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.
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.
Under CARP, and through the DAR, the landmark 2012 Supreme Court ruling to finally distribute Hacienda Luisita has been subjected to various legal contrivances that favor the Cojuangco-Aquinos in their bid to once again dodge land distribution and retain control of thousands of hectares.
Clergy of the Iglesia Independiente Filipina, or Aglipayan church, and agrarian reform advocates on Thursday commemorated the March 13, 2005 murder of Fr. William Tadena and other 'martyrs' killed for their involvement in the campaign to place Hacienda Luisita under genuine land reform.