Zubiri targets conversion of military reservations
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 Jul) – In a couple of hours after he took his oath, Senator-elect Juan Miguel Zubiri vowed to work for the conversion of hundreds of thousands of hectares of military reservations around the country to agricultural lands so that it will be used for redistribution to the landless.
Zubiri was reacting to a point raised by his father, Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr., to legislate the conversion of at least 42,000 hectares of military reservations in the province.
Gov. Zubiri claimed the lands had been occupied by “generals, colonels, and whoever.”
Sen. Zubiri said in a press conference at the Pine Hills Hotel here after his oath taking Monday he will try to work for the issuance of a presidential decree by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo converting vast military reservations after a cadastral survey is conducted.
He said he is confident the move could be done if the local government units push for local cadastral surveys to delineate ownership.