For the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are hell bent on defending their ancestral territories, the fight is far from over as the entry of dams they see as a threat to drown their very existence are continuously coming with funding from foreign companies in collaboration with their government.
Balligi ti naisayangkat nga innadal maipanggep iti sustainable agriculture kadagiti mannalon iti Pinukpuk, Kalinga nga inpaay ti Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC Inc.) babaen ti panakikoordina ti Alyansa ti Pesante ti Taeng-Kordilyera (APIT-TAKO).
Tobacco farmers are asking President Rodrigo Duterte and lawmakers to probe into how millions of the tobacco excise tax shares of their local governments were spent. For nearly three decades now, benefits from tobacco excise tax shares of local government units have remained a tobacco farmer’s illusion.
Despite the aggressive campaign of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), local government units (LGU) and companies, tobacco farmers and production are losing numbers. Roadside farms, used to be the domain of tobacco are now occupied by corn and peanuts. While in some villages, tomatoes are now cultivated on the lands where the region’s “green gold” once flourished. The plant that transformed the Ilocos provinces and some of its towns, that were suffering from scarcity of funds, into first income class LGUs, is now struggling to survive.
Naidanon dagiti ramit ti talon iti tallo a komunidad ti Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Dagiti remienta kas ti pala, barreta, gabion ken karetela ket inted dagiti Redemptorist Missionaries naggapu kadagiti deboto ti National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help idiay Baclaran, Parañaque City, Manila.
A conference on the conservation and rehabilitation of Cordillera rice terraces organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) was held last November 20 to 22 at the Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao province. The conference intended to solicit commitments and support from the local and international communities in the conservation of the rice terraces in the Cordillera for food security.
Childhood experience with tobacco growing is not the only thing the two share. Cesar and Julius also have similar complains about the price, the growership scheme, and the government’s treatment of farmers.
The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) recognized the statements made by Bernard Vicente, national president of the National Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives, Inc. (NAFTAC), noting that “inappropriate use of billions of tobacco funds are obvious.”
Kalpasan iti aktibidad ket nakita dagiti nakipaset ti importansia ti panangidulin kadagiti nainsigudan a bin-i ken ti saan kuma a panangisukat kadagitoy iti high yielding varieties (HYV).
Gutigotenmi dagiti opisyales iti lokal a gobyerno iti intero a rehiyon Ilocos nga agbalin kuma nga agresibo (aggressive) nga agaramid iti addang tapno maipaay ti umannatup a tulong kadagiti nakaru a nadidigraan iti masakupanda.
BAGUIO CITY — A farmers’ group in Ilocos urged local government in the region to provide cash incentive for tobacco farmers.
By PAOLA ESPIRITU www.nordis.net SAN FERNANDO CITY — Matagumpay na nailunsad ang ikalawang Irrigation Summit na pinangunahan ng Solidarity of Peasant Against …