By Nash B. Maulana
A 1,300-hectare coconut plantation in Siasi town, for years occupied by an agricultural company identified with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, is ready to be broken up and given to 273 farmers, according to the provincial agrarian reform office.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has submitted 5,092 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) to the Register of Deeds in Tarlac province, representing the bulk of the 4,099 hectares of land that will be distributed this month from the 6,443-ha Hacienda Luisita, according to Anthony Parungao, undersecretary for legal matters of the DAR.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
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 in Lucena City said Friday.
By DJ Yap
Another doomsday prophecy? Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes on Friday said Catholic bishops appear to have their own prediction of doomsday—this time on June 30, 2014—the same day the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) expires.