SC affirmed previous decision on Hacienda Luisita

In a 14-0 decision, the Supreme Court en banc has affirmed its previous rulings on the issue of the distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands to the farmers. Promulgated at the Supreme Court office in Baguio City, the high court upheld its rulings last July 5,2011 and Nov 22, 2011 giving the farmers the right to own the land that they till.

Now the the SC have decided and its assumed to be final and executory, the 4,900 hectares of lands will now be distributed to the 6,296 farm workers beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita Inc. It can be remembered that on Nov. 22 the Supreme Court revoked HLI’s stock distribution plan. It ruled that all of Luisita’s agricultural lands should be awarded to the farm workers thus junking the stock distribution option.

Another issue resolved with the decision is the valuation of government’s compensation to HLI. In the partial motion for reconsideration and clarification filed by the HLI Management they are asking for a compensation of at least 5 billion pesos or based on fair market value as of January 2, 2006, the date when the Notice of Coverage for the sugar estate’s compulsory land distribution was issued.

But on a vote of 8-6, the SC en banc denied HLI’s plea and affirmed its earlier ruling that the date of valuation should be from Nov 21, 1989 up to the date of issuance of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council’s (PARC) Resolution approving HLI’s stock distribution plan. Voting in favor of the 1989 valuation were Chief Justice Corona and Justices Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama, Jr., Jose Perez, and Jose Mendoza. The 6 justices on the other hand who opted to refer the land valuation to a special agrarian court were Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, and Pres. Aquino’s 3 appointees: Maria Lourdes Sereno, Bienvenido Reyes, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

Meanwhile the HLI said they will abide by the Supreme court decision. Speaking in behalf of the company HLI spokeman Antonio Ligon said the company has always believed that “the purpose of the law is to give justice and equal rule for everyone.The application of law in this case is no exception. The Supreme Court has spoken and if that is the guidelines as to the determination of just compensation, then we will  abide and will do whatever is required of HLI”.

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SC affirms lower Hacienda Luisita valuation

Hatid Karunungan 2012 : An Appeal for Help

For more than 4 years now, our organization (HKC Inc.) has been doing outreach programs to fulfill our mission of helping our less fortunate kababayans. In our 4 years of existence, we were able to help 3 children orphanages, 1 home for the aged and 1 public elementary school. We are also currently sponsoring 6 children in Aklan through the sponsorship program by the World Vision Foundation Inc. And for this year we are again gearing up to help another public elementary school for our Hatid Karunungan 2012 outreach project.

In continuing our Balik-Eskwela program which we have started last year in Jose A. Gallardo Sr. Elementary School in Magdapio Pagsanjan, Laguna, we will now extend our hands to Cabading Elementary School in San Jose Antipolo City.

Cabading Elementary School is a public elementary school located at Sitio Cabading Brgy. San Jose Antipolo City. It operates kinder to grade 6 with double emergency classes for grades 3 and 4 due to lack of classrooms.

We chose this school because as you can see in the pictures, they really need help considering the situation of their classrooms. They don’t have strong school buildings which is an important factor for an institution to be conducive to learning. Teachers also said that since their pupils came from not wealthy families they also lack some school supplies like pencils and papers which the teachers often times took from their own money just to give to them. Slippers is also one problem to some students who came to school with worn-out feet covers mainly because most of them just walk their way to school.

Part also of the school’s program is their feeding program. To help their pupils achieve daily nutritional needs, the teachers are providing them with foods, but their problem is lack of cooking materials and utensils. They are currently utilizing just 1 cooking pot for all the students, that is why they have to resort to several batches of cooking. If they could only have more than 1 cooking pot, then their feeding program will be more efficient and fast.

Education is indeed an important need of everyone. It should not be a privilege but a right of every individual. As Dr. Jose Rizal said “Ang Kabataan ang Pag-Asa ng ating Bayan” and there’s no better way of achieving that but through education.

So let’s help Cabading Elementary School and its students realize their dreams. Let us help them achieve the rightful education entitled to them. Let us give them the chance to experience a more convenient learning environment.

Interested donors and sponsors may contact us at hkcfinc@yahoo.com or you can also contact me through my personal email addresses available at the About NiteWriter page. You can also check us at our FB Page. Any donations big or small will be greatly appreciated, because it will be a contribution to the kids future.

*The event will be on June 2, 2012 and anyone who are interested to join us for the turn-over of donations are most welcome to be with us on that day.

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“Education is more than a luxury, it is a responsibility that society owes to itself” – Robin Cook