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Marcos administration to prioritize food security

Poverty in the Philippines grew to 23.7%, against 21.1% in the same six-month period in 2018. The number of Filipinos in poverty has now risen to over 26 million, just under 25% of the population.

Marcos administration to prioritize food security

The incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will exhaust all efforts to ensure food security in the country, Press Secretary-designate Beatrix Rose “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said on Saturday.This, after the World Bank, the World… Read More

PORK CRISIS: Go wants long-term solution; NBI to run after hoarders

 February 8, 2021

MANILA – Saying the price cap on pork and chicken is effective for only two months, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday said a long-term solution is needed to address supply shortage of food commodities in the country.“Hindi po natatapos diyan. Dapat po mayroon tayong… Read More


State universities, students enjoy too much freedom: evangelist

 February 8, 2021, 8:55 pm

MANILA– Given their autonomous status, state colleges and universities like the University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), including government scholars have been enjoying too much freedom, a televangelist said.Speaking during the “Ang Dating… Read More

NBI directed to go after profiteers, hoarders of pork

 February 8

MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate groups or individuals profiteering and hoarding agricultural products, including pork.Under Department Order No. 029 dated Feb. 8, the NBI through Officer in Charge Eric B…. Read More

AGGIE CHIEF DAR: ‘Don’t panic, we have enough food’

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured the public that there is enough food in public markets and through outlets of DA-initiated “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita,” and “FishDA on the Go” as some areas in Metro Manila are placed under community quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

dont panic“We call on the general public to buy only their daily or weekly food requirements and refrain from overstocking or panic buying,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement on Friday.
“We at the Department of Agriculture will ensure the sufficient and continuous supply of basic necessities and perishable commodities, and make these available in public markets, and Kadiwa stores for the benefit of all family households, particularly in depressed communities,” he added.
He said he current inventory of rice at various National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses nationwide is good for at least 80 days.
“It will be further augmented by the incoming palay harvest this current dry season, providing additional stocks for another two to three months,” Dar said, noting that rice stocks held by private sector and households would be good for nine months.
Under the Food Resiliency Action Plan, Dar said the DA has gathered the initial commitments of the private sector and DA regional offices to amply supply the needs of Metro Manila residents.
He said the plan includes the strategic positioning and efficient distribution of basic food commodities, including the monitoring of suggested retail prices of the same in public markets in Metro Manila.
Other than rice, the other basic food items include pork, chicken, eggs, other poultry products, fish, vegetables, fruits, sugar, cooking oil, and other coconut by-products.
The action plan will be further expanded and updated in partnership with the private industry, local government units, and farmers’ and fishers’ groups.
Dar said this is also an opportune time for Metro Manilans to consider engaging in food production via urban gardening or aquaculture in their respective backyards, verandas, rooftops, and designated areas in the barangay, school or community. (PR)

POTENTIAL HUNGER TO STALK PINOY WORKERS IN QATAR

 

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Filipino migrant workers in Qatar could face food supply woes if the situation in the country  worsens, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said at a briefing  on Tuesday,  June 6.

Over accusations that it was supporting terrorists, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and other Middle East countries  have suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar.

The countries accused Qatar of giving support to terrorist groups like the al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Qatar has denied the accusation.

There are about 140,000 documented Overseas Filipino Workers) currently working in Qatar.

Bello said that while the employment of the OFWs may not be affected by the current diplomatic situation between Qatar and the other Middle East nations, the Philippine government anticipates that the Pinoys will have problems with food supply.

“We are foreseeing a possible problem (like food supply). Qatar is not producing its own food. If anything happens, they run out of food. Our OFWs will be the first victims,” he said. Qater buys its food supplies from its Middle East neighbors.

While watching for developments, Bello said he had directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Qatar to beef up its food stock.

Manpower of the POLOs in Qatar and other Middle East countries have also been increased to address the concerns of the OFWs, according to the Labor secretary.

At the briefing, Bello announced that deployment of OFWs to Qatar has been suspended as the government assesses the situation .

Qatar-bound OFWs and those  whose papers are being processed are covered by the suspension, said Bello.

Malacanang admits the current situation will affect  the OFWs.

This  will “have some ripple effects over our overseas Filipino workers,” said presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella in a statement.

To address problems of the OFWs that may spin out of the situation, concerned government agencies “are now looking at the matter and will extend other support and assistance to OFWs,” Abella said.

Qatar is one of three Middle East countries that President Rodrigo Duterte visited in April.

We have strong relations with Qatar, said Bello.

DUTERTE: “Pinoys will go hungry with Pangilinan in Agriculture”

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the country’s poor could not benefit from former Senator Francis Pangilinan being with the Department of Agriculture (DA).

       With him there, the Filipinos will go hungry, said Duterte.

President Benigno Aquino has appointed Pangilinan as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

In relation to the appointment, Aquino also issued Executive Order No. 175, which transferred to the Office of the President 4 DA agencies which will be under Pangilinan.

In doubting Pangilinan could help the throng of hungry Filipinos, Duterte in the June 30 edition of Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CB, said the former senator could not understand Philippine agriculture and the plight of the poor despite his schooling.

He said Pangilinan belonged to Harvard-trained technocrats who cannot grasp the Filipino psyche and the food security situation. Like his failure on how to tackle children-in-conflict-with- the-law (CICL).

