Focus joins hundreds of protesters in front of the Philippine Department of Agriculture Office to demand justice and urgent government action on El Nino. Kalampag or Kampanya Laban sa Pagkagutom (Campaign against hunger) is symbolised by an empty pot, a perennial symbol used by informal settlers and urban poor communities to dramatise the problem of hunger.

Some six thousand farmers*, including Lumads, from North Cotabato and their families marched to the Cotabato provincial high-way last week and staged a rally to ask the government for sacks of rice and emergency funds that should already have been released after the province was declared to be in a state of calamity as a result of slow and prolonged drought.

Photos by Ridan Sun

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When we attempted to investigate landholding of the rich, the result was we have been prosecuted and tried in the Court. We were then sentenced to jail and were held liable to pay damages to the rich. 

When we declared that land mist belong to those who till it with their labour, the result was we have been summoned for ‘attitude adjustment’. 

Photos by Judy Pasimio, Galileo de Guzman, Anna Marie Afan, Claudia Patricia Afan, and Rodel Bañares

"This is a landmark ruling by the European Ombudsman that would rightfully make human rights  a core issue in any FTA negotiations. This ruling is significant to trade campaigners in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia as well because the EU-Vietnam FTA is being pushed as a template for the EU-Philippines FTA talks.

The UP Asian Center, in collaboration with NGOs and civil society organizations, will hold a public conversation, “Capitalism v. Climate: System Change, Yes, But How Do We Proceed?,” featuring as lead speaker, Dr. Manuel ‘Butch’ Montes of the South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. It will be held on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 2/F, Seminar Room, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

The undersigned representatives of peasant and other Civil Society organizations, men and women, express our concern and alarm about the FAO International Symposium on “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition[1] to be held at FAO headquarters in Rome on 15-17 February 2016.

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