He wanted land for farmers but got Muntinlupa instead




(Second of a series)

It hasn’t been easy for peasant leader Jaime Tadeo.

Tadeo remembers with a wry smile that he once asked then President Corazon Aquino for land for the farmers, but got himself instead a cell in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, which means tiny land in Filipino.

There, the man popularly known as Ka Jimmy, spent three years and three months on what he says were trumped-up charges of swindling in connection with a P200,000 rice inventory shortfall in a farmers’ cooperative he had taken over after its manager was shot dead during the martial law regime.

First brought against him by the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, the case was revived by the first Aquino administration after he led a peasant march in 1987 on the Palace to press his demands for the breakup of landed estates.

The protest turned violent. Thirteen farmers were killed,  gunned down by Marines, during the event now infamously called the “Mendiola Massacre.”

The following year, Corazon Aquino  enacted the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Implementation has been slow. The program was extended several times, the last for five years in 2009. It is now known as CARP extension with reforms, or Carper.

The years have mellowed Tadeo, who told the troops standing on his way at Mendiola  to “stand aside or blood will flow.” At the age of 74, he has assumed a Gandhian serenity as he talks about a life devoted to “liberating” farmers from feudal estates.

He remains as frustrated in his campaign today, under the second Aquino administration, as he was before.

“The President does not have a libido for agrarian reform,”  Tadeo said, echoing concerns by farmer groups and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines  that the Aquino administration has been “consistently underperforming” in implementing the program.

In 18 months, the program will end with nearly 1 million hectares still to be covered.

Tadeo shrugs off a promise by President Aquino in an unprecedented meeting on

June 14 with peasants and bishops at the Palace, where he promised to implement  the land-to-the-tiller program before it expires in 2014.

“The backlog is so huge, it cannot be done. Will Congress agree to respect a notice of coverage that will take effect after the expiration of the program?” he asked.

Out to torpedo program

As Carper hits the homestretch, landowners are attempting to torpedo the program, said Tadeo, a farmer representative for northern Luzon in the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC).

“It’s not moving because the landlords are a step ahead of the implementors. They are giving bribes so that claim folders to their lands are not touched,” he said.

“Corruption has worsened,” he says, claiming that some Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) personnel, particularly those in the field, are using the homestretch in the CARP program “to enrich themselves.”

“If the DAR people are landlord- and not peasant-oriented, the program will collapse,” Tadeo said in an interview in the PARC office at the DAR building in Quezon City, occasionally stroking his hair and beard, which have turned white, or his steel-rimmed glasses.

“Paralysis” has hit the DAR as Mr. Aquino prepares to dismantle the department in preparation for the expiration of the Carper law, he said.

“It’s now about self-preservation. People are now talking about retrenchments and retirements,” he said.

DAR workers fear antagonizing landowners. Harassment in court could deprive them of their retirement benefits.

That is why Dorita Vargas, 63, hasn’t yet gotten the title to the land she is claiming from the 127-hectare Hacienda Cantikbil Manalo in Negros Occidental, in spite of the personal promise she received from the President during a meeting in Malacañang six months ago.

Cantikbil Manalo has been “chopped up” into nine parcels to evade CARP. Because titles to all but one parcel of 10 ha exists for distribution to some 50 agrarian reform beneficiaries, Vargas will probably get a teeny-weeny bit of a joke, according to her pro-bono lawyers.

“That’s agrarian justice, Negros-style,” said lawyer Christian Monsod.

Vargas has joined a protest in Manila to pursue her claim of

3 ha, according to her original reckoning.

Edna P. Sobrecaray, 42, echoes laments in the land redistribution process. She is a community organizer of Task Force Mapalad, a Church-backed rural development movement, who has worked with farmers seeking the subdivision of 37 sugar haciendas on Negros island.

She says meetings called by the DAR were often aborted for various reasons—the absence of key officials, lack of staff or funding, or incomplete documentation.

“When the owners identify the workers demanding land, these people are threatened, harassed and ultimately fired. CARP gave them hope, it became their Calvary. But the farmers persist. They know it will lead to their liberation from oppression,” she said.

‘Zero budget’

Tadeo’s major concern is the threat of a “zero budget” for the program upon the expiration of the Carper law, one of five options being considered when the DAR’s activities are farmed out to other departments—justice, agriculture and  environment and natural resources.

