Promise 91: Transfer assets of Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries
Noynoy Aquino has said that he has asked his “extended family” to find ways and means to transfer the assets of Hacienda Luisita to farmer beneficiaries.
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Hacienda Luisita
April 27, 2014: Close to 91 percent of farm lots awarded to the farmers of Hacienda Luisita have been marked with boundaries, the Department of Agrarian Reform said. DAR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Anthony Parungao said 6,240, or 90.6 percent, have been “monumented,” while 5,527 or 80.23 percent of farmer-beneficiaries in the category have been installed, based on the latest report from field officers. (Continue Reading)
February 5, 2014: Is former Land Transportation Office chief and President Aquino's shooting buddy Virginia Torres leasing land from farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita? This is the claim of the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA-Pilipinas), who said Torres has been brokering lease agreements with cash-strapped farmer beneficiaries of the hacienda. (Continue Reading)
November 23, 2013: Supreme Court modified its decision in July that allowed 6,296 farmer-beneficiaries to choose between ownership of agricultural land or shares of stock representing the value of the sugar estate.
"In line with our finding that control over agricultural lands must always be in the hands of the farmers, we consider our ruling that the qualified FWBs [farmworker beneficiaries] should be given an option to remain as stockholders of (Hacienda Luisita Inc.), inasmuch as these qualified FWBs will never gain control given the present proportion of (the) shareholdings," the new decision says. (Continue reading)
October 20, 2013: "The land in Luisita is now theirs," DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes in a statement declared, as the Department successfully completed the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Mapalacsiao in Hacienda Luisita. (Continue reading)
September 30, 2013: The Department of Agrarian Reform today started distributing certified true copies of their land to the farmworker-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita. Almost 600 farmworker-beneficiaries in Barangay Pando were awarded their Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA), the land title given to agrarian reform beneficiaries in a short ceremony in the barangay covered court of Brgy. Pando. (Continue reading)
August 2, 2013: Thousands of workers will lose out when a plantation owned by Philippine President Benigno Aquino's family is carved up for its farm hands next year, an official said Friday.The 4,300-hectare (10,600-acre) Hacienda Luisita north of Manila would be fully redistributed by next year to its laborers after years of delay, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said. (Continue reading)
July 23, 2013: Another set of 586 farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita were allotted parcels of land Monday, July 22, as the Department of Agrarian Reform resumed its lot allocation activity for qualified beneficiaries in the vast sugar estate. (Continue reading)
June 11, 2013: Department of Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Joe Gragedahas denied reports that the agrarian reform program will expire in June 2014, as alleged by farmers’ groups and other non-government organizations. (Continue reading)
April 24, 2013: The Department of Agrarian Reform maintained today, one year after the historic Supreme Court decision, that the distribution of land to farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita remains on track. Two crucial stages in the process have been completed: the identification of 6,212 qualified beneficiaries and the segregation survey in the country’ biggest sugar estate. (Continue reading)
February 6, 2013: Sen. Panfilo Lacson is seeking an investigation into allegations that several parcels of land subjected to coverage and titled to the Republic have been exempted from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. In Senate Resolution 936, Lacson sought an investigation by the Senate Committee on Agrarian Reform into the procedure used by the Department of Agrarian Reform to acquire and distribute lands for the CARP. (Continue reading)
April 24, 2013: The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said that the process of land distribution to farmer-beneficiaries is still on-going. According to DAR, two of the crucial stages were completed: the identification of the 6,212 qualified beneficiaries and the segregation survey of the sugar estate. “We remain confident that the Department, despite the inherent difficulties and challenges in the process, will meet its self-imposed deadline of distributing the land to qualified beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita by the middle of this year” said DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes. (Source : http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/23/dar-distribution-of-hacienda-luisita-on-track/)
June 14, 2012: Malacañang said President Aquino reiterated his commitment to agrarian reform when he met with farmer groups led by Task Force Mapalad in Malacañang on Thursday. (Continue Reading)
June 7, 2012: The Department of Agrarian Reform was ready to set into motion the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmworker-beneficiaries. (Continue Reading)
June 5, 2012: Members of President Aquino's Cabinet was to meet with leaders and representatives belonging to the farmers' group Task Force Mapalad, which is marching to the Palace to seek a dialogue with the President and ask for a completion of land distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. (Continue Reading)
May 3, 2012: The Supreme Court has released its much awaited “final and executory” ruling on the distribution of the 4,916-hectare Hacienda Luisita to over 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries. (Continue Reading)
