Hacienda Dolores farmers petition against Porac land reclassification ordinance
Farmers of the 2,000-hectare Hacienda Dolores in Porac town, Pampanga have filed a petition to revoke the land reclassification ordinance approved by the municipal council. The farmers belonging to Aniban ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban), affiliated to Aguman Dareng Capampangan (Amc) and Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Amgl, Farmers Alliance in Central Luzon) said that the ordinance has actually “licensed” the fencing operations of Leonardo-Lachenal-Leoncio Holdings (LLL) and FL Property Management Corp. (FL), both partner corporations of Ayala Land, Inc. that plans to convert the lands as Alvierra, eco-residential, commercial, tourist and light industrial project similar to Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The groups submitted their petition to the municipal council while holding a protest in front of the Porac town hall. Read more
CL farmers slam Aquino in pushing bill to extend Carper
Farmers belonging to the regional farmers group Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) slammed president Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino (BS Aquino) for his marching order to both legislative chamber certifying House Bill 4296 as urgent. The bill proposed extending the implementation of the Republic Act 6576 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) beyond its supposed expiration on June 30 this year and additional budget for its land acquisition and distribution (Lad) provision.
“The farmers in Central Luzon are not ignorant of the ill-effects of Carp and actually demanding its immediate death on or before June 30. Carp is an illusion, not even an agrarian reform program, but a milking cow of corrupt government officials and big landlords. We demand the immediate junking and shredding of House Bill 4296 as well as RA 6576,” Joseph Canlas said, Amgl chairperson. Read more
CL farmers warn against flooding of rice imports, oppose liberalization of agri
Farmers belonging to the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Amgl, Farmers Alliance in Central Luzon), Aguman Dareng Maglalautang Capampangan (AMC) and Amgl – Nueva Ecija warned against flooding of imported rice in the region, citing it is a direct threat to rice-producing farmers who are already suffering low farm gate prices consequently putting them into indedtedness and landlessness. Read more
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This valentine's day: CL farmers plea against “dead heart” of Cojuangco-Aquinos and Ayala Land
The militant regional farmers group Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Amgl, Farmers' Alliance in Central Luzon) and its affiliate organizations Aguman Dareng Maglalautang Capampangan (Amc), Aniban ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan sa Hacienda Dolores (Aniban), Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) and Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Tarlak (Amt) appeal to different sectors for support their struggle against big and rich landlords such as the Cojuangco-Aquino family and Ayala Land. The groups said that the former attempts to preserve their control over the vast lands of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac city, while the latter plans to convert about 1,000-hectares of land in Hacienda Dolores in Porac town, Pampanga province.
“This valentine's day, we appeal not to the big and rich landlords as their hearts are hopelessly dead, but to the people of Central Luzon who adhere to the principles of nationalism and democracy. The very interests of the Cojuangco-Aquinos and Ayala Land are the negation of these historic and valued ideals,” Joseph Canlas said, Amgl chairperson. Read more
Marking 25 years of CARP: Farmer groups demand free land distribution and “death” of CARPer
The regional farmer group Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Amgl, Farmers’ Alliance in Central Luzon, with its provincial organizations and Anakpawis Partylist-Gitnang Luson demanded “death” of the Republic Act 9700 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with “Reforms” (CARPer) nearing its twenty fifth year of implementation since being RA 6657 or CARP in 1988. Instead, the groups demanded immediate and free land distribution to benefit farmers who developed them for many decades.
“Should we still expound on why we are calling for the repeal of CARPer? It is pretty obvious that farmers in the region are yet to secure the lands they are cultivating for many decades. We vow to dismantle CARPer and land monopoly during our protest on June 9,” Joseph Canlas said, Amgl chairperson. Read more
Justice for Willem Geertman Campaign
Who is Willem Geertman and Why He was Killed
Wilhelmus JJ Lutz Geertman belonged to a religious missionary group Calama in the Netherlands. A religious group who dedicate their work in serving oppressed people in the Third World such as the Philippines. He arrived in the Philippines in early 1970s where he enrolled at the Ateneo De Manila University and University of the Philippines to deepen his understanding of the Filipino people. [...]
