Haciendero gov’t allots billions for sugar barons, zero for starving workers

The DAR said that for a three year period, it would fund 99 block farms nationwide including 10 in Hacienda Luisita. “With this plan, the DAR alone is allocating a hefty average of P4.288 million per block farm. What more the funds coursed through the SRA and DA?”

UMA Pilipinas

PR blockfarm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2015
Reference: Gi Estrada, UMA media officer, 09166114181

Agricultural workers under the national federation Unyon ng mga Mangggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) slammed President BS Aquino’s alter-egos at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) for dangling billions of pesos in public funds to finance sugar block farms, a new devious scheme favoring business interests of big sugar barons – or Aquino’s haciendero kind.

“This multi-billion budget will benefit only President Aquino’s kin and other big hacienderos and sugar barons, probably including the Liberal Party and its allies,” said John Milton Lozande, Acting Chairperson of UMA.

According to reports, DA Secretary Proceso Alcala, the DAR and SRA administrator Maria Regina Bautista-Martin, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a convergence program on the local sugarcane development program.

The DAR recently announced that it will provide P424.6-million…

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