Friday, March 1, 2013

List of Beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita

About 6,212 farm workers have made it to the Final Master List of Beneficiaries that would be awarded parcels of land in Hacienda Luisita under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

This was announced by Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes.

DAR Secretary De los Reyes led the posting of the tarpaulin where listed names of the beneficiaries in the 10 barangays covering Hacienda Luisita before Wednesday noon.

The Final Master List was drawn in accordance with the Supreme Court's directive that only farm workers who were actually working in Hacienda under Luisita Tarlac Development Corporation (TADECO) in the year 1989 can qualify as beneficiaries of CARP-covered land in the country's biggest sugar estate.

The beneficiaries were verified by thoroughly reviewing the list submitted by Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) to the Supreme Court (the so-called 6296 list); a list of farm workers who participated in the 1989 stock distribution option proceedings (MOA List); all documents submitted by the farm workers directly to the DAR; and documents acquired by the DAR from the Social Security System (SSS).

Out of the 8,641 farm workers who were interviewed and screened for the list, the names of 5,365 workers were included in the Preliminary Master List of Farm workers-Beneficiaries posted by the DAR in Hacienda Luisita on October 31, 2012.

Posted on the same date was a Provisional List of Beneficiaries, which contained the names of 1,218 farm workers who were required to submit additional requirements to prove they were working in the Hacienda in 1989.

Groups and individuals were given until Dec. 1, 2012, to file Petitions for Inclusion or Petitions for Exclusion or, for those in the Provisional List, submit additional evidence of employment as farm worker in Hacienda Luisita in 1989.

A total of 357 potential beneficiaries petitioned the DAR to have their names included in the Final Master list, while no group or individual filed a petition for exclusion.

All 5,365 workers who were included in the Preliminary Master List were included in the Final Master list by virtue of the fact that no one filed a petition for exclusion.

Another set of 847 farm workers were included in the Final Master List after they have shown sufficient evidence to prove that they were employed in TADECO as of 1989, such as, among others, government records showing that they made contributions to the SSS in 1989 as TADECO farmworkers.

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