After a few failed attempts last year, the Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Oriental soon conduct a survey and install the beneficiaries in the Diaz Hermanos estate in Brgy. Bactic, Mabinay town, that was covered by the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Around 223 farmer-beneficiaries had earlier received their individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award from the DAR, after the Diaz Hermanos estate was covered by the CARP in 2011. However, the installation was stalled several times after a third parties claiming to be regular farm workers of the Diaz estate opposed it.
Provincial Agrarian Reform officer Stephen Leonidas said the opposing group was given a chance to file a petition for inclusion last year but, has failed to do so until now.
Leonidas met with officials of the Philippine Army, the PNP, the DAR legal office and other stakeholders yesterday to discuss the final security plans for the survey and installation to avoid possible violent and bloody confrontation with some quarters.
He said the installation was supposed to be held today, but was moved to a later date due to the joint humanitarian mission of the Philippines and US armed forces in the province. The “Operation Pacific Angel 2013” outreach mission is set from March 4 to 9 in Dumaguete City and other areas in Negros Oriental.
Leonidas said he is hopeful that the installation will be successful this time, as the CLOA holders had even agreed to give way to some terms suggested by DAR to buy peace.
These include the equal distribution of the land covered by CARP with members of the opposing group in case they are found qualified.
The Philippine Army had set up a detachment at the Diaz estate last year to maintain peace and order.
Leonidas said the owners of the Diaz Hermanos landholdings have not intervened in the conflict in Brgy. Bagtic.*JFP
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