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April 4, 2017 by bayanmuna_admin

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today expressed the party-list’s group support for free land distribution to peasants, who have remained landless after more than 50 years of bogus land reform programs of the different regimes.“About two decades ago data from the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) say that 7 out of 10 farmers do not own the land they till, but after the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reform (CARPER) instead of improving the situation of farmers further deteriorated. Now, 9 out of 10 peasants do not own the land they till and what is worse though is that the CARP and the CARPER are even used to evict peasants from their lands by land use conversion schemes and other methods,” said Rep. Zarate.“So it is very timely that on the fourth round of the formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will tackle the issue of free land distribution and nationalization of industries, under the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) . It is imperative that free land be given to those who till them because they are the ones investing sweat and blood to feed the nation but they are the ones with nothing to eat,” added the progressive solon.“We must also note that there is the Makabayan bloc House Bill 555 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Program (GARB) that proposes to give free land to tillers and we hope that this piece of legislation can help in the peace talks and the two sides can reach a compromise and benefit peasants throughout the country,” ended Rep. Zarate. #

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