Peasants are now protesting against the continuous cancellation of CLOAs, CLTs, and EPs which resulted to their eviction and constant threat of displacement from the land they have long tilled," Rep.
HR 914 is a "Resolution directing the Committee on Agrarian Reform to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the extent of cancellation of CLOAs, CLTs, and EPs and, if warranted, stop all impending cancellation.
Citing a report by IBON Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit development organization, Hicap noted that as of December 2006, there are 5,049 EPs and 103,092 CLOAs that have been cancelled involving 204,579 hectares of land.
HR 914 cited a Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) report that there were cancellation of CLOAs, EPs and CLTs in the following areas:
Hacienda Looc, Nasugbo, Batangas - CLOAs, EPs and CLTs were cancelled when the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) and the Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (RARAD) issued an exemption order in favor of Manila Southcoast Development Corporation (MSDC), reportedly owned by business tycoon Henry Sy;
Two collective CLOAs were then distributed to cover these lands and named 7,535 farmworkers as beneficiaries included in the masterlist.
DARBCI) to oversee and manage the lands covered by the CLOAs.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix Frias said that these issues include identification and validation of beneficiaries based on the processes and guidelines when the CLOAs were distributed as well as identification of beneficiaries who are now deceased, naming their family as heirs.