By Tonette Orejas
Another impeachment complaint to be filed on Monday (July 21) by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) against President Benigno Aquino III will take him to task for P5.4 billion in agrarian reform funds that was allegedly facilitated through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to pay landowners, including the President’s relatives who own Hacienda Luisita.
By DJ Yap
To emphasize the growing importance of family farming in Philippine agriculture, the government is now highlighting family farms as models of successful farming rather than large tracts of land that are “managed like a factory,” Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said.
By DJ Yap
Some 8,410 landholdings comprising 78,303 hectares of land have yet to be covered by the agrarian reform program three days before the law expires, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said on Saturday.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
A farmers’ group in Quezon has urged President Aquino to fire the secretaries of the Departments of Agrarian Reform and Environment and Natural Resources, and replace them with officials “who could carry out a fair and equitable land distribution.”
By Bobby Lagsa
Mindanao farmers, supported by the Catholic clergy, the Task Force Mapalad (TFM) and several other groups, petitioned Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes on Wednesday to immediately issue notices of coverage (NOCs) on more than 270,000 hectares of land all over the country.