| 12-07-2015

Successful land installation in Hacienda Matias, Philippines

Although the Philippine Government has showed commitment to fast-track the land distribution, the process has yet to be finalized by giving land to all farmer beneficiaries and providing support services.

After four weeks camping out in precarious conditions in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) head office, the government resumed the installation of the remaining farmer beneficiaries in Hacienda Matias last week, on July 2, 2015. While demanding their right to land over many years, the farmer beneficiaries have faced harassments and intimidations by the former landlords. Thanks to their determination and  persistence in fighting for their rights, they can now harvest peacefully.

Although the Philippine Government has showed commitment to fast-track the land distribution, the process has yet to be finalized, as there are still over 200 farmer beneficiaries who are waiting to receive their land. The Philippine Government would not only comply with its obligation to ensure the right to adequate food and nutrition by fully implementing agrarian reform, but would also show strong political will to end the decades-long land struggle in Hacienda Matias.  

In light of the 27th anniversary of the CARP in the Philippines on June 10, 2015,     FIAN International and FIAN Philippines emphasize the need to fast-track the implementation of land distribution and to provide essential support services to farmer beneficiaries. While FIAN International praises the recent effort of the DAR, the human rights organization recalls that thousands of farmers are still with no land and continue to live in poverty.

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