Saturday August 18, 2018

Duterte says land reform in Boracay would benefit IPs

PAMPANGA. President Rodrigo Duterte, former President and Pampanga Second District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Secretary Francis Tolentino, Presidential Spokeman Harry Roque, BCDA President Vince Dizon, CDC President Noel Manankil, Mabalacat City Mayor Cris Garbo, LCP President and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Secretary Eduardo Año flash the PDU30 sign during Tuesday's mass oath taking of barangay chairmen of Central Luzon at the Asean Convention Center, Clark Freeport Zone. (Chris Navarro)

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Rodrigo Duterte's firm stance that the entire Boracay Island should be under land reform would benefit the local indigenous peoples (IPs) as they could eventually sell the lands to big businessmen.

Duterte talked about this during the mass oath taking of barangay captains in Central Luzon inside Clark Freeport.

"Ibigay ko doon sa mga natives so by the time na magnegosyo na and the big business would go in, hawak na nila ang titulo at puwede na nilang ipagbili. Ang consolation ko is makahawak sila ng pera na malaki," said Duterte.

Recently, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said roughly 20 hectares in Boracay could be immediately distributed to some 80 potential beneficiaries from Aeta village in the island.

Roque said Duterte's move to put Boracay under land reform was in line with the implementation of Proclamation 1064 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, classifying Boracay into forest land and agricultural land.

"The President’s decision to put Boracay under land reform is in line with Presidential Proclamation No. 1064 signed last 2006 and affirmed constitutional by the Supreme Court classifying parts of the island into forestland and into agricultural land," he said.

Under Arroyo's proclamation, about 628.96 hectares of Boracay were identified agricultural land, while 377.69 hectares were deemed as forest land.

The DAR earlier said 408.5113 hectares of 628.96 hectares of agricultural land in Boracay could be placed under land reform, since 220.4 hectares of which were exempted from land reform.