NGATANAN NGA PARAG-UMA AN BAG-O NGA DESISYON HAN SUPREME COURT KABAHIN HAN HACIENDA LUISITA

TACLOBAN CITY – Napamatud-an han Supreme Court (SC) dida han November 22, 2011 an ma-anomaliya nga pag-aamkon han mga Aquino-Cojuangco ha 4,915.75 ektarya nga tuna ha Tarlac sanglit ginpapadistribwer na ini ha 6,296 rehistrado nga trabahador ha uma, ngan diri harayo an nawong han Hacienda Luisita (HLI) ha nahitatabo nga ma-anomaliya nga pag-aamkon liwat han 429 ka ektarya hin tuna han dati nga erya han Leyte Sab-a Basin Development Authority (LSBDA) ha Alang-alang ngan San Miguel, Leyte ni Associate Justice  Vicente Veloso nga pirit nga ginpa-iwas an mga parag-uma ha ira mga katunaan.

“Waray makawang an damo na nga balhas ug dugo nga ginpakigbisog han aton mga kabugtuan nga parag-uma ha (HLI) ha pira na ka dekada nga naglabay, sanglit dako ini nga moral ha pakig-away han mga parag-uma ha LSBDA ug ha ngatanan nga mayda monopolyo ha tuna ha bug-os nga rehiyon,” pahayag ni Nestor Lebico, Secretary General han Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB.

Pagmalatumat pa ni Lebico nga diri nagtatapos ha pagdistribwer han katunaan an angay himuon han aton gobyerno kundi kinahanglan magka-ada suporta serbisyo nga himuon ha mga parag-uma nga diri nahihimo labi na ha mga pinakakablas hini.

“Tungod han pagkilala han SC han mga bulnerable nga luho ha Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms o CARPER, napapanahon na nga igbasura na an CARPER ngan igsabalaud an Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill o GARB labi kay hini nga balaud libre nga ig-didistrebwer an tuna ha mga parag-uma ngan gingagarantiya hini an katungod ha tuna nga diri na mahibalik ha mga kapitalista ug agaron maytuna,” pagtatapos ni Lebico.###

VISAYAS-WIDE ON-SITE PUBLIC HEARING NG GARB

Ilang Pictures sa ginawang GARB visayas-wide on-site public hearing sponsored by Committee on Agrarian Reform ng Kongreso, na ginanap sa Calbayog Convention Center sa Calbayog City noong nakaraang Nov. 17, 2011 sa ganap na 1:00pm hanggang 5:00pm. nilahukan ito ng 1,200+ na delegates na galing sa iba-ibang sektor lalo na ang masang magsasaka na majority sa delegates. The Committee is headed y Cong. Teves ng Negros.

Bago nito sa umaga ng Nov. 17, 2011, nagkaroon ng Rally ang mga magsasaka sa downtown erya ng syudad ng Calbayog sa pamumuno ng SAGUPA-SB na nilahukan ng mahigit 500 na magsasaka. Isinisigaw ng mga magsasaka ang pagsasabatas ng Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill o GARB o HB 374 sa Kongreso.

ENACT GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM BILL NOW!

ENACT GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM BILL NOW!
Position Paper for the Visayas GARB On-site Hearing

Land is life for the Filipino farmers. But for twenty three years under the implementation of the government’s land reform, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) now with Extension and Reforms (CARPER), life has never been fun for five out of ten palay farmers in the region who until now do not own the land they till and are still bound by the tenancy system. CARP failed to break the land monopoly in the country – private land monopoly remains intact. Here in the region, from 1972 until 2008, more than 75% of the lands distributed under the land program of the government came from public lands and less than 25% came from the private lands. Moreover, for the past years, CARP acted as an instrument for the legal maneuver of the landlord class in acquiring larger portion of land legally-owned by the farmers. It fell short of its vision as pronounced by then President Corazon Aquino that the said land reform program will “reflect a true liberation of the Filipino from the clutches of landlordism”.

With CARPER, there’s no genuine land reform. Agrarian system became even more at a rheumatic stage with the intensification of feudal and semi-feudal system at the country-sides.

CARP implementation in the region is very slow with only about 80% accomplishment since 1972. Land distribution is also anomalous. Criminalization of agrarian cases is also extensive. Below are some of the cases in contest.

Leyte Sab-a Basin Area

1. Cancellation of CLOA from the 144 Farmer Beneficiaries of 429 hectares at the tri-boundary of Tacloban, San Miguel and Alang-lang due to erroneous recommendation of DENR. Farmers were driven out of their farmlands by Associate Justice Vicente Veloso and DAR was not able to defend the farmers. DAR promised to reinvestigate but investigation was biased. Dialogues transpired between the FBs and DAR, DAR always promises to investigate and revalidate the lands. But DAR always fails to meet the farmers’ demands in favor of Associate Justice Veloso. Now, DAR is in the process of awarding the lands to “actual tillers” (the goons of Justice Veloso because the original farmers have been driven out).

2. “Illegal entry” case filed against the farmer-beneficiaries of Brgy. San Agustin, Palo, Leyte who were only planning to “balik-uma” (re-cultivate/re-position) their land. Until now the legitimate CLOA holders are not in position of their lands.

