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THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 20, 1969 PAGE 9 Country Christian Living Rural Life Director Diocese of Little Rock Rev. Lawrence P. Maus St. Joseph's Parish Center Ridge, Arkansas Rural Life Page repared in cooperation with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 3801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 12, Iowa -- In the remote coastal of Sigaboy, several hun- from here, a Maryknoll Father Michael Hiegel, in a dispute concern- Philippine political reform. Hiegel is a native of the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Hiegel, 1114 Ingram, members of St. Joseph's He was ordained June 11, was installed as resi- of Sigaboy in 1964. farmers who are . parishioners are bray- expulsion by the landowner to whom the pay rent. years ago, Father Hie- study courses in farming methods and in chicken raising. The objected, insisting nsan Involved Agriculture"Department Everybody Wants Increases Free Food ppj Washington(NC)--Fooddonated Smooth, Flat Land to the states by the U. S. Depart- Phili ne Dispute ment of Agriculture to improve by Dana C. JENNINGS diets of school children, needy families andinstitutionalizedper- Everybody wants smooth, flat works really-truly had to be sons totaled nearly 921 million land. built on the best farmland--or if pounds in the first half of this The highway builders want it. waste-land wouldn't serve for fiscal year, against 894 million The real estate developers, the parking lots and sewage plants. pounds for the same period ayear junk yards and the farmers all This idea worked out so well earlier, want it. And everybody can out- that the 1968 legislature made it Father Hiegel that the introduction of livestock would diminish the rent due him... 300 of the produce of OR CALL US FOR FAST on-the-farm and off-the-road complete TIRE SERVICE PECIAL SURE-GRIP TD-7 IACTOR TIRE We are headquarters for Goodyear's Famous T D 1 RICE & CANE TIRES D00J00EAR ." :. PROCTOR TIRE SERVICE, Inc. Stuttgart Hazen PHONE 922 6979 255-4591 bid the farmers, permanent. The department announced that its food donations for needy fatal- Now comes a glimmer. New Another Commission proposal lies during the July-December, York state two years ago erec- that became law was a 5-year tax 1968, period amounted to 476.4 ted a temporary State Commis- exemption on certain farm capital million pounds and cost $93.6 sion on Preservation of Agricul- improvements. million. These figures are 40 rural Land. Assignment; define per cent and 59 per cent above geographically areas essential for the figures for the same period preservation uo CITIZENS in 1967. propose ways to preserve them, and recommend ways the state's Z water can best be used for Jr- BANI each farmer. He threatened to rigation. An unusually realistic commis- A Good Bank in throw the farmers off the land sion, it confined itself to "the if they continued studying, politically possible". One of its a Good Community Philippine law, however, grants first recommendations accepted the tenant farmer an area around was communion between the State Member F.D.I.C. his home to use as he wishes. Department of Transportation and Made aware of this, the farmers the State Department of Agricul- Carlisle .lm cited the law to the lease-holder, Lure and Markets to see if public their initial attempt at protecting their own rights. Since that time, litigation against the farmers has O C a r I i s I e H e a d q u a r t e r s F 0 R S been brought on various counts. It continues today. Explicit threats HOOVER VA CUUM CLEANERS of physical violence have reach- ed Father Hiegelindirectly. FULCHER HARDWARE Meanwhile, the farmers are re- ceiving legal assistance from the Federation of Free Farmers, a national organization of peasants headed by a Filipino lawyer. Bogard Grain Seed Co. Maryknoll Bishop Joseph W. Regan and the priests in the prelature of Tagum (which includes Sigaboy) have established a Social Action Center. They financed a thor- ough survey, conducted by the Asian Social Institute, of land prob- lems in the area. Survey results and recommendations were pub- lished earlier this year in a book titled, "Pattern for Social Re- form." The "Conclusion" section of Processors of High Grade Seed and Bulk Fertilizer Stuttgart, Ark. the book begins: "Unquestion- RICE BELT BUTANE CO.  IIIII! ably, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is in the best posi- Zero Butane & Propane Gas Lion to supply the leadership and moral persuasion to effect apeace- Day or Night Service ful change in the structure of society. The religious leaders are $1eger Heaters Tappan Ranges considered by social scientists Day Ph. WA 2-0731 NiLe Ph. WA 2-6171 as the most important influencing factor in any community develop- 1902 SO. MAIN -- STU'I'rGART, ARK. ment undertaking. 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