“It should have been very appropriate that the program started by his mother would be completed by the son,” said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

“But he is not rising to the occasion. I don’t know if he is trying to protect the family, or probably there are strong forces within his administration opposed to the program. Many of them are landlords. There are also some deals done with the big families,” Pabillo said.

“It could be that he does not know the situation of the poor. He has always been with the rich, he’s always been landed. He doesn’t know how important this is.”

The President’s family owns Hacienda Luisita, which is now up for distribution to tillers on Supreme Court orders.

Evidence of the administration’s lack of enthusiasm for CARP is in the budget allocation.  This year, the DAR asked for a P30-billion allotment, called under the five-year Carper program with a mandated total budget of P150 billion. It got only P18 billion. An additional request for P4.9 billion for credits and technical support for farmer beneficiaries was rejected.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad told Inquirer editors during a recent visit that the fund was channeled to the construction of farm-to-market roads, and to the administration’s flagship program, the conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme to get mothers to go to clinics for medical treatment and children in schools.

The CCT budget was doubled this year to almost P40 billion. Critics say that while the program is needed by the impoverished, it is not a vehicle for social amelioration.

Mired in debt

“Farming is a business. You need capital to make the land efficient and competitive,” said Tadeo, himself a rice farmer using organic fertilizers, his new advocacy.

“Our farmers have always been mired in debt,” he said. “That is why we have never attained self-sufficiency in rice. It hasn’t been planted yet, the grain is already gone.”

Rice farmers in his native Bulacan were the first beneficiaries of the Marcos land reform program, he recalled. They failed to become cultivators because they did not have the resources to plant rice on their own and feed themselves while waiting for the harvest.

“The farmers have been wiped out,” Tadeo said, noting the tragic results at Barangay Culianin in his Plaridel, Bulacan, home. “They have become nothing more than farm hands, working for 10 percent of the rice yields. That’s why I am very sad.”

A study conducted by the German technical cooperation agency GTZ says that agrarian reform over the past three decades has failed to increase agricultural productivity, reduce rural poverty and spur landlord investment in  industry development in the countryside.

The 272-page study says that the DAR has concentrated on land redistribution without support services to the beneficiaries who were later forced to mortgage their land, and eventually sell them because they could not cover the amortization.

Wasted opportunity

Tadeo said Cory Aquino had the opportunity to fully implement agrarian reform after she was swept to power in the Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986 and subsequently declared a revolutionary government.

Land redistribution programs succeeded only under authoritarian regimes, Tadeo said, pointing to experiences in Japan, prostrate after World War II and under  an American shogun, and in South Korea and Taiwan.

That was why he led a march on Malacañang in January 1987, to press Cory Aquino to use her draconian powers to decree land redistribution. He feared the program would be emasculated in a landlord-dominated congress.

A scene out of Spoliarium

That day is etched in his memory.

“It was very quiet when we reached Mendiola,” Tadeo said. Arms linked with fellow marchers, he recalled approaching Col. Edgar dula Torre, head of the riot police contingent, on Mendiola Bridge to negotiate permission to hold a rally near the Palace gate.

A pill box bomb exploded.

“All of a sudden, gunfire erupted,” he said. He thought the firing came from the Marines.

“At first they were firing in the air. Then they started pointing their guns at the people. We hit the ground. I could see people falling on the ground. It was a scene out of Spoliarium,” Tadeo said, referring to Juan Luna’s prize-winning work depicting fallen gladiators being dragged out of a bloody arena.

I could still smell the whiff of cordite in the air on Mendiola at the time, the first bloody demonstration in the post-Marcos era that I covered as a United Press International reporter.

Cory  Aquino, however, fought the peasant pressure and instead tossed the issue to Congress. The result was a watered-down version of CARP, with loopholes that allowed big landed estates to hold on to their estates to this day.

In 1989, her family’s Hacienda Luisita was first to take advantage of the exception to outright land distribution by hammering out instead a scheme that purportedly made the farmers stockholders in the estate.


Incentive for incarceration

Tadeo attempted to launch a campaign inside the plantation for the repudiation of the scheme. That was an added incentive for his eventual incarceration, he claims.

