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Luisita farmworkers say ‘no’ to DSWD dole-outs

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Luisita farmworkers say ‘no’ to DSWD dole-outs

What farmworkers need is land; they legally own Hacienda Luisita and the recent SC decision affirmed that. They should be given all the help they need to make the land fully productive again.” – UMA
MANILA – The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura and the Alyansa ng Mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita declared their opposition to the recent announcement of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) that it will implement its dole-out program in the hacienda. They said the Benigno Aquino III administration’s recent tack to enter the farmworkers in the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K], the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Social Pension for senior citizens and the Cash for Work Program all under the DSWD was aimed at further delaying the transfer of ownership of the hacienda to the farmworkers.

In a recent statement, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said she has ordered the DSWD field office in Central Luzon to organize an inter-agency meeting to assess its short-term plans. She said the agency should also address “the pressing needs brought about by new developments in Hacienda Luisita.”
Soliman said the DSWD will look further into “other appropriate social service interventions needed by the farmers to ensure that they will not go hungry and further bear the brunt of poverty while waiting for their land titles.”.... MORE


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