About 300 farmers from Negros Occidental marched from the Provincial Capitol area to the Department of Agrarian Reform compound in Bacolod City yesterday to denounce what they call the “snail-paced” distribution of land to agrarian reform beneficiaries.
DAR officials in Negros Occidental admitted last month they see a 90-percent shortfall in land distribution for 2013 as they were only able to distribute 1,700 hectares as of July out of the 17,000 hectares of land they were supposed to give to farmer beneficiaries.
“With this, we are calling for the passage of the House bill 252 or the genuine agrarian reform bill, which we think can give resolution to the problems of landlessness in Negros Occidental”, John Lozande, secretary general of the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers, said.
Rosier years seen
for retail sector
Retailers expect a brighter outlook for the retail sector in the next few years on the back of robust economic growth.
Philippine Retailers Association chairman Frederick Go said the country’s economy is buoyed by investments and strong domestic consumption, one of the powerful components of a successful retail sector.
“The country’s leading developers are set to open over 40 new malls in the next two years. This augurs well for the economy as this will bring about the creation of more jobs, new business opportunities both for retailers as well as their suppliers,” Go said at the opening of the two-day 22nd National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo.
ICP seminar rescheduled