The late nationalist Jose W. Diokno defended Tadeo, but he  died of cancer by the time a final decision on his case was handed down and Tadeo went straight to Muntinlupa.

Tadeo is nostalgic about his jail experience. “Muntinlupa was a microcosm of Philippine society,” he said. “It is a lake within a lake, like Taal Lake. A prison within a prison. Those who are in jail are the poor.”

The experience also steeled him for the battles ahead. “A warrior becomes stronger after being in prison because he is among the poor and feels their suffering,” he said.

He recalled a conversation with Fr. Joaquin Bernas who, like him, was a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted Cory Aquino’s Constitution in 1987, both ardent social justice advocates.

“Why do you seek genuine land reform in a society ruled by landowners? It is like reaching for the moon.  It will never happen,” he quoted Bernas as telling him.

Up to now, he said, a quarter century later,  the promise of freedom from bondage to the soil remains unfulfilled.

(Next: There’s life after Hacienda Luisita)

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  • $20926843

    “The President does not have libido for agrarian reform”, an apt description for the present inconsequential president in malacanang.  When he was a child, his martyred senator father thought of referring him to a child psychologist in America because he noticed that the child has no inner drive or in other words, libido.  It was the fault of the many voters in the country for electing this inutile and autistic child to the presidency, and now everybody suffers…..

    • jurbinsky77

      Your post is disgusting. Do you really know what “libido”means? You must be a sex-starved adult that spends the day with imagining things.

      You label your President autistic, again, you don’t know what autism means.

      Can you participate in a serious discussion without resorting to nastiness? Being nasty does not qualify you to even provide an assesmment of the article, you just veered to attacking the very person of an elected President. Provide an evidence to your allegation.
      If I have taken a psychological exam, does that mean that I am a nut case? I have taken so many in the past, and you know what, those exams were given after I have aced my IQ and general information exams.

      The bottom line is that your post is indeed INAPPROPRIATE.

      • noyab


      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NE4QYZRLABSMX5MKQHCVVTSAO4 taxj

         Sino ang babaeng aayaw sa isang mayamang binata? Siya ang hindi magkagusto sa babae. Walang libido. At, hindi siya magkakaasawa. Hindi papayagan ni Kris.

      • Adam_d_langgam

         wheww  … crowing about your accomplishments?  what a dork. so what if you aced your iq and gen info exams?  you might be “smart” but you are poorly educated. 

        hey dork, how do you define libido and autism?  and how do you describe a person who is a follower and ass-licker of a retard?

    • markotres

      Inutile??Who says everybody  suffers under his presidency.???You must be driven by your too much libido…Maniakis…Do you know how satisfied the Filipinos are under his helm??. I believe your just one of the kind of Marcos or Gloria´s follower…Maniakis….

      • noyab


    • AlexanderAmproz

      Autistic is known for cleverness 

      He is a President on the middle of a Tigers cage,
      every small movement has to be done carefully
      if he can bring this country forward without to be killed 
      it’s a big accomplishment.
      His father already paid the price.

      Did you want a macho boxer, or a drunk B movie actor, may be a Berdugo
      or a violent Kleptocrat. 

      What a strange country dominated by the violences fear instead of respect by dignity.

      Hopefully he will succeed the transition from an awful Plutocracy into a Democracy,
      by a courageous man devoted to his country goods

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      parekoy, maraming nalilibugan kay President. maraming magagalit sa sinasabi mo. wag mo naman basagin ang imahen ni President.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Everybody needs land, how come only few are given free lands and the rest have to work and save to be able to buy it.? And worst, some people have to fight and die for it. Some countries provide land to their citizens when they reach a certain age.

  • boybakal

    Why distribute land to those lucky few?
    We have so many poor families do backbreaking job but they don’t ask for anything.
    We have jeepney drivers plying 24/7 for boundary and food for families, they don’t ask for a part of the jeeps they are driving;
    We have fishermen always in the sea but don’t ask for piece of the oceans;
    We have porters or kargadors but don’t ask for piece of the ship and pantalan.
    We have Mangyans, Aetas whose land were grabbed but don’t ask for return.

    Whereas these farmers who work and rest after planting, as if they are the most deprived working class.
    Enough of this Land Reform…land should be bought and not given away for those selected few.

    • noyab


      • boybakal

        Bakit ako naging malupit, magpaliwanag ka at mag isip at di name calling.
        Gamitin mo ang utak mong tulog, Hudas.

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      Agree. Sobrang agree ako.

      Poor families should not for ask for anything. They should work for free.
      PUJ drivers should drive for free. No more jeepney fares, no more fare hikes.
      Fishermen should sell their catch for free. No more fish mongerers.
      Porters should lend their muscle for free. No more tips.
      Mangyans should vacate their ancestral domain. No more Mangyans.
      Big landowners should own land as freely as they want, para masaya.

      If farmers die, then we solve the problem of farmers asking for land. boybakal has one of the best solutions mankind has never thought of. Let’s leave the rest of the world to those who own the land.

      Mabuhay si boybakal! Mabuhay ang ipinaglalaban ni boybakal!

  • pulis

    Pare pareho kayong mga anak ng Jueteng..Ngayon nagsisihan kayo samantalang niluluto lang kayo sa sarili nyong mantika..Magmula pa noon puro na kayo mga mistake.Sa sunod na election muli nyong ibuto ang mga elite na yan..Whoaaa!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TNJBE7LNQLM2Y7QFWATSIKSJUQ ROUEL

    Good manifestation Mr. Boybakal….

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What went before ?

    After 300 Years of Rapist Masters, finally the Churches owned every things.The US bought the country from the Spanish for 20 millions dollars, peoples included.
    Request the Church to sell most of what they had stollen.
    The Clergy sold it to relatives for a song, a new Feudal era with moderne tools was borne. 
    Those relatives became US partners to protect their stollen interests.

    Freedom lover and Patriots resisting where exterminated, the country was “liberated” of 
    about 40% of the population on a Far-West colonial style, 
    eventually by the very same soldiers and Hero.
    Every things don’t look Colonial Heritage and Culture was definitely erased by fire,
    on purpose to burned the roots for masses control and slavery, enjoying fake text books and Clergy and, 
    the Shabu new, up to date trick also with an  endemic starvation, 
    very difficult to know how to survive, how to think, how to learn.
    The very few succeeding to cross the needle eye and getting qualified, have two choices,
    Slave at home or abroad… diba ?

    Do the Grand Children’s can claim their exterminated Gand Father’s inheritance ?

    Ask the Clergy, they should have the archives, in case they don’t know the answer, 
    the Pope should be able to guide them on the honesty road.

    The country has to be own by the original owners, the Natives, the Pinoy’s, the Filipino’s.
    After those problems solved, foreigners should be allowed to buy for economic, 
    residential use and development with some size restrictions.

    This is what was done all-around without any fighting and chain saw killings,
    not only condoms and divorce are a backwardness mirror.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, With a special attention for the suffering and abandoned to a sad, manmade horrible destiny to produce few arrogant filthy rich, thank’s atrocities.

  • ???

    I admire the way Mr. Tadeo frames the problem. The farmers are not only up against DAR or the president. They are up against a national attitude that continues to accept the way things are. Changing the Filipino mind will take decades if not centuries. After all, it took Filipinos centuries before they realized that being under Spanish colonial rule was not exactly a nice idea. The Suez Canal may have cut down travel time, lowered travel cost and allowed ideas of nationalism and independence to reach the Philippines. But many Filipinos were also against those ideas which were considered subversive in those days. Not all illustrados were supportive of revolting against Spain. Not all Filipinos agreed with Jose Rizal’s criticisms of the church or society in general.

    Today, not all Filipinos agree that land reform is important. Not all Filipinos agree that a select few owning vast majority of the country’s wealth is not good for everyone. It may take a considerable amount of time before the Filipino mind changes. Hence, the social volcano is soundly dormant. Landowning politicians continue to be elected to power, who then protect their own landowning interests. The better educated Filipinos who are neither moneyed nor powerful now have a greater chance to emigrate for a better future and need not put up with the system. Due to this brain drain, social reforms becomes even less likely. In the end, the farmers have a better chance of seeking greener pasture abroad than getting their own piece of land at home.  

    • AlexanderAmproz

      A country stepping on the head with the brain abroad is convenient for a backward Plutocratic Feudalism, it will protect stolen asset’s and live the blood suckers in peace.

