JULY 2, 2015 — Thirty (30) farmers were successfully reinstalled in Lot 101 in the land formerly owned by the Matias family in San Francisco, Bondoc Peninsula, Quezon. Reinstallation in Lot 101 was a crucial victory to the farmers as it serves as the entrance to the 639 has. for distribution to 288 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in the said landholding. About 200 policemen and DAR personnel accompanied the farmers in the reinstallation.
The first attempt to install the farmers was in May 15, 2015, when the steel gates and barbed wires were cut through and representatives from the DAR, DND, DSWD, NAPC, CHR and the police escorted the farmers to the said lot. Due to absence of police protection in the midst of harassment inflicted by the landowners and their goons, the farmers had to leave the area. Shortly thereafter, the Matias family erected a concrete wall to seal the entrance to the landholding.
At about 3 pm today, July 2, 2015, the wall blocking the entrance to the landholding known as Hacienda Matias, was finally broken down.