[Blueboard] Support Passage of CARPER

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan slb at admu.edu.ph
Mon Feb 9 17:08:21 PHT 2009


February 9, 2009 



Peace in Christ.

 

The fight for a just distribution of land through CARP is far from over. The the six-months extension  of CARP through the passing of the Joint Resolution number 19 (JR19) is viewed as a watered down since it excluded the important provision for compulsary acquisition of land.

 

The Bishops and Religious Superiors signed a position paper to oppose the Joint Resolution and the DAR Memorandum No. 09-01804 which ordered the deferment of the "processing of Compulsary Acquisition" including landholdings already in the pipeline. Attached here also is the letter signed by more than one hundred seventy (170) bishops and religious superiors, opposing the passage of the Joint Resolution 19.

 

Today, four hundred (400) farmers from the Visayas are on their way to Manila via ferry to show to our government their dismay over the passing of the Join Resolution no 19 and call for the passage of CARPER. They will arrive at North Harbor in Manila, tomorrow, February 10, 2009 and will stay indefinitely.



Below is the schedules of activities:

 

Feb 10, 2009

6:00 am                        Arrival                                              Manila North Harbor

9:30 am                        Mass with Bishops                            Manila Cathedral

10:30 am                      Press Conference                              Manila Cathedral

12:00nn                        March to Malacanang

 

Feb 11, 2009

12:00nn                        Mass with Bishop Pabillo                      To be announced

 

 

Three hundred fifty (350) farmers from Central Luzon and Bicol Region are expercted to arrive on February 25 and will camp out at Edsa Shrine. Two hundred (200) farmers from Mindanao (including the Sumilao farmers) will arrive in Manila on March 11 to demand for the immediate passage of the Carp Extension with Reforms bill (CARPER).

 

In this light, we are soliciting your support in these endevors. The farmers would need food and financial support in order to sustain their campaign. Our farmer-brothers and sisters are also appealing if we, religious, students, and administrators, could also show them our support by joining them in their activities and mobilizations. 

 

For more information or should you have any concern or query, please don't hesitate to communicate with Bro. Sherwin Santos SJ throught the following:

            tel 4265968 or 4266101 loc 3441. 

Email: slb at admu.edu.ph

Mobile: 09215505707

 

You may also visit http:// /www.hunger4land.blogspot.com.

 

Thank you and God bless.

 

Manalangin. Manindigan. Makialam.

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

 

 

POSITION PAPER ON JOINT RESOLUTION NUMBER 19 

We, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, are one in opposing Joint Resolution No.19 that was approved by Congress. The resolution was crafted not to extend the implementation of CARP for another six (6) months but to kill agrarian reform.


Joint Resolution No. 19 mandated the removal of the compulsory acquisition mode of land distribution which is the heart and soul of the agrarian reform program. The resolution covers only private agricultural lands whose landowners have offered their lands under the Voluntary Offer to Sell (VOS) and under the Voluntary Land Transfer (VLT).


Joint Resolution No.19 must be stricken down. It is clearly unconstitutional since the Constitution mandates that the State shall undertake the just distribution of all agricultural lands. The said provision clearly commands the State to distribute and subject to agrarian reform all lands; not only those that will be covered under the voluntary schemes: Voluntarily Offer to Sell (VOS) and Voluntary Land Transfer (VLT).


Joint Resolution No.19 effectively cancels the distribution of 64 percent (64%) of new lands which are set to be covered by CARP as well as halts the distribution of all lands that are being processed for distribution under the compulsory acquisition mode. JR No.19 clearly discriminates against thousands of farmers who have currently pending application for coverage will not be acted on by government.


The resolution ends Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) under CARP as landowners are not expected to voluntarily offer their lands under CARP. These are mostly private agricultural lands owned by landowners who have been resisting the program for the past twenty (20) years. Landowners of landholdings currently under VOS and VLT are also expected to withdraw their application for VOS and VLT to altogether avoid CARP coverage.