  • manuelcdiaz

    This land reform is an idiotic legislation pure and simple demagoguery  Fragmenting once productive land to small marginal plots and we complain we cannot attain self sufficiency in rice, corn and sugar. This land reform idiocy destroyed the middle class farmers.The corrupt Philippine government should audit the performance of the land reform recipient and if found  wanting this land reform lunacy should be stopped.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NE4QYZRLABSMX5MKQHCVVTSAO4 taxj

       Good comment. No need for audit though. Just plain common sense… Recipients are doomed to a life of poverty and indebtedness. Small scale rice farming is a losing venture. Their only way out is to sell their rights – as many do. Watch this scenario unfold at Hacienda Luisita. Agrarian Reform Beneficiary? Yes. Only if he sells out.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      You are speaking like some Bishop after “Hello Garci”

      “Any way every body is stealing and lying”
      A laps in judgment, was the Arroyo answer.

      In any decent country it’s an instant dismissal, harakiri by the Japanese’s,
      laughing along the way to the bank to prepare envelopes, is the Philippines.

      But today after so many damages done, finally jailed.
      G. W. Bush, her good friend, didn’t show up for visit,
      maybe the Cebu Garcia’s will do.

      Now its time to evolute and change this Middle Age Conquistador indecent Plutocracy, with a highly morbid attitude.
      Even a rich country will be driven poor with a such dishonesty

      Should find a way for everybody to have access to a decent life, put an end with this hypocrisy favoring the filthy rich detrimental to the dying poorest, spoiled and abused by this colonial system, it’s killing Children’s and millions others abandoned.
      Its insane to say all the time, we are the best and most moral catholic country

      The country can’t go forward without Justice for all.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NE4QYZRLABSMX5MKQHCVVTSAO4 taxj

        Please be more specific. Have you ever known a so-called ARB? How has his life changed after he became so? I have yet to so one who has prospered by tilling the land given to him. But I have seen so many who were better off before the Agrarian Reform Law. Then, he didn’t have to bother about where to get his farm inputs. Now, he has to get debts which he can’t pay from his harvest because it’s not even enough to recover his expenses. How much do you think one earns from rice farming, if any?

      • AlexanderAmproz

        What result are you expecting with fake text books.

        Ask IRI in Los Banos for new rice technology,
        the harvest can increase from 3 Tons/hectare to 12,
        without any investment, only learning an other way to plant rice
        without any chemical or special irrigations

      • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

        Kung talaga ang government ay para sa kaunlaran develop nyo ang strong point…Philippines is an agricultural country not industrial at this time… so for progressive Philippines if and only if that is the priority to make this Country revive the once upon a time glorious  Nation prior to martial law!Send the poor people to the countryside instead of this useless “CCT budget”! “Don’t give a man a fish teach him how to fish” to make him self sufficient & later on progressive!
        Make use of the assistance of the mighty Phil. Military Force, bring machineries, tools, manpower, develop access road, water supply, homes for the poor people, teach them farming, provide materials, start the interfarming method use “NFA budget”, “CCT budget”, “RH  budget” “DAR budget”, “DILG budget” , “DPWH budget”, etc, etc….I feel in a couple years exporter na Pilipinas ng rice, domesticated fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, etc. Solve na squatters, congestion, traffic, crimes, beggars, street children problems sa Metro Manila.

      • manuelcdiaz

        who are you the three musketeers since when did justice is for all in Islas de ladrones? Justice is only for the rich

      • AlexanderAmproz

        I know some old Christian countries where farmers own the land at least since Magellan time, even before.
        The farms have a small size, between 3 hectares to 20 as an  average, 8 or 9 harvests over TEN years, Mindanao need only TWO years to have the same result with a fantastic PROLIFERATING poverty.Believe it or not, but in the most honest countries, the lest corrupts, the traditional farmers kid’s enjoying the best universities, even becoming time to time scholars. Those farmers enjoying a good meddle class life, easy for them to buy a second hand Porsche for the kids. Most of those farmers have a SUV for daily use and a Mercedes for the week end ! This is the differences between the Old Democracy some Parliamentary Monarchy and an unfair  repulsing Colonial Plutocracy based on a Feudal rapists concept for slavery, driven by the Clergy for their own profits. A shameful fishy system, but shame don’t exist in this special up side down Paradise, it’s a normal way of life with killings.Its say a lot not only about the farm equipments, but how backward and wild the Philippines are, still a long way of sufferances to go.
        Nationalism, discriminations and racism on fashion has to be taken as an ad nauseam tragedy, specially for the Natives and the poorest.

