DAR to finish distributing Hacienda Luisita land

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — The government will continue to distribute portions of Hacienda Luisita to farmers.

In a press conference Wednesday, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones said that they will continue the distribution of land from the Cojuangco-owned hacienda.

"Ito na po yung pinakahuli na portion ng Hacienda Luisita na hindi pa napamimigay. At ngayon po sa administrasyon na to ipapamigay na ang lupa sa Barangay Bantog," Castriciones said.

[Translation: This is the last part of Hacienda Luisita that has not yet been given away. We will, in this administration, give the land in Barangay Bantog.]

He added that President Rodrigo Duterte will be invited to give the certificates of land ownership to the beneficiaries.

The agency plans to distribute 40,000 hectares of land this year, after distributing more than 60,000 hectares last year.

Castriciones, however, warned that there could still be delays due to disputes among stakeholders, particularly farmers and landowners.

"Kung minsan umaakyat pa yan hanggang Supreme Court eh kasi yung land owners ayaw nilang i-subject yung kanilang lupa doon sa notice of coverage under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program," Castriciones said.

[Translation: Sometimes cases reach up to the Supreme Court because land owners don't want their lands subjected to notice of coverage under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.]

CNN Philippines correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this story.