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Government promises to speed up land reform


Abigail Valte

Undersecretary Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Aquino administration officials promised farmers on Friday that the government would “hasten” land distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reform, a spokesperson for President Benigno Aquino said over state-run radio station dzRB on Saturday.

Abigail Valte said also that members of the Cabinet were to meet first with Aquino to discuss what steps may be taken to address the farmers’ concerns before a schedule  is worked out for a possible dialogue between the President and the farmers.

Aquino was on official visits to the Britain and United States when farmers marched from various part of the country and converged in Malacañang on Friday where they were met by government officials.

“That was also committed by our secretaries, that the pace of distribution will be hastened,” Valte said when asked if such a commitment was made.

“Our understanding is that report [by the officials to President Aquino] would come first to see further what we can extend to the farmers. That is something that needs to be scheduled also when the President comes back,” Valte said of the meeting the farmers want with the President.

The farmers have been reported as saying they’d stay put in Manila until they meet with Aquino.

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  • isidro c. valencia

    All these scenario are conceived by the Church. This is one way to avoid the issue of Corona where our Church should be in the forefront but decided to remain silent. For what reasons, we can only guess. 

    To regain trust from the people particularly the farmers, they have to raise the issue of land reform where farmers are stakeholders. Actually, land reform is part of the social agenda of the Aquino Administration. Inunahan lang at talagang tinaon sa pag alis ni P-Noy. 

    Why is it our Church did not participate in the deliberation of budget when land reform was being discussed?  Prior to the approval of budget, our good bishops should have made intensive studies of budget for land reform. 

    Or let us put it in another way. The Church since or before P-Noy pledge an allegiance to perform his duties as President of the Republic of the Philippines, the Church has distrusted  P-Noy abilities to govern. It started when P-Noy said he will study the pros and cons of RH Bill. The Church misconstrued it that P-Noy was pro RH Bill.

    Then, they intentionally remained silent during Corona trial, which also involved morality. The moral story here is the Church was lackadaisical.  

    Now that the Church perceived P-Noy is serious to solve our social, economic, and political problems, and the international communities are favoring P-Noy’s ways to solve them, and more foreign businessmen are giving priorities to Philippines, and our growth rate is going up, they tend to be more involved including those bishops who are patrons of PGMA and Corona.

    Anyway, let us give them chance to prove their worths not only on savings our soul, but also to uplift our economic well being. Let us work together and forget our shortcomings. To forgive is divine.

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