Protests, collective farming, unity on Peasant Month

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Farmers’ staged a series of protest actions to mark the Peasant Month last October. They joined the 14th International Day of Rural Women on October 15 and the 43rd World Food Day on October 17, also called “World Hunger Day.” On both occasions, they went to the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Quezon City and raised their grievances for land, jobs and subsidies.

On Peasant Day on October 21, they marched to the Mendiola bridge in Manila. The march coincided with marking the 50th anniversary of Presidential Decree (PD) 27, the fake and anti-peasant land reform law of the Marcos dictatorship. This order gave protection to landlords favored by the dictatorship, and buried peasants in crisis and hardships, which they continue to suffer today. Farmers from Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon, Ilocos and Cagayan Valley participated in the action .

A day earlier, more than a hundred peasants from KASAMA-Timog Katagulugan staged successive protest actions before national offices of government agencies for defense, agrarian reform, environment and natural resources and agriculture. They attended a dialogue with DA officials. They raised their demand for Land, Subsidy and Justice! Their leaders drew attention to the case of a farmer and a child who was killed by mercenary soldiers in Batangas behind the veil of fake encounters.

In Visayas, the Hugpong sa mga Mag-uumang Bol-anon (Unity of Boholanon Farmers or HUMABOL-KMP) celebrated its 38th anniversary, in conjunction with the 15th congress of the organization on October 21.

On October 23, farmers started to collectively farm the Tartaria land in Barangay Tartaria, Silang, Cavite, led by the Tartaria Farmer’s Association. They called for a stop to land grabbing by the Aguinaldo family.

Farmers from the Association of Legitimate Farmers and People of Lupang Ramos (Kasama-LR) celebrated the 4th anniversary of the People’s Mass in Lupang Ramos last October 24.

Protests, collective farming, unity on Peasant Month