FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – A land dispute that has spanned three decades came to an end on December 12, 2018 when two organizations in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, the Listasaka and Malayang a Aniban ng Magsasaka sa Manggang Marikit, Bagong Barrio at Yuson (MAMBAYU) signed a Memorandum of Compromise-Agreement at 09:00 in the morning.
The signing of the Memorandum of Compromise-Agreement between the two organizations initiated by the 69th Infantry (Cougar) Battalion took place at the auditorium of Guimba through the assistance of the local government of Guimba and the Philippine National Police.
The Listasaka were the benefeciaries of the 82 hectares of land in Hacienda Davis. The MAMBAYU forcibly tilled and farmed the said land.
The MAMBAYU organization was backed by left leaning organizations connected to the CPP-NPA and every harvest season, a series of fights and physical harassments between the two parties occurred. This continued for 34 years.
Last 23 May 2018, a Writ of Execution was issued by the Supreme Court through the Department of Agrarian Reform in favor of the Listasaka. Despite the said Writ, the conflict between the two parties did not subside.
As part of the Peace and Development efforts of the 69IB, its Community Support Program (CSP) team Bravo headed by 1Lt Muhammad Johaiman S. Manda, conducted series of consultations, dialogue and visitation on each member from both sides to come up with a Compromise-Agreement. The Agreement aimed to give both parties a win-win solution outside the court ruling.
The turn of events was such good news for the people of Guimba that during the signing of the memorandum, Colonel Rowen S. Tolentino, the Brigade Commander of the 703rd Infantry (Agila) Brigade, came to support the program. The event was also graced by Hon. Jose R. Dizon, the Municipal Mayor of Guimba, who was very happy that the conflict has ended.
Major General Felimon T. Santos, Jr., Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division ,Philippine Army, said that events such as this show that the Army’s aim is to ensure that peace and development prevails. He further commended the CSP team of the 69IB for doing their job with honor and integrity befitting the Philippine Army uniform.
Lieutenant Colonel Arcadio S Posada, Commanding Officer of 69IB expressed his gratitude to the LGUs and PNP in their help during the event. He also said that 69IB is always ready to protect the people of Nueva Ecija and be an instrument for peace and order.