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Emerging Issues in Land and Resource Use and Tenure

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"Identifying Viable Proposals and Actions to Safeguard Tenurial Rights of the Poor.”

Massive land acquisition in poorer countries became a global phenomenon at the aftermath of the food crisis in 2008. Led by rich and emerging economies like China and Korea, foreign investments have gone to land acquisition or contract growing arrangements for food crops that have given these investors control over large tract of agricultural lands, forests and coastal areas in developing countries like the Philippines . Huge investments have also poured into production of biofuel crops resulting in conversion of agricultural farms into biofuel plantations such as oil palm, jatropha and sugarcane. This trend persists to these days with disastrous consequences on local and national food security as well the rights and access to land and natural resources of millions of poor people.

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'Distribute Fort Magsaysay land to farmers'

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MANILA, Philippines - Farmers from Dingalan, Aurora is asking President Aquino to amend Presidential Proclamation (PP) 237 to enable the distribution of more than 4,000 hectares of land within the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR) to more than 800 farmer-beneficiaries.

PP 237 signed by the late former President Ramon Magsaysay on Dec. 18, 1955 gives the FMMR to the Philippine Army. It is the current headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division. The military reservation spans the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Aurora.

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Farmers seek distribution of Fort Magsaysay land

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farmers-seekSOME 100 farmers from Dingalan, Aurora, on Thursday trooped to Malacañang to ask for the distribution of a portion of the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR) to landless farmers through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPer).

They appealed to President Aquino to amend Presidential Proclamation (PP) 237 signed by President Ramon Magsaysay on December 18, 1955, which created and transferred ownership of the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation to the Army.

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