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Farmers March for Land, Aid, and Justice

October 22, ILOILO Farmers held protest actions across the country last October 21 to voice out their call for land, aid and justice.

Together with progressive organizations led by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng PIlipinas (KMP), the protest action is the culmination of the group’s October Peasant Month campaign. The protest action also commemorates the signing of Presidential Decree 27 or the land reform program of former Ferdinand Marcos.

According to Danilo Ramos, the chairperson of the KMP, PD 27 and subsequent agrarian reform programs have failed to destroy monopoly on land that has pushed farmers into extreme poverty.

According to KMP’s data, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program does not cover various lands especially those with 8% slope. The group added that the total 5.4 million hectares covered by CARP is only 44% of the total 12.4 million hectares of arable land. As of August 2021 alone, there were only a total of 2.9 million CARP beneficiaries and did not include the nearly 10.75 million farmers registered on various agrarian reform lists of the government.

Farmers from Bulacan, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are demanding that agricultural lands, especially paddy fields, be protected against land use conversion. According to the KMP, Central Luzon, the country’s rice granary has become the hotspot for land conversions.

Farmers also called for a Php 15,000 production subsidy. According to PAMANGGAS, the pandemic has worsened their situation but they have not received adequate support from the government. The P5,000 cash assistance provided by the DA to the farmers is selective and not enough to address the production losses of the farmers.

Amihan, meanwhile, challenged those running for the presidency to address the farmers’ demands for land, aid and justice. The group challenges the candidates for presidency to lay concrete platforms that will address the decades-old call for genuine land reform, support services and production subsidies, and justice for all the victims of human rights violations.

The protest and call were joined by farmers from the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Panay and other parts of the country./PT

MANGUNGUMA SA NEGROS GINPATAY

SYUDAD sang Iloilo – Patay ang mangunguma nga si Luardo Yac, 59 anyos ang edad, samtang nagabyahe pauli matapos tiruhon sang ginapasuni mga katapo sang military kag kapulisan kahapon Setyembre 8.

Sa report sang Karapatan Negros, halin sa ospital si Yac matapos maka-survive sa una nga tuyo pagpatay sa iya sadtong Setyembre 1.

Samtang nagalabay ang ila motorsiklo sa Brgy. Balugo, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, ginpaarakan tiro si Yac kag nakaagom sang madamu nga igo sang bala sa lawas samtang critical naman ang driver sang motor.

Si Tay Luardo lider mangunguma nga miyembro sang Kaugmaon-KMP Guihulngan Chapter kag ika-walo sa mga biktima sang serye sang pagpamatay matapos ang ambush sang NPA sa Guihulngan PNP sadtong July 21 sa diin 6 ka kapulisan ang napatay lakip si Police Chief Superintendent Arnel Arpon.

Antes sini, ginpatay man sang mga ahente sang militar si Bayan Muna organizer Oscar Asildo Jr sang Guihulngan samtang nagapauli halin sa DepEd division office sa diin siya nagaubra bilang bookeeper. (Dampig Katarungan)

MANGUNGUMA SA NEGROS GINPATAY

SYUDAD sang Iloilo – Patay ang mangunguma nga si Luardo Yac, 59 anyos ang edad, samtang nagabyahe pauli matapos tiruhon sang ginapasuni mga katapo sang military kag kapulisan kahapon Setyembre 8.

Sa report sang Karapatan Negros, halin sa ospital si Yac matapos maka-survive sa una nga tuyo pagpatay sa iya sadtong Setyembre 1.

Samtang nagalabay ang ila motorsiklo sa Brgy. Balugo, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, ginpaarakan tiro si Yac kag nakaagom sang madamu nga igo sang bala sa lawas samtang critical naman ang driver sang motor.

Si Tay Luardo lider mangunguma nga miyembro sang Kaugmaon-KMP Guihulngan Chapter kag ika-walo sa mga biktima sang serye sang pagpamatay matapos ang ambush sang NPA sa Guihulngan PNP sadtong July 21 sa diin 6 ka kapulisan ang napatay lakip si Police Chief Superintendent Arnel Arpon.

Antes sini, ginpatay man sang mga ahente sang militar si Bayan Muna organizer Oscar Asildo Jr sang Guihulngan samtang nagapauli halin sa DepEd division office sa diin siya nagaubra bilang bookeeper. (Dampig Katarungan)

Presidentiables forgot genuine land reform – farmers

MANILA, Philippines – The militant farmers group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Monday said that the first national presidential debate dubbed as ‘PiliPinas Debates 2016’ sponsored by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “lacked depth and substance and focused only on image building and personality politics.

“No one among the five presidentiables gave a substantial discussion of their political and socio-economic platforms,” KMP chairperson Rafael Mariano said.

Mariano was referring to presidentiables VP Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senators Grace Poe and Meriam Santiago and former DILG secretary Mar Roxas.

Mariano added that the country’s centuries-old social problems can’t be solved by mere elevator pitches.

The peasant leader said no one among the 2016 front-runners cited the need for genuine land reform and addressing the landlessness of farmers.

“Genuine solutions to poverty and unequal distribution of the country’s wealth will not be realized as long as land monopoly exists and the country’s resources are in the control and ownership of the few,” Mariano said.

“The presidential wannabes cited the need for free irrigation, crop insurance, rural infrastructure and social welfare but totally missed the point that without land reform and land distribution, the national economy will not genuinely prosper,” Mariano added.

“We need a new land reform program that will address the clamor for free land distribution and rural development,” the KMP leader said.

For the past years, farmers partylist Anakpawis together with other progressive partylists in Makabayan bloc have lobbied for the passage of RA 252 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) that dismantles land monopoly and distributes land for free to farmers./PT