Hacienda Luisita

Farmers march to demand land redistribution

Hacienda Luisita is a 6,453 hectare sugarcane plantation owned by the Cojuangco family, to which both – the former and the current presidents belong. Though the plantation was supposed to be distributed to 6,296  landless farmers under the national agrarian reform program known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in 1988, a stock distribution option (SDO) was implemented in 1989, giving the farm workers corporate stocks as an alternative to land distribution. In December 2005, the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) issued a resolution which revoked the SDO and directed the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to redistribute the land under the CARP. Nevertheless, the land redistribution process was stalled by the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Supreme Court in August 2006 and the land has still not been distributed.

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News | 11-11-2015
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Support for passing the ‘Zero Hunger’ Bill needed

With no law expressly guaranteeing the right to adequate food for all in the Philippines, a clear policy framework is required to address hunger. The national campaign by the Philippine National Food Coalition calls on wider civil society to help achieve this.

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Press Release | 12-07-2015
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Decades-long Struggle for Agrarian Reform

The government of the Philippines should finally complete land distribution and provide essential support services to farmer beneficiaries.

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Urgent Action | 17-02-2014
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Urgent Action - Philippines Hacienda Luisita

BackgroundPhilippines' national agrarian reform program - Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) - took effect in 1988, with an aim to distribute all agricultural lands beyond five hectares to l...

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Open Letter | 27-03-2013
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Open Letter to Filipino Government Demanding Distribution of Lands to Hacienda Luisita Farmers

FIAN has sent an open letter to the President of the Philippines calling for the government to distribute land titles to the identified beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita.

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Content | 28-11-2012
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Philippines - Hacienda Luisita

Hacienda Luisita is a 6,453 hectare sugarcane plantation owned by the Cojuangco family, to which both – the former and the current presidents belong. Though the plantation was supposed to ...

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News | 11-06-2012
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Manila Farmers protest: Agrarian reform is paralyzed under President Aquino

The implementation of land reform under President Benigno Aquino III is "the worst since 1988," according to the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA), a national coalition of farmer's groups and NGOs, including FIAN Philippines, which are campaigning for the implementation of agrarian reform.

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Press Release | 24-04-2012
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Philippines: No more legal stumbling blocks for land distribution of plantation

Philippines, April 26, 2012 - The Supreme Court ruling of April 24, for the land distribution of some 5000 hectares of land to more than 6,000 farm workers, finally puts an end to the decade-long land conflict in Hacienda Luisita, a 6000+ hectare plantation estate owned by the family of the current President Benigno Aquino.

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Press Release | 18-12-2011
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Philippines: Supreme Court decides to distribute land to over 6,000 farm workers

Heidelberg, Germany, December 19, 2011 - On November 22, the Philippine Supreme Court ordered the immediate distribution of the farmlands of Hacienda Luisita to 6,296 farm worker-beneficiaries.

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Report | 28-09-2008
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Parallel Report: The Right to Adequate Food in the Philippines

This Parallel Report looks into the “fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger” and the “right to adequate food” as provided for in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The report analyzes the causes of hunger and poverty in the Philippines as well as looking at the role played by the Philippine Government in right to food violations. It provides clear recommendations for the Government in order for the right to food of every citizen to be guaranteed and violations of that right to be either avoided or stopped

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