A rightful land reform
A “moral imperative and a political necessity” is how a militant peasant organization and advocates of genuine agrarian reform described the launching yesterday of a Philippine Land Reform Movement at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development.
Averring that the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (extended by legislation called CARPER, which ended on June 30, 2014) “totally failed to address the centuries-old problem of land monopoly,” the new movement resolved to heighten the campaign for a new and truly distributive agrarian reform program.
“Vast haciendas and plantations remain intact while lands allegedly distributed to so-called beneficiaries are reversed, re-concentrated in the hands of big landlords and foreign agro-corporations,” states a briefer handed to participants. It adds: “In CARP’s 27 years, landlessness and land-grabbing suffered by the farmers worsened.”