April 30, 2012: To enable farmers of Hacienda Luisita go through the waiting period for their land shares, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that it will intensify its implementation of various support services in the sugarcane plantation. (Continue Reading)
April 30, 2012: For the first time, President Aquino made a comment on the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita. He said the government is prepared to execute the decision to distribute land to the farmers. (Continue Reading)
April 28, 2012: An official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Saturday said they are looking into the remaining 1,527 hectares of land in Hacienda Luisita, the vast agricultural estate of the Cojuangco family in Tarlac, which may still be covered by the agrarian reform program. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: A spokesman of Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) on Tuesday said the company will abide by the Supreme Court's decision to compensate the landowners of Hacienda Luisita based on the 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed its Nov. 22 ruling awarding Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita to the sugar estate’s original 6,296 farm worker beneficiaries --the number of farm hands at the time of the approval of Luisita’s stock distribution plan (SDP) in 1989 -- or their legitimate successors. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: Farmworker-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita are expected to receive their land within 1 year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The Supreme Court voted 8-6 upholding its earlier decision to compensate the landowners of Hacienda Luisita based on the 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: How much should government pay the Cojuangco family for Hacienda Luisita? According to Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez, this is the last contentious issue on the hacienda to be tackled by the Supreme Court in its en banc session today. (Continue Reading)
April 18, 2012: Owners of Hacienda Luisita should be paid at least P1 million per hectare or approximately P5 billion by the government as just compensation for distributing the sugar plantation to farmer-beneficiaries, a lawyer of the estate said. (Continue Reading)
November 28, 2011: Farmworker-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita could farm collectively and still get their respective individual title, said Secretary of Agrarian Reform Gil de los Reyes. (Continue Reading)
Palace: Aquino hands off on Hacienda Luisita deal (August 9, 2010)
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III did not, in any way, meddle into the affairs of Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI), which struck a deal with its farmer-beneficiaries last week.
In a press conference on Monday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said: “Let me just state, he had no discussion or involvement in the compromise deal. He was just informed recently of the compromise…He does not know the details.” (Continue reading)
Hacienda Luisita: Farmers weren't forced to sign deal (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 8, 2010)
The management of the Tarlac-based Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) said it did not force farmers to sign the compromise settlement deal that gave them the option to either get farm lots in the 6,453-hectare plantation, or retain their stocks in the corporation.
Hacienda spokesperson Tony Ligon said that it was the 6,000 farmers who decided on their own to exercise which option they would take. (Continue reading)
'Shady' Hacienda Luisita deal faces widespread protests (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 8, 2010)
A militant lawmaker has called on farmers across the country to launch “widespread protests” to condemn the allegedly bogus Hacienda Luisita deal.
In a press release, Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano lambasted the owners of Hacienda Luisita, Inc. who claimed “more than 90%” of farmers have decided to keep their shares under a stock distribution option (SDO) signed about 21 years ago.
“Obviously, the Luisita farmers are not acting at their own will,” Mariano said. (Continue reading)
'Hacienda Luisita deal a sham' (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 7, 2010)
The compromise reached between the farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita and the Cojuangco-Aquino family is a "sham agreement" that will not end the conflict in the sugar estate, a leftist party-list group leader said.
"This compromise is a grand deception by the Cojuangco-Aquinos of farmers and the entire nation. It exposes the greedy character of the President's relatives," said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano. (Continue reading)
Hacienda Luisita, farmers reach compromise deal (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 6, 2010)
On August 6, it was reported that farmers and management of Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) have hammered out a compromise deal, ending a two decades-long dispute over the sugar plantation owned by the clan of President Benigno Aquino III.
Representatives of HLI and 3 labor unions representing farmers signed an agreement early Friday in Tarlac, giving farmers the choice to retain shares of the company under a stock distribution option (SDO) signed 21 years ago, or own a parcel of land in the plantation.
Around 1,400 hectares comprising a third of the 6,500-hectare hacienda will be put up for distribution.
The agreement also includes a P150 million financial assistance for the 12,000 farmer-beneficiaries of HLI.
Over 800 farmers from 10 barangays attended the signing of the agreement, and most of them voted in favor of the SDO.
However, Lito Bais, acting president of United Luisita Workers Union, contested the compromise deal, saying that all 4,915 hectares of the sugar plantation that were subjected to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) should be distributed among farmers. Bais' group did not attend the signing of deal. (Continue reading)