Firm opposes ruling of agrarian agency

BANANA producer Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) has stood firm on its grounds that it “cannot be dispossessed of the land” for banana farmers in Sanid, Brgy. Madaum, Tagum City despite the issuance of Deparment of Agrarian Reform (DAR)’s writ of installation.

“Lapanday stressed that it cannot be dispossessed of the land and its existing management contract over the area since the company’s possession and management of the farms owned by Hearbco-1 is by virtue of a final and executory order issued by Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 in Civil Case No. 33, 536-2010, that approved the compromise agreement between LFC and Hearbco-1,” LFC said yesterday in a statement.

The company signed a compromise agreement with Hearbco-1 or Hijo Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative-1. In the agreement, company can take over the management of the lands for rehabilitation.

The agreement, however, was opposed by Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI), the group that broke away from Hearbco-1. With the plea of the breakaway group, the DAR issued writ of installation on April 11 apart from cease and desist order it issued last year against the company.

The writ of installation was to install 159 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Marbai as lawful owners of the disputed land.

But Antonio Tuyac, spokesperson of Unyon sa mga Mag-Uuma Alang sa Tinood nga Repormang Agraryo, said in a phone interview that this was supposedly executed yesterday but did not push through as the law enforcers chose to comply on the court’s decision than implementing DAR’s writ of installation.

“The decision of the regular court should not be included in the picture because this is a land dispute issue,” Tuyac said. The plea of the affected farmers were supported by about 1,000 people from different sectors.

The LFC, he said, “just disregarded the reinstallation.”

LFC said in a statement that the court has also issued writ of execution on the compromise agreement on Dec. 9, 2015 and alias writ of execution on Nov. 21 last year. The orders, the company said, upheld the firm’s right to manage and possess the lands.

“Lapanday will not hesitate to take all necessary legal actions against agencies, organizers, leaders and other persons who will unlawfully interfere with the peaceful implementation of the court-approved compromise agreemeny between LFC and Hearbco-1,” LFC said. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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