Peasant Struggle in Nueva Ecija
Nueva Ecija is publicly known as the rice-granary of the Philippines. Its vast agricultural lands are cultivated with rice that farmers consider their main source of livelihood. Rice cultivation is also the culture of Nueva Ecija farmers. The province’ 158,269-hectare rice lands ranked 2nd in the country, but irrigated lands of 119,459-hectares are the biggest among provinces. It also ranked 2nd in production, harvesting about 560,379 metric tons or 7.29 million sacks of rice, but first in irrigated palay of 462,185 metric tons. Its production compose 9% of the country’s total and 43% of the region’s total. Irrigated lands compose about 75% of the its total rice lands, thus, it is very clear that agriculture is distinguishedly productive. Rice farms yield about 80 to 100 cavans per hectare with some reaching to 120 cavans. Plain lands in the province are more than half which are of high potential for agricultural production. [...]
Aquino: "Balang" para sa mga magsasaka ng Hacienda Luisita
Sa pangunguna ng Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala), Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) at Anakpawis Partylist-GL, naglunsad ang mga magsasaka ng Hacienda Luisita at Gitnang Luson ng apat (4) na araw na martsa-lakbayan na tinaguriang “Lakbayan para sa Libreng Pamamahagi ng Lupa sa Hacienda Luisita” sa Abril 24-27, 2013 mula sa probinsya ng Tarlac patungong Angeles City, San Fernando, Bulacan, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR National Office) at magtatapos sa Mendiola, National Capital Region (NCR) . [...]
Aurora Peasants' Struggle Against APECO
APECO is Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Act of 2010 or Republic Act 10083. It is a program that aims to transform Casiguran town as well as the whole Aurora to as an investment haven, site of commercial and industrial districts and eco-tourism zones.
Before APECO, the Angaras, namely Sen. Edgardo Angara and his son, Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara filed the Aurora Special Economic Zone Act of 2007 or ASEZA in Congress, House Bill 5309 at the House of Representatives and Senate Bill 2603 at the Senate. ASEZA was passed on February 20, 2007 during the Arroyo administration. The program targeted 493-hectares of prime agricultural land at Brgy. Esteves and Dibet in Casiguran town as the site of the project. [...]
Farmers demand cessation of mining operations in Sta. Cruz, Zambales
Farmers belonging to Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Amgl, Farmers’ Alliance in Central Luzon) and Movement for the Protection of Environment (Move Now!) called to the immediate cessation of mining operations in Sta. Cruz town in Zambales. Move Now! and its member organizations Agapan ang Kaligtasan at Kabuhayan (AGAP) – Zambales, SAGIP Zambales conducted a fact-finding mission on March 12 to 13 to validate the ill-effects of mining operations to the people of Sta. Cruz. Amgl, Anakpawis Partylist and other cause-oriented groups joined the said activity and confirmed that the mining operations have affected the environment, their livelihood and their health. The mission also identified the corporations who are operating such as Benguetcorp Nickel Mines, Inc. and its contractor D. M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI), Eramen Minerals, Inc., Shangfil Mining and Trading Corp., Filipinas Mining Corp., PhilAsia and Loren and Leoni (LnL). [...]
Land grabbing and displacement in Tarlac
The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL, Farmers Alliance in Central Luzon) and Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Tarlak (AMT, Farmers Alliance in Tarlac) condemned the recent displacement efforts by land grabbers pushed by the ongoing construction of Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx). The project is now causing massive unrest among farmers in Tarlac City, particularly at barangays San Pascual, Batang-batang, Villa Bacolor, San Manuel and Balingcanaway. TPLEX is the northern component of the Metro-Luzon Urban Beltway (MLUB) as part of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “super regions” program. [...]
Land grabbing in Pangasinan
The Cojuangco-controlled Central Azucarera de Tarlac Realty Corporation (CAT) is claiming ownership of the 386.8-hectare agricultural and residential lands covering about 12 barangays in Bayambang town, province of Pangasinan. This is also the site of the 289-hectare Camp Gregg Military Reservation declared by the US colonial government from 1903 to 1949. The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL, Peasant Alliance in Central Luzon) is preparing to campaign against the imminent Cojuangco-led landgrabbing which would definitely result into massive dislocation of farmers and residents, and Land Use Conversions. [...]