        No way to go forward without to solve those stollen lands questions, no development possible without fairness.

        To stand on their own foot is the only Pinoy’s solution.

        remember Jesus message, not Liturgy !

        God is Love, God forgive, don’t kill, share, protect the poor and the weakest, what is mine is yours !

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      Agree. In fact super agree. Sobrang agree.

      Land Reform = Idiotic Legislation = Simple Demagoguery

      Procy Alcala should learn from manuelcdiaz. Manuel has the secret formula for boosting agricultural productivity as he has shown above.

      • manuelcdiaz

        The solution to our agricultural productivity was right there infront of the noses of the SOBs in the corrupt congress, COOPERATIVES.If you want to observe a viable functioning cooperatives go to Bukidnon Mindanao. when the corrupt Philippine  government under “St. Cory Aquino” sequestered the Menzi plantation the workers organized themselves into a cooperative and took over the management of the plantation.The plantation remained intact it was not fragmented and the workers preserved the earning capacity of the plantation.

      • jurbinsky77

        Gen Hans Menzi owned the large fruit plantation in MIndanao. Marcos forced the old man to bequeath the property to Menzi’s godson. Gen Menzi was so heartbroken and faded into ignominy.

        It is not President Aquino who sequestered the land. It so happened that the PCGG unearthed one of marcos’ evil deeds. If the government’s design is as evil as marcos’, then there woud be no cooperative that would exist nurturing that citrus plantation.

  • nti_boohaya

    I am not generalizing but I happen to personally know people who benefited from land reforms during Marcos years only to be back as farm hands. They got the lands but were not savvy enough to manage them.  Most sold the lands to send their kids offshore.  And now the lands are back to the new  “retired and filthy rich” who coincidentally, are all graduates from a school up in the mountains.   There must be government-sponsored programs for small farmers much like the kibbutz of Israel or cooperatives.  As it is now, a DA rep at the municipal level only looks out for ways to market certain brands of fertilizers while pocketing funds and not educating the farmers

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      Ser, bakit naman you don’t want to generalize. If we don’t generalize, mahirap tukuyin ang problema.

      Let’s generalize. “Most sold the lands to send their kids offshore”.

      San ang offshore? Scarborough? Babubyan? Pulilio?

  • agaylaya

    The present land reform system is based mainly on the idea that land is the single most important factor in agricultural production. Add to this notion socio political values associated with land ownership (land ownership brings status, security, social justice, feelings of independence and power) and you have a system which is full of esoteric promises but little chance in bringing tangible economic benefits to the farmer.  Farming requires a lot of managerial and technical skills which the average farmer  is simply incapable of. You need to know about marketing, financing, agricultural technology, human resource management and on top of these; you should have the attitude of an entrepreneur.

    Rather than simply implement “land reform”, we should be implementing “farming reform”. 

    Our brand of  misguided “Land  reform” also paved the way for the emergence of demagogues like Tadeo.

    • boybakal


      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        agree…….. i agree 2x

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      I agree. Sobra.

      Land is no longer the most important asset in today’s service economy. It is the brain. Let us send everyone to the city and abroad to build a stronger service economy.

      Land Reform vs Farming Reform ==> if only our country can have more people like agaylaya who is so smart, gagaling ang bansa natin. In one sentence, nalutas ni agaylaya ang problema natin. By just employing semantics.

      Galing! Let’s have more people like agaylaya.

  • randyaltarejos

    If the poor farmers are not capable of further developing the land awarded to them by the government through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), who should be faulted for this failure? When a poor farmer comes into the picture, do we look at him as someone who is uneducated and moron? In which case, this poor farmer, who is espousing for real “land reform” is being used by influential people as dummies to advance their personal interests in agriculture? Poor farmers, indeed! I strongly believed that after awarding these lands to the peasants, who had been tilling the lands for so many years, a program on sustainable agriculture follows to probably make the CARP successful in its essence. From what I understand from my reading, it seems the CARP has been limited to land distribution only, thus leaving the farmers to decide as to what to do with the lands awarded to them by the DAR.

