Farm­ers’ group to go on na­tion­wide car­a­van to push for land rights

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Over a hun­dred farm­ers from Mara­mag, Bukid­non will stage a protest rally to­day, Oc­to­ber 9, be­fore tak­ing off for a month-long jour­ney to Manila to push for land rights.

Mem­bers of the Buf­faloTa­ma­raw-Limus (BTL), an al­liance of farm­ers' or­ga­ni­za­tions in Musuan, Mara­mag town, stayed overnight in front of the Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form-North­ern Min­danao (DAR-10) in Ma­can­han, Car­men, Ca­gayan de Oro City be­fore to­day's protest.

Ire­neo Udarbe, sec­re­tary gen­eral of Kilu­sang Mag­bubukid ng Pilip­inas-North­ern Min­danao Re­gion (KMP-NMR), said the group is as­sert­ing their rights over 500 hectares of land, a por­tion of the Cen­tral Min­danao Uni­ver­sity (CMU) prop­erty.

"Magkam­puhan ang mga mag-uuma sa BTL aron ipanawa­gan ug i-re­histro nga sila il­hon sa gob­y­erno nga sila lehitimo nga nagtikad sa yuta sa CMU,"Udarbe said.

Af­ter a short demon­stra­tion to­day, the group will leave for the 'Bak­tas BTL' and 'Lak­bayan', a month-long car­a­van of farm­ers na­tion­wide in Manila.

Udarbe said the BTL farm­ers will bring their land strug­gle in the cen­tral of­fice of DAR to­gether with other farmer or­ga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try.

"Ang mubo nga pro­grama pag­paila lang nga sila hu­mana og protesta diri sa DAR-10 ug dal-on nila ang prob­lema sa na­tional of­fice sa DAR,"Udarbe said.

"Magikan ang mga farm­ers diri paingon sa Bu­tuan unya mosakay sa bus paingon Manila moabot sila didto sa petsa 12,"Udarbe added.

Farm­ers through­out the coun­try will gather and set camp out­side the DAR cen­tral of­fice for sev­eral days and se­ries of mass mo­bi­liza­tion will then take place.

The BTL farm­ers will also join the huge demon­stra­tion to call the gov­ern­ment for gen­uine land re­form in time for the 'farm­ers week' this month.

Udarbe said the BTL's 800 farm­ing fam­i­lies have been press­ing their rights to own the por­tion of CMU land that they have been till­ing for over three decades.

But, un­til now they are re­mained de­prived by their rights even with ir­ri­ga­tion, elec­tric­ity and other so­cial ser­vices of the gov­ern­ment.

Udarbe said the farm­ers were granted as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the land dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of late pres­i­dent Co­ra­zon Aquino but the state-run uni­ver­sity ap­pealed be­fore the Supreme Court and won.

"Ben­e­fi­cia­ries ni sila sa pro­grama ni Cory Aquino nga ilaha na ang yuta pero nag­protesta ang CMU kay dili maka­panag-iya ang mga farm­ers kay iya daw ni sa gob­y­erno nga prop­erty. Ni­daog ang mga farm­ers sa Court of Ap­peals pero nia­pelar ang CMU sa Supreme Court ug ni­daog sila,"Udarbe said.

"Kana nga por­tion wala na tikara sa CMU gani ang uban por­tion sa yuta gi­paa­ban­gan man sa mga pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions. Mao nag­protesta sila ba­lik para maila ang yuta,"Udarbe added.

Udarbe said its high time for the gov­ern­ment to hear the de­mands of the farm­ers and im­ple­ment gen­uine land re­form pro­grams in­stead of fa­vor­ing the ex­pan­sions of plan­ta­tions of the multi­na­tional com­pa­nies.

"Daghan bus­lot nga balaod sa gob­y­erno nga nag­pa­bor sa mga adon­a­han. Gani gi­hi­mong negosyo sa gob­y­erno ang yuta nga unta li­bre nga ipang-apod sa mga mag-uuma aron dili maglisod ang katawhan sa pagkaon," Udarbe added.

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