Margarita Agro-Industrial Estate (MAIC) case at San Isidro, Leyte

Farmers won the case over 704 hectares vs MAIC in early 2000. 402 hectares were distributed to the FBs but until now they don’t have the CLOA yet. But the 302 hectares were not properly distributed to the FBs. Farm allotted to farmer leaders is very small (0.15 hectare) while others were not given.

List of beneficiaries from DAR is also dubious.

Lands being sold to “new owners” (businessmen and local politicians).
When asking for updates on their case, farmers are tossed over between DAR Province and MARO.

CALI Realty Corporation, Enriquez estate (Tacloban City)

Farmers developed the area and planted the 48.97 hectare-farmland with vegetables, root crops, rice/corn/coconut and banana.

City land use plan classified the land as Non-agricultural area even if there are actual land tillers. 5 hectares of the land were exempted from CARP even if the land is agri-productive. The land was put under the Eastern Visayas Regional Groth Center (EVRGC).

24 farmers were subjected to as illegal occupants of a light industrial area (EVRGC). Case is on going. Enriquez negotiated with the farmers to allot home lots instead of farm lots to the farmers but the FBs did not accept.

At present, farmers are not allowed in to farm and are being driven out. But the farmers resist ejectment and area facing collectively the case against them.

Carigara, Leyte

Some 50 farmers organized as a fisher folk cooperative were evicted from a fishpond foreclosed by DBP, of which these farmers became beneficiaries under CARP.

With CARP, land use conversion and crop conversion are also tolerated leaving lesser area planted to rice and vegetable for local food consumption.
Almost 30% of the total land area in the region is under mining application/operation. Farm lands and some irrigated at that are under mining operation such as in MacArthur, Leyte.

Farms planted to rice, corn, root crops and vegetables are getting smaller while export crops are becoming bigger. In 1985 before CARP, 43.26% are planted for export, it increased to 50.62% in 1994 and 60% to 2002 while only 25% are planted for rice and other food for consumption.

Jathropa, cassava, mango, jack fruit, dragon fruit, and pineapple are encouraged in Agrarian Reform Communities such as in ARCs of Borongan in Eastern Samar,

With CARP, support subsidy for agriculture and productivity is slightly felt or none at all. With CARP, life indeed is not fun.

It is in these insights that we, Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas (SAGUPA-SB), the broadest peasant alliance in the region together with our provincial chapters Northern Samar Small Farmers Association (NSSFA), Kahugpungan han mga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Samar (KAPASS), Kapunungan han mga Parag-uma ha Western Samar (KAPAWA) and Kapunuan han mga Parag-uma ha Leyte (KAGPAL) formally express our strong opposition to CARPER. As an alternative we support and strongly call for the enactment of GARB.

We advocate for the enactment of GARB because it will distribute all potential agricultural lands for free to deserving farmers/persons and will complete the distribution and implementation in just five years. Thus, it will break the decade-long problem on land monopoly from the landlords and foreign-agro-business corporations and will ensure that land re-concentration would not happen again. It will also provide for the comprehensive and all-out productivity support through the introduction of cooperative process of production.

We call for the scrapping of CARPER. We uphold and support for the enactment of GARB, HB 374 for the attainment of genuine land reform with the principles of land to the tillers, land for the landless, land for productivity and food security.

VISAYAS WIDE NGA PUBLIC CONSULTATION HA GARB SUSUPORTAHAN HAN MGA PARAG-UMA HA REHIYON-8

TACLOBAN CITY – Hul-os nga susuportahan han mga parag-uma ha bug-os nga rehiyon-8 ha pangunguna han Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB an pagbubuhaton nga visayas wide nga pam-publiko nga konsultasyon ha HB 374 o Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill o GARB buwas nga adlaw (Nov. 17, 2011) ha Calbayog Convention Center han Calbayog City, Western Samar.

“Panahon na nga tagan hin tinuod nga kasolbaran an pira na ka dekada nga problema ha tuna, ihatag hin libre ha mga parag-uma an maiha na nga ginkokontrol nga hagluag nga katunaan han mga agaron maytuna, ngan nakikita la namon ini ha GARB,” pahayag ni Nestor Lebico, Secretary General han SAGUPA-SB.

Pagmalatumat pa ni Lebico nga magkakamay-ada programa ha downtown erya han syudad han Calbayog ha aga buwas nga adlaw an mga parag-uma ha pamumuno han Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas o KMP ngan SAGUPA-SB antes magtikang an public hearing ha 1:00 han kulop.

Pagsaysay pa ni Lebico nga personal nga aatendiran ni Cong. Rafael Mariano han Anakpawis Partylist an public hearing kumo kaapi han Committee on Agrarian Reform han Kongreso nga nagpatawag han aktibidad ngan kumo prinsipal nga author han GARB.

“Nananawagan kami han mga parag-uma nga hingyap an tinuod nga reporma ha tuna agud makagawas na ha kakurian ngan kakablasan, ug sugad man han bug-os nga katawhan ha aton rehiyon labi na an mga Kongresman han aton rehiyon nga suportahan an pagsasabalaud han GARB ha Kongreso,” pagtatapos ni Lebico.###