Teodoro urges distribution of Arroyo-owned hacienda to farmers
Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010
HIMAMAYLAN CITY, Negros Occidental — Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro on Thursday called for the immediate distribution of the Arroyo-owned Hacienda Bacan to farmer beneficiaries here, saying the government has to fulfill its commitment to implement the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
The 157-hectare property situated in Barangay Guintubhan in Isabela, Negros Occidental, is owned by the family of the First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.
“It has to be resolved once and for all,” Teodoro told reporters in an interview here when asked what he intends to do with the controversial property.
Negros farmers dare Teodoro to show political will on land reform issue
HIMAMAYLAN, Negros Occidental — For decades, farmers in this vast agricultural province have longed for their own lands to till.
In the coming elections, members of the farmers group Task Force Mapalad (TFM) are posing the challenge to administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro to show political will and break the powerful political clans’ hold on to their lands so that they can be distributed to the rightful beneficiaries.
“The question is can he do it, especially if it involves the Arroyos? We have the new CARP (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program) law. What is needed now is a show of political will so that the vast Arroyo lands can be distributed to the farmers,” Manding Jarilla, TFM national coordinator, said in a phone interview.