In the News: Philippine agrarian reform extension law passed

(Excerpt from the news report: “We dedicate this victory to Ka Rene Peñas, whose life and struggle will always inspire us,” Hontiveros said.

She was referring to the farmer leader of Sumilao, Bukidnon, who was slain on June 6.

Peñas was one of the participants in the 1,770-kilometer “walk for land, walk for justice” of Sumilao farmers in October 2007 meant to prod the government to award the land their families had been tilling for decades.)

MANILA, Philippines—After more than 12 hours of deliberations, the congressional bicameral conference committee finally approved late Tuesday night a measure “subject to style” extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) for another five years.

The program is set to expire this month.

The proposed bill, or CARPer (CARP with Extension and Reforms) Law, will now be sent back to the Senate and the House of Representatives for ratification before it is submitted to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for signature.

Read the full story at the Philippine Daily Inquirer

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