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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Peasant groups call
for food security

About 300 members of peasant groups in Negros Occidental marched on the streets of Bacolod City yesterday to air their cry for food security, labor rights, and “genuine land reform.”

Greg Ratin, spokesperson of the KilusangMagbubukidngPilipinas, said yesterday that farmers are the ones producing food for the Filipino people, yet they themselves are victims of hunger and poverty, and the Negros Occidental government has done nothing to improve their lives.

The group is supposed to have a dialog with government officials yesterday but none faced them, he said, adding that they are really disappointed because all of their requests for dialog were ignored and they believe they are selective on who and where to give help and assistance.

He also said that rally was also to culminate the celebration of the peasants’ month.

The group also condemned the Cadiz City government for allowing the establishment of a coal fired power plant in Brgy. Banquerohan and the ongoing magnetite and silica mining in Sagay City, he said.*LTG

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