DAR asked to resolve land issue

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Thursday, January 30, 2014


VICE Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is asking the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to resolve the land issue involving the Negros First Ranch in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia.

Lacson made the appeal after he held a closed door dialogue with the farmers belonging to Hacienda Arguelles-Locsin (Arloc) and Hacienda Ilimnan Farmworkers Association yesterday.

The group along with some labor organizations created a tension at the Capitol main entrance Wednesday last week after they went beyond the barricade and attempted to enter the session hall to air their grievances.

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The group said that the land covered by the Negros First Ranch should be covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp).

Lacson said the SP will pass a resolution during their regular session next week asking DAR to resolve the land conflict because the issue at hand relies on their decision.

The Provincial Government said that the issue raised by farmers was explained to them and that it was DAR that should resolve the matter.

Camilo Palma, one of the leaders of the farmers, said that it was in year 2000 that they have applied for the Carp coverage of the area covering the Negros First Ranch. It has already reached the Application to Purchase and Farmer's Undertaking stage, he added.

The Arloc area covers 55 hectares while Hda. Ilimnan has a total area of 155 hectares, 54 hectares of which were already covered with the Certificate of Land Ownership Award while 101 hectares including, the Negros First Ranch, are being claimed by the farmer beneficiaries.

He said that they have been wondering why the area was sold to the provincial government.

Lacson said that because of the conflicting claims, DAR should resolve the matter as soon as possible.

He said that he has already explained to the farmers that they are welcome in a scheduled dialogue and that they just could not barged in the Provincial Board session, because they have an agenda and proper protocol must be observed.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 30, 2014.

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