MARSMAN ESTATE PLANTATION, ARBs REACH ‘WIN-WIN’ SOLUTION

The Marsman Estate Plantation, Inc. (MEPI) and its Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) have reached yet another milestone in their decades-long partnership following the signing of a new agribusiness venture agreement (AVA) that would provide workers in the MEPI banana farm a significantly improved package of land rental, salaries and benefits that remain the highest in the industry.  Both … Continue reading MARSMAN ESTATE PLANTATION, ARBs REACH ‘WIN-WIN’ SOLUTION

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Slow DAR action on land conversion hampering Davao investment climate

    Davao City officials said that slow action on application for conversion of agricultural lands by investors is affecting the business investment climate in the city.     The applications for conversion of more than five hectares, to be acted on by the DAR Manila office, take years to be approved.     The snail-paced action has put on hold many business projects in the city involving mostly real estate development and resorts in the outskirts of the city on lands classified as agricultural by DAR. The Davao City government requires the conversion permits before approving the projects and issue local permits. … Continue reading Slow DAR action on land conversion hampering Davao investment climate

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SUPREME COURT RULING upholds victory of Hacienda Luisita farmers

But farmers’ struggle not yet over  BAGUIO CITY – Voting 14-0, the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed its decision for the total distribution of the Hacienda Luisita, the estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, to the farmers. Also, the farmers erupted in cheers after the SC sustained its earlier position that the owners of the sprawling sugarcane estate will be compensated based on the 1989 market price. Voting 8-6, the justices said the Cojuangcos are entitled to compensation of P40,000 per hectare based on the valuation made last November 21, 1989, the date when the stock distribution … Continue reading SUPREME COURT RULING upholds victory of Hacienda Luisita farmers

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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

A Karlo fan     As a big fan of Davao City First District Congressman Karlo Nograles, I am frustrated that the son of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, also my idol, once, has taken the route of political suicide taken by his father. This after reading a news report about the young Nograles urging the national government to allow foreigners to engage in agricultural production in the country. Interpreted simply, this means that Karlo wants foreigners to own land in the country at the expense of the poor farmers. Before he bowed out of office, Speaker Nograles came short of … Continue reading LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte worried by loss of city agrilands

BY ROGER M. BALANZA Sara Duterte has urged the City Agriculture Office to coordinate with the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Agriculture to link arms in addressing farmers’ woes in wake of developmental aggression and massive conversion of farmlands. To protect     the city’s diminishing agrcultural lands, the Davao City Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee has called on local officials against indiscrimate conversion of agricultural lands. Nick Galope, chair of the agrarian committee in a recent public forum, said the conversion of agri-lands could place at risk the city’s food security. Galope said the conversion also would … Continue reading Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte worried by loss of city agrilands

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DAVAO DEL NORTE AGRARIAN REFORM BENEFICIARIES WIN BATTLE OVER 236-HECTARE CARPLAND VERSUS LAPANDAY FOODS

DAR, court order immediate installation of Madaum CARP beneficiaries A Davao City Regional Trial Court has lifted a permanent writ of injunction it earlier issued in Civil Case No. 33,537-2010, Lapanday Foods Corporation vs. Jerome Amulata, etal, paving the way for the final distribution of 236 hectares of CARP land to 296 beneficiaries in Madaum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. The order of RTC Judge Omelio dealt a final death blow to legal moves by Lapanday Foods Corporation to prevent the distribution of the land to the beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Land Reform Program (CARP). The Omelio order is the … Continue reading DAVAO DEL NORTE AGRARIAN REFORM BENEFICIARIES WIN BATTLE OVER 236-HECTARE CARPLAND VERSUS LAPANDAY FOODS

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Sumilao farmers now on their feet

BY ROGER M. BALANZA BUKIDNON – Sumilao farmers, who gained fame in 1997 in their bid to own a 147-hectare estate  in a 69-day walk from Bukidnon to Manila to bring their plight to the government are now a happy lot. The farmers had waged a protracted battle in asking government to place the land under the  Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) the estate owned by San Miguel Corporation. The Sumilao farmers began fighting for the land  in 1990. In 1995, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) awarded the estate to the farmers. DAR, however, revoked the award two years … Continue reading Sumilao farmers now on their feet

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