Agrarian office resumes installation of farmer beneficiaries

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will resume awarding the remaining farmer beneficiaries (FBs) with certificate of land ownership (Cloa) starting May 12 after 10 years of inactivity.

Despite strong opposition from hacienda workers and those not included in the list of beneficiaries reportedly armed with bladed weapons, Gideon Umadhay, DAR officer-in-charge provincial agrarian reform officer, said the installation of the remaining 76 FBs will go on as scheduled, after conferring with various support agencies, including municipal officials of Barotac Nuevo.

The estate comprising 116 hectares is covered by four corporations of landowner Lopez-Jison family, namely the Isabel Upland Valley Agro-Resources Inc., Marc Kanlaon Agri-Marine Corp., Frannie Upland Grains Inc. and Marc Golden Grains Inc. of Hacienda Claudio.


Umadhay said the decade-old agrarian case stemmed from the issuance of Cloa by DAR to 95 farmer beneficiaries in the area after a notice of coverage in 2001 was issued to the estate owner.

In 2003, the late landowner Elena Jison Golez filed a petition for disqualification against 75 farmers on behalf of the four corporations, but was denied by DAR adjudication board.

DAR provincial office created the Task Force on FB installation but the four corporations filed a notice of appeal on April 29, 2011 to the order of the regional director denying the petition for disqualification.

Umadhay said that similarly, a petition for intervention and petition for inclusion were filed by 62 alleged farm workers of Hacienda Claudio.

On May 2, 2011, a notice was sent to the landowner of the schedule of FB installation slated May 4-5, 2011.

However, only 19 FBs were installed due to resistance of the landowner and hacienda workers, prompting the temporary suspension of the activity.

Hacienda workers were reported armed and a vehicle was placed as a roadblock in going to the area.

The task force also decided to conduct and complete the installation of farmers on May 12 with peace and order assistance from the police, Philippine Army contingent and municipal officials of Barotac Nuevo. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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