The Department of Agrarian Reform brought good news to the farmers of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association when they reinstated their lands back to the rightful owners. The group has been embroiled in a 145-hectare land dispute with Lapanday Foods Corp.
The farmers’ lands were taken from them in 1999, when it was awarded to three groups of ARBs and employees in the 1990s.
From then on, they have been fighting for their right to farm in their own land.
In 2011, a compromise agreement between Hearbco 1 and LFC was reached. Four years later, the DAR ordered the reinstatement of Marbai farm workers, but they never got their lands back.
After the DAR conducted a survey, they ordered a cease and desist order to its current tenants. Then, they began to award the lands back to the farmers.
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