Bohol farmers hold protest rally

on food security and agrarian reform issues

 

Trinidad, Bohol

 

April 10, 2008

 

 

   

 500 farmer members of the Hugpong Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL)-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) staged a protest rally at the Municipal Hall and Public Market of Trinidad, Bohol demanding among other things the pumishment of corrupt officials and the implementation of a genuine agrarian reform program.

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Hugpong Mag-uumang Bol-anon

Humabol-KMP

E. K. Inting St., Tagbilaran City, Bohol

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Abril 10, 2008

 

BOHOL FARMERS FOR FOOD STABILITY

 

Some 500 farmer members of the Hugpong Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL)-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) stormed the Municipal Hall and Public Market of Trinidad, Bohol on April 10, 2008 to call on the government for the following demands:

 

  strengthen its agencies particularly NFA and the Department of Agriculture to immediately solve the rice (and corn) crisis through dismantling the cartels and big rice traders by buying directly to the farmers (farmgate price higher than the traders) in volumes, and immediately punish the rice hoarders;

 

  immediately sue and punish corrupt officials including those who are involved in government projects;

 

  3-points policy changes such as 3.1) immediate pull out from WTOs policies on agriulture particularly the rice trade liberalization 3.2) immediate cancellation of the  land use conversion program and 3.3) re-alignment of the debt-servicing and military budget to agricultural services and food production; and

 

  in the long-term, implement GENUINE AGRARIAN REFORM PROGRAM through the immediate approval of HB 3059 known as the ”Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill”

            

For reference:

RUBEN SABIOR

Chairperson, # 09292086962

 

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Statement in Boholanon

     
           
Statements on the rice crisis
           

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■   “EDSA 1 inspired rice farmers being displaced from rice land in Bukidnon!”-KMP; Militant farmers challenge Malacanang to stop the eviction

■   Big business, rice cartel not consumers benefit most form import liberalization - Maza

■   Lifting rice import quota won't bring down rice prices
'Why make the culprit the solution?' think-tank asks gov't

■   Breaking monopolies, reversing liberalization a step to end rice crisis

■   As gov't holds food summit:Reverse RP's dependence on food imports, think-tank urges

■   Think-tank slams proposal to cut rice tariff
Importation not a solution but the reason behind worsening rice crisis

■   Reinstate NFA power to help address rice cartel

■   Govt urged to discontinue bankrupt laws like AFMA
Policies only worsened RP's dependence on rice imports

■   Obsession over fiscal balance behind govt proposal to increase NFA prices

■   “Increase in NFA rice price may be the last straw for Gloria!”-KMP; Militant peasants reiterate that there is no need for NFA rice increase

■    “P43.7 B Agri funds may end up like fertilizer and irrigation funds!”-KMP; Militant peasants challenge LGUs to tell all on irrigation scam

■   Without changing Malacanang’s liberalization policy: “P 5 billion subsidy will just go to the rice cartel!”-KMP

■   “National Food Summit , just a waste of money!”-KMP

■   “Lifting rice import quotas will only benefit the rice cartel!”-KMP; Increased local rice procurement still the immediate answer to rice crisis

■   “Rice rationing and marking systems, a sure sign of crisis!”-KMP; Gloria should not wait until food riots in Africa and India also happen here

■   KMP opposes NFA rice price increase; Slams proposed “rice emergency”

■   KMP to bishops: Please reconsider CARP extension stand

           

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