    • malek_abdul

      Simple lang ang ibig sabihin nito: ang magsasaka na tinatawag na tiller ay hindi handang magkaroon ng sariling lupa. Hindi niya kayang pagyamanin ang sariling lupang kanyang natanggap. He still has that mindset as an ordinary tiller na namomorsyento mula sa kapitalista. The CARP and DAR should educate the would be land owner and loan him money to finance the expenses on his farm.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The owners who didn’t do the reforms by themselves, 
      supporting the farmers new situation with wise advices, should be jailed, 
      considering the morally unacceptable hugh profit done to amass and stash dollars on their account abroad, 
      scheduled for the day after, coming sooner or later, a rubbish killer thief attitude used to walk over dead body like the Ampatuans, an Ate Glue system main pillar.

  • boybakal

    Hacienda is on old colonial term for Land Ownership.
    A large estate especially in a Spanish-speaking country : plantation.
     In our country it connotes bondage to the Land Owner, tenant and Landlord.

    Spaniards have long gone but we still use the word Hacienda.
    We think that we are still slaves to the soil, we are not, we are emancipated long time ago.
    Land Owners  should now change that land ownership from Hacienda to Farm or Agri Corporation.
    More modern, up to date and more appealing to farm workers.
    In this way, the braceros or farm hand will not be called tillers of the soil but working in a corporation.

    Let’s erase the vestige of colonialism, let these farm hands be called incorporators of the soil, they are now stockholders of the land.

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      I agree. Sobra.

      Ban the use of the word “hacienda” in this country.
      Ban the study of history so we can stop comparing ourselves to our past.

      If we stop reminding ourselves that we were once slaves and imagine haciendas never existed, we will become a more progressive nation. Forgetting is the key to progress.

      This is the best Christmas gift we can give ourselves as a country, as a people, as a culture.

      Galing boybakal!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

    you seek genuine land reform in a society ruled by landownwers because it is there where it can be found. land reform would not have been sought if the society is not ruled by landowners.

  • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

    “The CCT budget was doubled this year to almost P40 billion. Critics say that while the program is needed by the impoverished, it is not a vehicle for social amelioration.”

    Add the budget for “RH Bill” …huge budget, enough to start the development of idle vacant lots to convert to farm lots, lots of lots of undevelop farm lands, idle land, barren..ang taba ng lupa ng Pilipinas itusok mo kahit lapis magkakadahon??? Look around in Marikina City mga poste ng ilaw may dahon?
    Kung talaga ang government ay para sa kaunlaran develop nyo ang strong point…Philippines is an agricultural country not industrial at this time… so for progressive Philippines if and only if that is the priority to make this Country revive the once upon a time glorious  Nation prior to martial law!

    Send the poor people to the countryside instead of this useless “CCT budget”! “Don’t give a man a fish teach him how to fish” to make him self sufficient & later on progressive!

    Make use of the assistance of the mighty Phil. Military Force, bring machineries, tools, manpower, develop access road, water supply, homes for the poor people, teach them farming, provide materials, start the interfarming method use “NFA budget”, “CCT budget”, “RH  budget” “DAR budget”, “DILG budget” , “DPWH budget”, etc, etc….I feel in a couple years exporter na Pilipinas ng rice, domesticated fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, etc. Solve na squatters, congestion, traffic, crimes, beggars, street children problems sa Metro Manila.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Have you been in the remotest places with twelve starving kids per family, among the World highest mortality rates ?
      After harvests fueling Private’s airplanes and helicopters, no money left, only roots left as farmers food, on their own stolen lands by wars Lord’s, lucky to be still alive !

      To hide poverty isn’t a solution.
      Imelda already did it by building walls around the Manila slums,
      such a shameful action shocked the world,
      while rejoicing the elites criminalistics consciences !

      • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

        Better in the farm lots than in Metro Manila nothing is abundant only hunger awaits the already poor people. That’s why ‘RH’  or ‘CCT’ for the pooerest is not the solution. The Government shall be the employer thus create jobs and the employees are the poor people without work. The Military shall assist in the developement using its manpower together with the people and develop the barren lots. When they start their harvest the Military by establishing camps nearby shall for meantime guard against NPA attack who may take advantage of the harvest until they (people) becomes self sufficient, established their livelihood and established the community of well develop farm lands with the desired income for local and in the near future for export. There is no war lords because the government is the employer(s), owners of the cultivated land that maybe transfered to the farmers through DAR programs granting that the corrupt practices has been eradicated to minimum if not practically stopped.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        First should bring hope in the country side, healths care and schools.
        The day a good and honest life is possible, it will works, but world wide country side peoples going relentless to the cities, sam as with divorce, the only country going against the stream.
        Why you don’t go yourself to the countryside ?
        Fresh air, nice view, wonderful Ampatuan’s chains saw, no access to knowledges, no access to health care, jobs without pay, etc.
        A God restaurants don’t need any advertise, customers doing it, why isn’t the same with the countryside life…

        About the NPA in the countryside, 
        they are coming from the farmers ranks tired to suffer permanent abuses from the AFP, a wide range of speciality, rapes, tortures, killings, land grabbings, cattle and chicken’s thief’s, shooting at them for fun, etc., with a permanent impunity.
        Used to know peaceful places, maybe to peaceful for some hidden interest. The AFP where send to occupy the place, few months later NPA, army presence and budget becoming a necessity…

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Reading all those post show a wide ignorance and backwardness spirit drowning the Archipelago. 

    Urgent to remove the fake text books and the fake Clergy !

    Remove some smelly fishy spirits from colonial origins, they are disgusting !

    Killing and raping only few is a court problem, it cost a lot for white washing.

    Killing more than thousands becoming a government reward with high official position
    as Ace Durano got, thank’s his family mass murders for land grabbing.
    A nice Tourism secretary to ad for the country true color and government,
    surprisingly it doesn’t works, where do the problem lies with the tourism industry ?

    A criminal Government will only attract criminals.

    Lets hope growing with a respectable P-Noy, the only honest one since ever !

  • drewkaingiro

    AGREE wd u Ragdeleafar on all points

  • drewkaingiro

    agree 100% wd Ragdeleafar.we are an agricultural country and yet we still import many of our farm products. they blamed it to typhoons visiting us but in reality, the lack of support from the government is the cause.To name one,, we dont have good irrigation systems in our farms. we only have water in our irrigation facilities during rainy seasons. what a shame for an agricultural country like us to have a very poor service from the government like that.

  • boybakal

    We don’t need Land Reform, we need Human Reform.
    Land cannot be changed, they are land no matter what. But humans are humans, they can be reformed.
    The notion that land will set you free is wrong.
    Land is not productive anymore, land is not useful anymore. Land is not what used to be, they are already exhausted and all the nutrients are not enough to sustain production.

    Even China the largest peasants country is abandoning its farm holdings.
    The new generation farmers are moving to the city for easy money thru labor factories.
    They don’t to till the soil as agri products is cheap compared to no quality merchandise.

    We need Agri Corporation. A farm corporation that can mass produce and not a tingi tingi production to supply the hunger of filipinos.
    Filipinos should diversify, instead of farming go to technical or vocational.
    Pampanga which was the hotbed of militant activists for land reform is gone.
    They abandoned land reform instead use their skill in other industries.
    Pampanga is now the province of kabaong makers, tocino langgonisa, and parol exporters.

    In short, we don’t need Land Reform, we need Human Reform….let our brain work for new ideans and innovations.
    Only damulag is fit for land reform….they work in the field without complain.

    • zeroko

      He he he. Land Reform is very much needed. What we should do is throw all Chinese and Filipino-Chinese back to their country, either China or Taiwan. We do not need them here. They are responsible why our country has never improve. What our Filipino-Chinese in the government hes done nothing except LIP SERVICE

      They will cheat, they will lie, and they steal. Corruption is in the blood of the Chinese. Now, what is the relation of our land and Chinese? They practically bought all the agricultural lands in the Philippines, if not as individual, then as a corporation. 

      This is the only country wherein the leaders in the government belongs to another race. Call them Filipinos, but their blood  is yellow not red. He he he JOke lang.

  • Don Dee

    Konting clarification; ESTAFA ang kaso ni Jimmy Tadeo. Dinispalko niya ang pera ng organisasyon ng magbubukid na pinamunuan niya. This article is trying to make a hero of this a**hole? lol. Inquirer. Really?

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