The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) delivered the final blow on CARP by issuing the DAR Memorandum No. 09-01804. The memorandum is an operational directive that provides the guidelines in implementing the Joint Resolution No.19. However, it worsens the situation by ordering the deferment of the "processing of Compulsory Acquisition (CA) including landholdings already in the pipeline, and survey activities for lands under CA until further notice". Furthermore, the memorandum is prematurely
issued because JR No.19 has yet to be signed into law.


Joint Resolution No.19 and DAR Memorandum No. 09-01804 could spark chaos in the countryside as the agrarian reform beneficiaries and landowners are bound to fight head on over the issue. This early, the Joint Resolution No.19 and Memorandum 09-01804 are already being used by landowners to block the distribution of all agricultural
lands.

The Congress and the DAR subjected agrarian reform to the discretion of the landowners and removed the compulsion which is the essence of this social justice measure. Such act of emasculation committed by the Congress and DAR gauged against the relevant Constitutional provisions, amounts to a nullity.


We also call on the DAR to stick to its Constitutional mandate of continuing CARP until all agricultural lands are covered and scrap Memorandum 09-01804.


Finally, we call on the President to reiterate her support to CARP extension with reforms by re-issuing certification for HB 4077 and SB 2666 as urgent bills and by pro-actively campaigning for the immediate passage of the CARP extension with reforms law.

 


Signed:

 

MOST REV. ANTONIO J. LEDESMA, SJ, D.D., Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro


MOST REV. RAMON C. ARGUELLES, D.D., Archbishop of Lipa


MOST REV. PACIANO B. ANICETO, D.D., Archbishop of San Fernando, Pampanga


MOST REV. JOSE S. PALMA, D.D., Archbishop of Palo


MOST REV. BRODERICK S. PABILLO, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Manila


MOST REV. HONESTO F. ONGTIOCO, D.D., Bishop of Cubao


MOST REV. ANTONIO P. PALANG, SVD, D.D., Bishop of San Jose de Mindoro


MOST REV. ISABELO C. ABARQUEZ, D.D., Bishop of Calbayog


MOST REV. JOEL Z. BAYLON, D.D., Bishop of Masbate


MOST REV. LUCILO B. QUIAMBAO, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Legazpi


MOST REV. REYNALDO G. EVANGELISTA, D.D., Bishop of Boac


MOST REV. SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, D.D., Bishop of Balanga


MOST REV. JOHN F. DU, D.D. Bishop of Dumaguete


MOST REV. VICENTE M. NAVARRA, D.D., Bishop of Bacolod


MOST REV. EMMANUEL C. TRANCE, D.D., Bishop of Catarman


MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. IÑIGUEZ, JR., D.D., Bishop of Kalookan


MOST REV. EDGARDO S. JUANICH, D.D., Vicar Apostolic of Taytay, Palawan


MOST REV. HONESTO C. PACANA, S.J., D.D., Bishop of Malaybalay, Bukidnon


MOST REV. PATRICIO H. ALO, D.D. Bishop of Mati, Davao Oriental


MOST REV. SOFRONIO A. BANCUD, SSS, D.D., Bishop of Cabanatuan

MOST REV. EMMANUEL T. CABAJAR, CSsR., D.D., Bishop of Pagadian


MOST REV. PRECIOSO D. CANTILLAS, SDB, D.D., Bishop of Maasin


MOST REV. CARLITO J. CENZON, CICM, D.D., Bishop of Baguio


MOST REV. FLORENTINO F. CINENSE, D.D., Bishop of Tarlac


MOST REV. LEO M. DRONA, SDB, D.D., Bishop of San Pablo


MOST REV. FRANCISCO M. DE LEON, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo


MOST REV. MANOLO A. DE LOS SANTOS, D.D., Bishop of Virac

MOST REV. LEOPOLDO C. JAUCIAN, SVD, DD., Bishop of Bangued


MOST REV. JACINTO A. JOSE, D.D., Bishop of Urdaneta


MOST REV. MARTIN S. JUMOAD, D.D., Bishop Prelate of Isabela, Basilan


MOST REV. ONESIMO C. GORDONCILLO D.D., Archbishop of Capiz


MOST REV. ANGELITO R. LAMPON, OMI, D.D., Vicar Apostolic of Jolo


MOST REV. ROBERTO C. MALLARI, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga


MOST REV. JOSE R. MANGUIRAN, D.D., Bishop of Dipolog


MOST REV. EMILIO Z. MARQUEZ, D.D., Bishop of Lucena


MOST REV. NICOLAS M. MONDEJAR, D.D., Bishop-Emeritus of San Carlos, Negros Occidental


MOST REV. NEREO P. ODCHIMAR, D.D., Bishop of Tandag


MOST REV. JOSE F. OLIVEROS, D.D., Bishop of Malolos


MOST REV. JESUS A. DOSADO, D.D., Bishop of Ozamis


MOST REV. GEORGE B. RIMANDO, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Davao


MOST REV. JOSE C. SORRA, D.D., Bishop-Emeritus of Legazpi


MOST REV. JOSE CORAZON T. TALA-OC, D.D., Bishop of Romblon

MOST REV. JULIUS S. TONEL, D.D., Bishop of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay


MOST REV. SERGIO L. UTLEG, D.D., Bishop of Laoag

MOST REV. CRISPIN B. VARQUEZ, Bishop of Borongan, Eastern Samar

MOST REV. MYLO HUBERT C. VERGARA, D.D., Bishop of San Jose de Nueva Ecija


MOST REV. ARTURO M. BASTES, SVD, D.D., Bishop of Sorsogon


MOST REV. WARLITO I. CAJANDIG, D.D., Bishop of Calapan


MOST REV. GUILLERMO V. AFABLE, D.D., Bishop of Digos


MOST REV. RODOLFO F. BELTRAN, D.D., Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe


MOST REV. ELENITO DE LOS REYES GALIDO, D.D., Bishop of Iligan


MOST REV. FILOMENO G. BACTOL, D.D., Bishop of Naval


MOST REV. ARTEMIO L. RILLERA, SVD, D.D., Bishop of San Fernando La Union


MOST REV. LEANDRO Y. MEDROSO, D.D., JCD, Bishop of Tagbilaran


MOST REV. ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D., Bishop of Zamboanga


MOST REV. ROMULO T. DE LA CRUZ, D.D., Bishop of Kidapawan


MOST REV. DIMUALDO D. GUTIERREZ, D.D., BSE, MA, STD, Bishop of Marvel


MOST REV. RENATO P. MAYUGBA, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen, Dagupan


MOST REV. BANJAMIN J. ALMONEDA, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Daet


MOST REV. IRENEO A. AMANTILLO, CSSR, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Tandag


MOST REV. ANGEL T. HOBAYAN, D.D, DCJ, Bishop Emeritus of Catarman


MOST REV. JOSEPH NACUA, D.D., Bishop of Ilagan


MOST REV. PEDRO D. ARIGO, D.D., Vicariate of Puerto Princesa


MOST REV. BUENAVENTURA M. FAMADICO, D.D., Bishop of Gumaca


MOST REV. BERNARDINO C. CORTEZ, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Manila


MOST REV. RICARDO L. BACCAY, D.D., Bishop of Tuguegarao


MOST REV. PABLO VIRGILIO S. DAVID, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga


MOST REV. FRANCISCO C. SAN DIEGO, D.D., Bishop of Pasig

MOST REV. FRANCISCO F. CLAVER, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Bontoc-Lagawe


MOST REV. ORLANDO B. QUEVEDO, OMI, D.D., Archbishop of Cotabato


MOST REV. LUIS ANTONIO G. TAGLE, D.D., STD, Bishop of Imus


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