Under the ruling of the Supreme Court, 4,915 hectares of the Cojuangco-controlled Hacienda Luisita must be awarded to its 6,296 farmworker-beneficiaries under the government's Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which was started by President Corazon Aquino in 1988.
But just how big is the land that will be given out to the farmers? In this visual presentation prepared by InterAksyon.com, we compared the total land area of the hacienda that will be awarded to its tillers to the country's landmarks and popular places.
Incoming Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael 'Ka Paeng' Mariano points out that, when President Aquino's term ends on June 30, he will no longer be able to leverage his immunity from suit as the Chief Executive of the land.
After delivering snails to lawmakers last week, farmers returned to the House of Representatives Wednesday to bring baskets of rotten vegetables to symbolize what they called 'the rotten conscience' of lawmakers who killed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Farmers and other support groups marked Thursday the 28th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre, gathering at the scene of the event just meters away from Malacanang Palace, with calls for a pro-people agrarian reform and urban industrialization.
Photographs on land and land reform by documentary photographer Jes Aznar are launched online and will also be mounted at UP Diliman to commemorate "#HLMX" or the tenth anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
Labor Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and other labor officials, together with the eco-park's administration, recently unveiled a marker at the entrance of the Luisita Industrial Park (LIP) which reads: "This is a Labor Law compliant Eco-Zone".
Filipino-American activists early Wednesday (Tuesday in the United States) interrupted President Benigno Aquino III as he was making a speech at the Columbia University, BAYAN USA said in a press release.
The Department of Agrarian Reform reiterated Monday that no funds outside of what was appropriated by Congress were added to the fund which government uses to pay the cash portion of the compensation to landowners.
Great opportunities await farmer beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac City as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) unveiled various options each of them could avail. One option is the tested sugar block farming concept.