It may be argued that we cannot put a price tag on agrarian justice. The dignity that comes with ownership and deciding the use and mode of running of one’s own farm cannot be valued in material terms. So, would it have been better if all previous DAR budgets were put in one basket instead of sinking most of it in program beneficiaries’ development (PBD) which never led to any significant landlord buy-out anyway, as some preliminary studies and anecdotal accounts would suggest.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines