Philippines: Farmers decry 'landgrabbing' in Mindanao | Land Portal
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By: Angelo Caballero

Date: November 16th 2016

Source: ABS News

DAVAO CITY - Over 600 farmers staged a protest in front of Lapanday Foods Corporation office in Barangay Pampanga to voice out their struggles over land rights Wednesday.

The agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), who came from different parts of Mindanao want Lapanday to grant them the "government-awarded land" for them to return to farming and earn a living.

Thousands of farmers lost jobs when they were fired by the corporation in 2011 due to an unsigned waiver, the protesters said.

"For how many years we suffer of having no income as they keep us away from our lands, not until we sign the waiver which allows them to manage the lands," Mely Yu, chairperson of Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Incorporated (MARBAI) said in the local dialect.

The farmers also urged Congress to pass the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) to help them financially especially that they are still required to pay their 'debts' which ballooned to over a billion pesos.

"I do not know where our debts came from," Heidi Maykil, another protester, said.

Lapanday Foods Corporation has yet to issue a statement about the issue.


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