Analysis of Gilberto M. Llanto and Marife M. Ballesteros’s Article on Land Reforms in the Philippines
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The effects of Land issues to poverty
The Philippines has always been an agricultural country. This can be an effect of the country’s tropical weather. According to the World Bank, in 2009, the country has 40% of agricultural land area. The country’s economy has been dependent on agricultural production. The country's agriculture sector is made up of 4 sub-sectors: farming, fisheries, livestock, and forestry, which together employ 39.8 percent of the labor force and contribute 20 percent of GDP. Farmers work under the sun’s heat in order to feed the mouths of not only their families who are under poverty but also the millions of Filipinos.
Land issues have always been a problem in the country. There would still be numerous reports on killings because of undistributed land. There would always be problems on housing loans and grants from the government. In effect, our Filipino farmers would still work under the same landowners and would be deprived of developing their own lives.
In Gilberto M. Llanto and Marife M. Ballesteros’s article, “Land Issues in Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Development Agenda: Philippines”, it shows how land problems in the country can affect the alleviation of poverty. According to the author, there are five critical land issues. These are the following: (1) unclear and inconsistent land policies; (2) inefficient land administration infrastructure; (3) highly politicized land tax system; (4) inefficient agrarian reform program;