SEAMEO INNOTECH Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Hosted by PAKISAMA and PhilDHRRA in cooperation with AFA and AsiaDHRRA
June 12-15, 2007
Day One: June 12, 2007
1. PRELIMINARIES/OPENING CEREMONY, OBJECTIVE SETTING AND FLOW OF PROGRAM
Ms. Esther Penunia, secretary general of AFA, opened the morning session by acknowledging the presence of AFA members from Taiwan (chopstick group), Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong sub-region), Indonesia and the Philippines (island group). This was followed by multicultural and multilingual prayers led by Ka Crispin Aguelo of PAKISAMA (Philippines) and Mrs. Zaenab of API (Indonesia). June 12 marked the 109th anniversary of Philippine independence from the Spaniards. To commemorate this, the participants were led by Esther and Ka Rene Peñas, who waved the Philippine flag, in singing the national anthem, Lupang Hinirang.
Continue reading Proceedings of the Regional Consultation Workshop on Farmers’ Situation: Responding to Major Difficulties Faced by Farmers in Asia
June 14, 2007
The participants traveled by bus (and then climbed uphill) to Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal. The area is a 58- hectare of hilly agricultural land located in Sitio Nagpatong. The land is owned by 42 farmers belonging to the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Bundok ng Antipolo (SAMBA) or the Association of Farmers in the Mountain of Antipolo, a member organization of PAKISAMA. Antipolo is famous for its historical, cultural and natural sites such as the Hinulugang Taktak Falls, Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine, festivals, resorts, and a view of the city from its hills.
Continue reading Proceedings of the Field Visit to Antipolo, Rizal
13 June 2007
Quezon City, Philippines – Tearing down makeshift walls of a police detachment that is being built in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) compound, farmers shouted their demand for the reform and extension of the Philippine’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which is due to end in June next year, amid criticisms of the government’s failure to implement it.
Continue reading Philippine farmers demand reform and extension of agrarian reform program, Asian farmers join rally in solidarity with their struggle
This primer is issued by AR Now!, PESANTech and PhilDHRRA to present and explain the “extension with reforms” position with regards to the impending “expiration of CARP” in June 2008. This primer will also attempt to clarify certain misconceptions about the event that will transpire in June 2008 and about the “extension with reforms” position.
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TASK FORCE MAPALAD
March 22, 2007
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After 10 years of struggle and a series of failed promises, the 122 farmer-beneficiaries of the contentious Hacienda Velez-Malaga in Barangay Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental were finally installed in the land awarded to them five years ago under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Continue reading Farmers hail installation in Hacienda Velez-Malaga, say it was a victory for all defenders of land right
By TJ Burgonio, Carla Gomez
www.inquirer.net | Last updated 06:33am (Mla time) 03/23/2007
MANILA, Philippines — After 11 years of waging battle in the courtroom and on the streets, 57 of the 122 farmer-beneficiaries of a sugarcane plantation in Negros Occidental subjected to land reform were finally installed Thursday in a portion of the area in the face of stiff resistance by another group of farmers.
Continue reading Negros farmers get land, finally
After a careful documentation of the land reclaiming struggle of farmers in Indonesia, peasant organization API and support organization Bina Desa launched a book on land reclaiming entitled “Land to the Tiller: Initiating Land Use in Pasir Randu” during the seminar-workshop on sustainable agriculture last September 15, 2006 in Batu City, Malang Indonesia.
Case Documentation: Land Reclaiming Experience of Indonesian Farmers
Adapted from the video documentary version of the book
Land reclaiming is an inseparable part of the agrarian reform movement in Indonesia that the state has regarded an illegal act until now. It arose because of the failure of agrarian reform implementation in the country since it became independent. Most often, the peasants who reclaim the land are accused of being plunderers, destroyers of company assets, and robbers of othersâ€™ properties. In the end, they are arrested and charged with criminal law based on the above mentioned accusations.
The peasants in Pasir Randu, Cianjur Regency, West Java Province have struggled to reclaim the lands that are actually entitled to them. After a long and difficult experience of meeting their daily needs and struggling to reclaim their rights to land and natural resources, Pasir Randu peasants can hope for a better life now that they own the land.
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La Via Campesina
Mataram, September 18th, 2005
On the 18th of September an international delegation of 15 La Via Campesina leaders from India, Bangladesh, Korea, European Union, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Mozambique, Dominican Republic, Cuba, accompanied by 50 members of FSPI as well as representatives from several international NGOs intended to visit the West Nusa Tenggara Province.
The delegation was to complete a mission to verify violations of peasant rights occurring while defending their livelihoods, which were committed by the local government, police, private sector and paramilitary actors.
The delegation had received an official licence from Jakarta Central Government to visit the area. This license was unexpectedly and without explanation unilaterally withdrawn on the eve of the visit.
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