“Farmers who have been tilling the lands for decades and who are already vested with rights to own the land they till under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program are endangered of losing these lands and be dislocated because of APECO. The Agta-Dumagats who for years now have been pushing for their recognition of their ancestral domain under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act or IPRA are facing uncertainties over the lands and sees that have been their homes since time immemorial. Fisherfolks who have been vested with exclusive rights over the municipal waters of Casiguran Aurora are now threatened not only to lose access to the sea that provide them with livelihood but also their homes as they are to be relocated. These are not unfounded fears and apprehensions. The threat of losing the land, the sea, and ancestral domain is very real for the people affected by the establishment of the ecozone. ”
The Transcript of Jan. 19, 2011 APECO Senate Hearing (COMMITTEE ON AGRARIAN REFORM joint with COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL CULTURAL COMMUNITIES) is now posted!
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