For the first time, two of the largest tobacco farmers’ organizations in Ilocos came up with a common stand for the floor price negotiations tomorrow, September 25, in Quezon City.
The president of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives scored the proposed increase on the floor price of tobacco for being “very far” from the consolidated results of the pre-tripartite workshop of farmers last August.
This famous mountain retreat is taking the challenge of preserving nature and teaching visitors to respect their culture, while increasing the town’s revenue from the tourism sector.
Rains and the Baguio chill failed to deter hundreds who took part in the gathering of rights advocates and protest rally to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the city on September 20.
The wife of Brandon Lee, an American journalist and activist, who survived an attempted assassination in Ifugao last August, the military is the one behind the attack.
Most of us are familiar with the stories of The Hare and the Tortoise; and The Monkey, Turtle and the Banana Tree. From each, in their simplicity, we draw lessons against laziness and its consequences, of being slow but deliberate and its rewards, and being critical in making decisions where the obvious is not always the correct way to go (where ‘Tuso man daw ang matsing, napaglalangan din’ – A monkey maybe shrewd but could also be outsmarted).
“…whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me” – Matthew 18:5
AFP has the strongest motive. Years before the incident, Brandon and his colleagues were already in danger from frequent threats of the AFP. Threats directed against indigenous people’s rights defenders that continue their advocacy for the rights of the people of Ifugao.
NAFTAC President Bernard Vicente said they are preparing for an uphill battle in the upcoming tobacco price negotiations especially with the imposition of higher taxes on tobacco and other measures but hopeful that farmers will have stronger negotiating voice this time with groups like Stop Exploitation calling for farmers to put forward a unified price demand.
The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation urged tobacco farmers to set aside political beliefs and affiliations and unite another a common price increase demand for the National Tobacco Tripartite Consultative Assembly scheduled on September 25-26 at the National Capital Region.
The plummeting prices of unhusked rice are convincing more and more farmers that safeguards in the Rice Trade Liberalization Law flaunted by the Duterte government like the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund are ineffective to cushion the destructive impact of trade liberalization in the agriculture sector.
By RUDY D. LIPORADA www.nordis.net In spite of Baguio City now tagged to be in ‘urban decay,’ former residents of the City …