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Duterte to place Nueva Ecija under land reform

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By Genalyn Kabiling

LAUR, Nueva Ecija — In line with his commitment to distribute lands to Filipinos, President Duterte is planning to place Nueva Ecija under the agrarian reform program.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALFRED FRIAS / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALFRED FRIAS / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

At the inauguration of a drug treatment facility in Laur, Nueva Ecija, the President said he would deploy concerned officials next week to implement the land reform in the province.

“I will declare land reform in this area next week,” Duterte said in his remarks.

Duterte said he met with some community members who were concerned about the problem of land and water in the province. “At this time of our national life, unless we solve this age-old problem of getting the lands to the people, we can never end the insurgency problem,” he added.

Duterte explained that he wanted to distribute lands, initially idle government lands, to agrarian reform beneficiaries so they can cultivate the land and improve their plight. He claimed that so far he has distributed 60,000 land titles to land reform beneficiaries.

“So 10 years from now, mga anak ninyo makatikim ng pera. At least sa buhay nila, ‘yung generation niya makatikim ng milyon,” he said.

In his speech, the President disclosed plans to visit Sagay, Negros Occidental soon for another agrarian reform event. He lamented that the government has been wrongly blamed for the death of some farmers in Sagay, adding it was actually the communist rebels behind the incident.

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