Mr. Rafael Mariano, national chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas or Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP) delivered the first Keynote Address during the 3rd Congress of the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) on 2nd September 2013 in Penang, Malaysia.
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), and Anakpawis Partylist organized the “National Peasants’ Conference on Land, Mining, and Militarization” on October 9-10, 2012, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The event has funding support from the Action Solidarite Tiers Monde (ASTM).
More than 150 peasant and fisherfolk leaders, organizations, environmental advocates, religious groups and from the academe such as Prof. Gerry Lanuza, OIC on Student Housing and Dr. Marion Tan, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs from the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines.
A paper presented by Sr.M. Francis Añover,RSM, to the “National Conference on Land, Mining and Militarization” on October 9-10, 2012 at University of the Philippines, Quezon City.
The mining issue, seems to be in the limelight daily occupying the headlines (TV, radio, print). This timely conference reaffirms RMP’s desire to strengthen its mission as an organization who had been journeying for 43 years with the rural poor in our country. As a social justice issue we cannot discuss mining except in the context of our country's dismal performance in addressing the massive poverty, the gross inequalities of wealth distribution in our country and the power struggle that exists among ploliticians now that election fever is on. Mining activities are usually located in rural and mountainous areas and truly affect farmlands, rivers and shorelines, where the poor resides namely: the farmers, indigenous peoples and fisher folks.
This is the Final Statement on the Consultation on Development Effectiveness in Food, Agriculture and Rural Development held on May 21-22, 2013 in Wisma PGI Teuku Umar, Jakarta, Indonesia.
This research study is part of the collaboration of Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP) on mapping and documentation of land grabbing in selected Asian countries. This initiative is carried out with support from MISEREOR.
In his budget speech, lasting for 2 hours, Mr. Chidambaram, the finance minister, with undoubted eloquence talked much about the poverty to equity, churned out thoughts and principles of taxing the rich, empowering women and youth, enabling the children, including the poor.