Sunday, April 12, 2009

FARMERS’ HOPE FOR REDEMPTION

Davao City- After a weeklong march and vigil in Almendras Gym to commemorate the Lenten Season, the farmer groups coming from Davao Provinces, Compostela Valley and South Cotabato will march again tomorrow morning to Congressman Nograles’ Office to remind the House Speaker to keep his promise on the immediate enactment of a law extending and reforming the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

While the whole Christian community celebrates the redemption and ascension of Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday, the farmers share the joy and put their hopes that indeed the CARP law to be enacted will be truly for their salvation from long suffering and indebtedness.

“Pagtuo nako human maapud- apud ang yuta,mahuman sad among problema. Dili diay. Abi sad namo kung parentahan namo ang yuta mas makaganansiya mi, mas ningdaku hinuon among utang pagsulod namo ug kontrata sa kompanya (We thought after the land was distributed, our problems would be solved. We were wrong. And we also thought if we would let our land to be rented we could gain, but we have incurred more debts when we entered into a contract with the company),” Ireneo Vasquez, a farmer beneficiary shared.

“Tani ang ila ipasa nga balaod makabulig para makalampos na kami sa amon nga kapigaduhon hindi nga ang mga mangaranun lang ang makahimulos. (Hopefully the law that they will pass will truly alleviate us from poverty and not those who are rich will benefit from it.), a farmer representative from Polomolok added.

The farmers have marched under the sweltering heat of the sun and relied on the aid of the barangays they pass through. Like the infamous Sumilao march, the farmer groups time and again have to take extrajudicial means to dramatize their plight, pining their hope to the legislators who are responsible to the policies that eventually will govern their lives.##

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