Pagkakaisa para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (PATRIA) Northern Mindanao Region

affirms its commitment to work and struggle for genuine land reform
 

Cagayan de Oro City

 

June 3, 2009

 

 

 
   
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Photos courtesy of Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
           
           

 

Statement of Unity
Pagkakaisa para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo
(PATRIA)
Northern Mindanao Region

We of PATRIA or Pagkakaisa para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (People’s Alliance for Genuine Agrarian Reform), organizations of peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolks and their advocates among legislators, church people, social activists, professionals and the academe affirm our commitment to work and struggle for genuine land reform in the country.

We underscore the fact that while the Philippines is rich in natural resources, including forty four per cent of thirty million hectares of land area consisting of productive agricultural land, the majority of our people are suffering from severe and unrelieved hunger and want.

The peasantry constitutes the biggest productive force (75 percent of the population) of
the Philippine economy. They, together with the fisher folk, produce the staple food of rice and fish for the vast majority of the population. It stands to reason that the farm lands tilled by the peasants and the fishing grounds of the fishers must be taken care of for the benefit of all the people who rely on them.

However, for more than 19 years of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), the monopoly in the ownership and control of land resources by big landlords, foreign and domestic agri-corporations and bureaucrat capitalists has not been shattered. Instead, feudal and semi-feudal exploitation and oppression have merely intensified.

The original target of 10.3 million hectares for land reform was reduced in 1995 to 8.3
million. Of the 12.6 million hectares estimated by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics as planted to traditional and export crops, roughly 8 million hectares are not even covered by CARL.

While the Arroyo government and other pseudo peasant groups claim of the benefits of CARP, the “total accomplishment report” of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) does not take into account the lands wherein Certificates of Land Transfer (CLT), Emancipation Patents (EP) and Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) – documents showing the peasants’ legal right to eventually own the land they till – have been taken back using a variety of reasons such as the case of the members of the Gingoog City United Farmers Association (GCUFA) in Gingoog City and 14 CARP Beneficiary Certificate (CBC) holders in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

GCUFA members who were earlier given CLOAs are now landless after their CLOAs were cancelled on the basis of the exemption clause of the law. In Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, Numenario Neri wants to take back his 42 hectare land which is now being cultivated by 14 CBC holders in exchange of a measly P50,000 each. These are only two of the several cases happening in the region.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares have been exempted from reform because of land use conversion such as for “tourism zones”, retention limits to landlords and their children, arrangements alternative to the physical distribution of lands such as production or profit sharing, labor administration and the distribution of shares of stock and other provisions of the CARL all favor the big landlords and agricorporations.

We, further decry that landlord violence against peasants, especially those who assert their economic and political rights, is reinforced by the heavy-handed repression carried out by the armed forces of the state, paramilitary groups and private goons such as the cases of harassments of victims of CARP in Central Mindanao University and Gingoog City.

Here in the region, peasant leaders namely Dalmacio “Daki” Gandinao, Siche Gandinao and Nestor Ladica, all of Salay Misamis Oriental and leaders of Misamis Oriental Farmers Association and Candelario Ayuda of Valencia, Bukidnon have already been victims of extrajudicial killings.

Thus, we are strongly calling for the immediate rejection of the CARL, more so its proposed extension by the Arroyo regime past 2009. Our battle cry is to bring the call for genuine agrarian reform onto the national agenda, as both the correct way to modernize agriculture, develop the rural and national economy, and most importantly, uplift the economic and socio-cultural conditions of more than two-thirds of the population through the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) or House Bill 3059.

While we have no illusions that such a bill would be passed in a landlord-dominated Congress, we believe that through the strength of the peasants and people in their struggle to end feudal exploitation and the monopoly in the ownership of land by a few and in the struggle for genuine land reform geared towards national industrialization can the society realize their economic and democratic aspirations and social justice.

SCRAP THE CARPer!

SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THE GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM BILL OR HB 3059!

NO TO CHARTER CHANGE!

JUSTICE TO ALL FARMERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS!

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KILUSANG MAGBUBUKID NG PILIPINAS (KMP) NORTHERN MINDANAO

RURAL MISSIONARIES OF THE PHILIPPINES (RMP) NORTHERN MINDANAO SUB-REGION

MISAMIS ORIENTAL FARMERS ASSOCIATION (MOFA)

KAHUGPUNGAN SA MGA MAG-UUMA SA BUKIDNON (KASAMA-BUKIDNON)

UNYON SA MGA MAG-UUMA SA AGUSAN DEL NORTE (UMAN)

NAGKAHIUSANG MGA MAG-UUMA SA AGUSAN DEL SUR (NAMASUR)

KAHUGPUNGAN SA MGA MAG-UUMA SA LANAO (KAMAS- LANAO)

KALUMBAY LUMAD ORGANIZATION

AMIHAN- NORTHERN MINDANAO

PAMALAKAYA MISAMIS ORIENTAL

ORGANISASYON SA MGA YANONG OBRERONG NAGKAHIUSA (OGYON)

PROMOTION OF CHURCH PEOPLE’S RESPONSE (PCPR) NORTHERN MINDANAO

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
Postal Address:
Gonzales Res., Purok Lourdes, Tubod
9200 Iligan City, Philippines
Tel. No.: (063) 221-7807
Email: rmp_nmr@yahoo.com.ph

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