Landowners building fences to keep CARP recipients out–NGO



LUCENA CITY, Philippines – Big landowners on the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon province are fencing their properties to stop agrarian reform beneficiaries from taking possession of the land that had been awarded to them, a leader of a nongovernment organization said Friday.

Citing reports from field officers, Jansept Geronimo, campaign officer of the Quezon Association for Rural Development and Democratization, said owners of large tracts of land, particularly the Matias estate in San Francisco town, were constructing fences around their properties to keep farmer-beneficiaries who received their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from occupying the land.

“They put up barbed wire, purportedly to protect their cows, but it is actually to prevent the takeover by their tenant-beneficiaries under agrarian reform,” Geronimo said.

This developed after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced that more farming estates in the Bondoc Peninsula would be turned over to their farmer-tenants following a land distribution program held in Mulanay town on February 6.

Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, who distributed CLOAs covering 480 hectares of the estate owned by the heirs of Domingo Reyes in the towns of San Narciso, Buenavista and San Andres, had said there would be more land distributions in the Bondoc Peninsula even after the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program extension with reforms (CARPer) ends next year.

Geronimo appealed to President Benigno Aquino III, the DAR and the Commission on Human Rights to speed up the agrarian reform program in Quezon and protect the farmer-beneficiaries from harassment by landowners.

Geronimo also called on Representative Danilo Suarez and Governor David Suarez to persuade the landowners to surrender their land and stop harassing their tenants.

“Most resisting landowners are Suarez’s political allies and supporters, particularly the Reyes and Matias clans. They have the influence to persuade them to respect the government program which they have evaded for so long,” Geronimo said.

When contacted, Representative Suarez in a text message said he “will check on the situation.”

For his part, Governor Suarez invited Geronimo and farmer leaders to his office, assuring that “we will help them.”

Samuel Solomero, provincial agrarian reform officer of Quezon, said he would dispatch a team to investigate Geronimo’s allegations about the Matias estate.

“We want to determine if the portion of the estate that is being fenced off is the one scheduled for survey next month for eventual distribution,” Solomero said.

Solomero called on all landlords in Quezon whose estates are covered by CARP to respect the legal process and not subvert the authorities.

He said the Matias estate covers an estimated 1,700 hectares but the DAR had yet to determine the total number for distribution because of an exemption case filed by the estate in the Office of the President.

In November 2010, the estate filed for exemption from CARP coverage, declaring the land to be a “cattle ranch.”

De los Reyes in an order on June 14, 2012, denied the application for exemption for “utter lack of merit.” The owners of the estate brought the case before Malacañang.

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  • vaporub123

    walang ngipin ang batas ng carp pagdating sa mga impluwensyang politicos tulad ng mga suarez at ibang hacienderos.ang daming batas ng pilipinas ngunit pagdating sa implementasyon ay hindi natutupad dahil sa mga taong katulad ng mga suarez,enrile’s,estrada’s at iba pa.

  • boybakal

    Landowners building fences to keep CARP recipients out–NGO….

    Dapat lang….Why give lands that are owned, documented and titled.
    These lands are owned way generations back nurtured, farmed and harnessed.

    Ang dami naman lupa ang gobyerno, pagaari ng gobyerno na nakatiwangwang….yon ang ipamigay hindi pag aari ng may ari.
    This Land Reform is a scam at the expense of land owner.

    • marienkind

      Nurtured, farmed, and harnessed by who, might I ask? The Dons and their kins? Wouldn’t that be a sight to behold. Nice try. 

    • Manuel

      Hindi ka taga Quezon kaya wag ka mag comment d2. Yang mga mayayaman na yan ni minsan di nag bungkal ng lupa. Yumaman yang mga yan sa pawis ng mga magsasaka

      • isellnuts

         At sino ka ba para bawalan mag post ng komento ang mga mambabasa sa pahinang ito porke di taga Quezon?  Alalahanin nasa demokarasyang bansa tayo.

        Kung kayang magbayad ang may ari para bungkalin ang lupa niya ay magagawa niya.

    • billijo

      You on wish it was. They stole the land in the first place. No matter which of these rich guys ancestors stole this land it never legally belonged to them,so it was never their to leave to their families. Poor people only scam other poor people and the rich scam everyone that they can. So take your idwas about scam and stick it. By the way take some lessons in critical thinking and may be some day you can think for your self.


    siguro nasa payroll ng landowner ang mga npa kaya walang aksyon. kung kelan kailangang umaksyon sa walang aksyon. pag sa kotong napakabilis umaksyon.

  • Lito

    inutil naman ng DAR, granted na ang lupa hindi pa ma-enforce ang claim ng mga beneficiaries.

  • Flipzi

    As per the World Bank itself, the weakness of the Philippine state “stems from the effective control by interest groups of the state machinery, such that rule-making and enforcement serves not the general welfare but particular interests.”

    Many Politicians Simply Want to Plunder the Nation!

    Worse, the more members of the family getting the powerful posts means more power and money…. to the family of thieves!

    This is the clear example of how political dynasties and their cohorts are dragging the nation down.

    Know more about it,  please Google ‘POLITICAL DYNASTY BREEDS CORRUPTION FLIPZI” 

  • billijo

    Please someone tell me how is it that govenor,mayor and rich people can pick and choose which court orders and laws they will obey and get away with it. Pnoy the so called law and oeder president seems to have little to say or do when these things doesn’t involve his political opposition.

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