Urgent Action | 19-02-2014
Philippines Agrarian Reform Peasants' Rights

FIAN launches Urgent Action on Hacienda Luisita, Philippines

Right to food of 6,212 farmers in Hacienda Luisita is threatened despite the issuance of land titles

Rally to defend the agrarian reform, Manila. Photo: Astrud Beringer/FIAN Philippines.

After a decades-long struggle for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, the farmworker beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita were finally awarded land titles - the Certificates of Land Ownership Awards by the Department of Agrarian Reform in October 2013. Despite having obtained the land titles, the farmworker beneficiaries are still unable to cultivate the awarded land in order to exercise their right to adequate food. This is in part due to: the slow ground survey by the Department of Agrarian Reform needed to identify boundaries between the lots to be given to each individual farmworker beneficiary; the existing informal contracts with middlemen/middlewomen to whom the farmworkers have rented land to grow sugar cane; and the lack of social protection measures and support services in order to make the awarded land productive after the completion of the land distribution. 

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