Councilor wants repeal of land reclassification ordinance-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
PORAC -- Municipal Councilor Mike Tapang on Tuesday pushed for the repeal of Ordinance No. 16 that authorizes the reclassification of lands inside Barangays Hacienda Dolores and Banaba that are currently registered under LLL Holdings Incorporated (LLHI) and FL Land Holdings (FLLH).
The said properties have been the subject of heated protest from the members of the Aniban ng Nakakaisang Mamamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban) who are said to be long time tillers and settlers of portions of the subject property.
Tapang said that Ordinance No. 16, passed in 2012 by the previous Municipal Council, involves the reclassification of an "estimated area of 7,527,499 square meters" from agricultural to residential, commercial and industrial located in Hacienda Dolores and Banaba here.
He cited Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991, in which “the general welfare of the public shall be the utmost priority of the local government officials, including social justice.”
Tapang said that in this case, 300 farmers inhabiting part of the contested “re-classified” area continue to ask for just compensation and facing inevitable dislocation.
It can be recalled that farmers from Barangay Hacienda Dolores are protesting the 700-hectare contested land allegedly owned by the corporations inside the village. The unrest started when the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) issued an order exempting the LLL and FL landholdings from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) coverage in 2005.
However, the huge agricultural land in Hacienda Dolores was exempted by the DAR regional office after LLHI and FLLH showed titles of the land.
LLHI claimed about 298 hectares of the land, while FLLH claimed the other 456 hectares.
Aside from the land titles, landowners also said 80 percent of the land was not yet developed due to its 18-degree slope measure, which they said, according to the law, is automatically exempted from the Carp.
Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said Monday they are maintaining open communication with protesting members on the subject of the land dispute in Hacienda Dolores.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 02, 2013.