DAR sets into motion distribution of Luisita

Posted at 05/07/12 2:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agrarian Reform is now ready to set into motion the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmworker-beneficiaries.

In a statement, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes said 200 employees from the regional and provincial offices, as well as the central office will work with field personnel from partner agencies such as the Landbank and departments of Environment and Agriculture.

They will screen and validate the names of the beneficiaries as well as conduct the survey of the land.

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 last week.

The en banc ruling, announced last April 24, ordered the DAR and the Landbank to determine the just compensation for the original owners, the Cojuangco family.

The resolution provides the backdrop of what was announced by SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez after the full court meeting in Baguio City.

Marquez had announced that the court voted 8-6 to compensate the landowners based on November 21, 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates.