Task Force Mapalad said yesterday that more than 6,000 farmers and landless farm workers from all over Negros Occidental will march to Bacolod City and assemble at the Negros Occidental Capitol Park and Lagoon at 9 a.m. today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, its press release said.
They will hold an indignation rally and programs to show their protest against what they claim to be President Benigno Aquino’s failure to comply with his promises to them during a dialog in Malacañang in June last year.
From July 2010 to December 2012, the DAR under the present administration had distributed what the group called a measly 21 percent (251,876 hectares) of the 1.2 million hectares of DAR’s backlog nationwide.
In Negros Occidental alone, from January 2010 with the present, the DAR has only distributed 6,275 hectares out of 145,000 provincial backlog since 2010, the press release said.
The TFM said the Aquino administration is the worst as far as accomplishments on land acquisition and distribution under CARP are concerned.
The group also claimed that based on the current trend of DAR’s dismal performance, it is certain that the present administration will not comply with the CARP mandate, unless Aquino takes decisive and concrete actions for its completion, the press release added.*