Several events have occurred since the Calatagan farmers launched their "pre-walk" in 1 September 2008. On that day, the farmers put up streamers that contain their calls along the road of Barangays Baha and Talibayog. On 4 September, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and Chair of the NASSA, celebrated a Holy Mass in Calatagan. A day after, the farmers received the Resolution of the DAR Secretary denying the farmers' Motion for Reconsideration on their petition to cover the contested 507-hectare land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). On 7 September, Akbayan partylist Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel also visited Calatagan to express solidarity with the farmers.
Originally published in the Business Mirror, September 4, 2008.
SOME 300 farmers belonging to Reform CARP Movement (RCM) picketed the House of Representatives compound at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City on Wednesday to oppose the passage of bills allowing the use of CARP-awarded land as collateral.
A broad coalition of small farmer organizations, nongovernment organizations and other agrarian-reform advocates, RCM is also pushing for the immediate enactment of the CARP extension with reforms bills.
Public hearings were set to deliberate on the proposed farmland as collateral bills and other related measures on Wednesday.
By Saturnino Borras Jr., Mary Ann Manahan, Eduardo C. Tadem
First published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 5 July 2008
OF EXTENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) insist
that we suspend land redistribution and focus assistance on the farmer
households that have received land under the program. We argue that it
is not a question of land redistribution versus support. The challenge
is how to effectively assist land reform beneficiaries while completing
Read also Focus-Philippines' position paper on CARP extension
by Walden Bello
Originally published by Bangkok Post, 29 March 2008.
Throughout the North, however, there is strong resistance to changing the systems of consumption and production that have created the problem in the first place and a preference for ''techno-fixes,'' such as ''clean'' coal, carbon sequestration and storage, industrial-scale biofuels, and nuclear energy.
Groups in Mindanao are mobilising against neoliberal policies
(Davao City, November 18, 2004) A two-day civil society meeting concludes on the importance of trade policies in solving the issue of hunger and poverty in Mindanao. According to a recent SWS survey, 23% of the households in Mindanao are suffering from hunger. But why does hunger persist in a resource-rich region like Mindanao? And how should this problem be resolved?
A two-day civil society meeting concludes on the importance of trade policies in solving the issue of hunger and poverty in Mindanao. According to a recent SWS survey, 23% of the households in Mindanao are suffering from hunger. But why does hunger persist in a resource-rich region like Mindanao? And how should this problem be resolved?
November 17-18, 2004 at Felis Resort in Davao City
The results of the most recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) pointed out a most glaring paradox
The book the Anti-Development State: the political economy of permanent crisis in the Philippines was just released in Manila.
The book by Dr. Walden Bello and co authored by, Mary Lou Malig, Herbert Docena and Marissa de Guzman provides a convincing, if painful, explanation why the Philippines is mired in poverty at the beginning of the 21st century, and proposes a route out of the quagmire.
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