Pangilinan has been Duterte’s favorite whipping boy for his authorship of Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

Duterte said RA 9344, which exempts youth 18 years old and below  from criminal liability, spawned drastic increase in youth crimes nationwide

In the July 8 edition of the ABS/CBN program, Duterte blasted Pangilinan anew over RA 9344.

   He and his RA 9344 are to blame for the increase in young criminal offenders, said Duterte who is pushing amendments to peg minority age at 15 years old.

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL LANDGRAB IN FAR SOUTH MINDANAO MEANS LANDLESSNESS FOR THE PEASANTS AND A SERIOUS THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY

Statement on Earth Day 2012
22 April 2012

In line with our commitment to defend the people and protect the environment, the NDF-FSMR expresses its utmost concern on the aggressive and unbridled expansion of the export crop industries on the rich agricultural areas of Far South Mindanao Region. This expansion is very detrimental to thousands of farmers and lumads who are losing their lands and livelihood, and as a consequence will exacerbate the food crisis we are experiencing now and especially in the years to come.

“How can we produce food when we have no land?” thus bewails a farmer from Malungon, Sarangani Province who will soon lose his cornfields to  a giant agribusiness company which is putting up a 30,000 hectare castor oil and palm oil plantation in this municipality.  His concern is no different from those of the peasants in South Cotabato, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat whose lands were taken by Dole-Stanfilco and SUMIFRU for their vastly expanding pineapple and banana plantations

At present, at least 300,000 hectares of prime agricultural lands in Mindanao are in the hands of the multinational agribusiness companies—like Dole-Stanfilco, Sumifru, Filinvest, DelMonte, Goldland Dedoro Philippines, Kenram, Cojuangco and Alcantara – producing export crops and creating billions of dollars in profit for these companies. Not content with their landholdings, these companies continue to expand aggressively, using schemes such as growership, leasehold, leaseback, Voluntary Offer to Sell, and many other forms of legal land grabbing which the state itself has provided the big comprador landlords and their imperialist masters. The military and police, the coercive instruments of the state, are also used to facilitate the smooth entry of agribusiness.

While the Filipino nation goes hungry, the agribusiness companies with the big landlord-compradors continue to produce high value crops for the imperialist nations. Included in the “land bank” of the Philippine Agribusiness Development Cooperation Center (PADCC) are some 6 million hectares allocated for the production of cash crops and two million hectares for agribusiness development.   In Mindanao, the 300,000 hectares export crop plantations could have produced at least 60 million sacks of rice and corn annually! This would have been enough to feed not only Mindanao but the country’s population as well!  And yet, this landlord-dominated regime has not done a single serious program to address the growing threat of rice crisis, much less to look into the plight of the Filipino farmers.

The government’s CARPer, which is nothing but lip service to agrarian reform, has further reconcentrated the lands to a few families: only 1% of the entire Philippine population still own almost 20% of the country’s total agricultural lands while 2 million farmers are left to divide another 20% among themselves.

The people’s war is a peasant war – a life and death struggle for the majority of our people to take back what is rightfully theirs – their lands and their rights.  Only through a genuine land reform under the people’s democratic government shall we be able to satisfy the legitimate interest of the peasantry – the right to till the land without fear of eviction, exploitation or oppression.

Thus, on the occasion of Earth Day, NDF-FSMR reiterates its commitment to the broad masses of the people  to exercise punitive measures against those “landlords with blood debts, all the human rights violators, the plunderers and operators of enterprises that ruin the environment, agriculture and livelihood of the people. The just exercise of the people’s power will continue to strengthen the revolutionary movement and weaken the ruling system.”

Furthermore, in accordance with the movement’s national policies, “…certain enterprises may be dismantled, such as those that grab land from the peasants and indigenous people, limit the land for land reform, destroy the environment and agriculture, export non-renewable resources, prevent industrialization or engage in extreme exploitation of the workers. These include plantations, mining and logging enterprises that produce for export.”

KA EFREN
Spokesperson

National Democratic Front of the Philippines
FarSouth Mindanao Region

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte worried by loss of city agrilands

MASS HOUSING eating up Davao City's agricultural lands to threaten food security

BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Sara Duterte has urged the City Agriculture Office to coordinate with the
Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Agriculture to link arms in addressing farmers’ woes in wake of developmental aggression and massive conversion of farmlands.
To protect     the city’s diminishing agrcultural lands, the Davao City Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee has called on local officials against indiscrimate conversion of agricultural lands.
Nick Galope, chair of the agrarian committee in a recent public forum, said the conversion of agri-lands could place at risk the city’s food security.
Galope said the conversion also would threaten the government’s Comprehensive Land Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries, when CARP ends in 2014, and beneficiaries would no longer be getting assistance from the national government.
“If the time comes when the program ends, would the local government take the responsibility of helping the farmers?” he said at the forum where the results of the agrarian committee’s monitoring of CARP beneficiaries was also presented.
In a speech read for her in the forum, Duterte said the local government will assist the farmers in training and capacity building, access to financial assistance and building oarm-to-market roads.
Davao City is experiencing  a boom in housing which has carved large agricultural lands mostly in the third district into mass housing.
Mono-crop banana plantations also has embargoed thousands of hectares turned into plantations for export Cavendish bananas and pineapples. RMB