By DEE AYROSO
Ang community pantries ay kabaligtaran ng tikom na kamay na bakal ng gubyerno.
Indeed, there is a need, as the Asia Peasant Coalition puts it, for the farmers “to organize and mobilize for our own people’s summit together with other marginalized and oppressed sectors that suffer the gravest hunger and poverty because of imperialist control and domination over the world’s food and agriculture.”
The living conditions in the Negros island have been – time and again – a glaring example of government’s failure to implement genuine agrarian reform.
Progressive peasant and fisherfolk groups will hold a series of campaign in the capital this month.
“Comrades, have the massacres, killings and land grabbing stopped?” peasant leader Rafael Mariano asked. The crowd gave a resounding no.
When the sessions of Congress resume on January 19, the progressive party list bloc in the House of Representatives would push anew for House Bill 3059 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB). Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said they expect to encounter rough sailing when they push for the bill, but they are not afraid to lose. Mariano believes that the ensuing debate on the bill could put the long-standing demand of the peasantry for a genuine and thoroughgoing land reform program in the national agenda.
The root of the problem that led to the rice crisis, rural backwardness, cannot be solved by sporadic solutions and releases of funds. It would necessitate a reversal of the economic programs and priorities of the government. BY BENJIE OLIVEROS ANALYSIS Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No.9, April 6-12, 2008 Supposedly, if the Arroyo government is to…
The age-old issues affecting the peasantry – landlessness, hunger and poverty – were expectedly the main issues at the rally in observance of Peasant Day last Oct. 21. The protest action, however, also became an occasion to air the growing demand for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com “She assumed…