GABRIELA BATS FOR FREE LAND DISTRIBUTION;FILES GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM BILL TODAY

GABRIELA Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza-Maza today joined Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran and Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino in filing the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill of 2007. The militant solons filed the bill in time for the commemoration of the Hacienda Luisita massacre on November 16

The Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill is a most appropriate measure to honor the martyrs of Hacienda Luisita and the peasant class. It is a landmark bill that challenges this congress to once and for all address the fundamental problem of the majority of our rural population- that of landlessness,” said Rep. Maza.

The bill provides for free land distribution of all agricultural lands to farmer beneficiaries. It also provides for measures that will secure the lands of peasant-beneficiaries from re-confiscation and encourages the establishment of cooperatives, services and other forms of agricultural assistance to help beneficiaries improve their productivity.

The GABRIELA solon further stressed that the undeniable failure of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law in its 19 years of implementation prods them to file this bill. “The CARL has continued to drastically fall short of its distribution targets, with loopholes that actually allows landlords and TNCs to even strengthen their hold on vast hectares of land.”

Maza also stressed that the bill is the result of months of consultations with peasant organizations and communities all over the country. “Peasants for so long have been clamoring for genuine agrarian reform, not a fake agrarian reform law that compels them to pay amortizations for certificates that are eventually taken away from them.” #

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