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Pahayag ng PAKISAMA sa Ateneo Senatorial Forum

Ang Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) ay binuhay pagkatapos ng EDSA People Power Revolution noong 1986 – 30 years na ngayon. Dinadala ng PAKISAMA ang karanasan ng mga katutubo at iba pang batayang sektor. Doon sa problema ng mamamayan sa APECO sa Casiguran, Aurora, isa ang PAKISAMA sa mga nanguna at tumulong sa kanila para mapakinggan ang kanilang hinaing. Sa APECO o Aurora Pacific Economic Zone ay marami ang mawawalan ng kabuhayan dahil apektado sila sa mga proyekto tulad ng airport at iba pa. Matagal nating linabanan yan hanggang sa naglakad ang mga katutubo magmula Casiguran hanggang Malacañang. Dito sa Ateneo ay maalab silang sinalubong. Sa kasamaang palad, luhaan silang umuwi dahil hindi sila pinakinggan ng pamahalaan.

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You Helped 800 Seaweed Farmers! – Report back from Operation Seaweed Caluya

We are pleased to report that the seaweed farming in Caluya is back on track and producing high quality seaweed harvests. Your generous donations helped 800 families rebuild their farms, reduce their debt loads, and build back quickly. One year after the storm our door to door evaluations showed that 76% of the beneficiaries were producing the same amount of seaweed as they had before the storm with 20% producing even more seaweed and 86% reported that the donated materials meant they had been able to reduce their debt load.

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Summary of Abuses by SMC and Caluya LGU

The Local Government of Caluya, Antique states that the Semirara Mining Corporation (SMC) provides prodigious assistance to the constituents of Caluya. This is in truth, a deception. While the Barangay of Semirara where the current mine pit is located has received services and increased livelihood opportunities, this is not true of the other 17 barangays.

Read the full statement: SUMMARY OF ISSUES AND CALLS OF THE PEOPLE OF CALUYA

National Forum on Agri-Cooperatives

November 27, 2015, Institute of Social Order, Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

PAKISAMA organized the “National Forum on Agri-Cooperatives” on November 27, 2015 to contribute to addressing the gap of a centralized or coordinating institution by assessing whether the participants are willing to set up or join a national federation of agri-cooperatives in the country.  One hundred (100) participants (40% women) from PAKISAMA member agri-coops and partner farmers’ organizations/institutions – e.g., Agri-Cord Philippine Synergy-Assisted Cooperatives, FSSI and PEF partner Agri Coops, PhilDHRRA,  NatCCO, TFM and KM assisted Coops – attended the forum.

Katipunan Declaration on Sustainable Fisheries

Walter Hogan Hall, Institute of Social Order Ateneo de Manila University October 20, 2015

We, the undersigned, representing participants from local government units, fisherfolk organizations and non-government organizations, come together to support Republic Act 10654, which we hope will usher in a new era of sustainable fisheries in the Philippines. (more…)

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PAKISAMA named as PHL nominee to 2nd ASEAN Leadership Awards

PAKISAMA has been nominated to the 2nd ASEAN Leadership Awards on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, which coincided with the Ninth ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (9th AMRDPE) last October 17 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

The 9th AMRDPE was opened by H.E. Somsanith SOUVANNALATH, Vice Minister to the Government’s Office and Vice Chair of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication of Lao PDR.

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PHL delegation visits Brazil to study the Zero Hunger strategy

PAKISAMA President Ireneo “Ka Rene” Cerilla visited Brazil with a Joint Executive-Legislative delegation last July to study the Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) Strategy which largely reduced malnutrition and poverty in Brazil by supporting local farmers and locally-sourced consumption. Ka Rene was one of two CSO representatives in the delegation.

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Coconut Levy HOR Substitute Bill

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE COCONUT FARMERS AND INDUSTRY TRUST FUND AND PROVIDING FOR ITS MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION

Please read for your full reference: COCO LEVY FINAL AO AUG. 18, 2015

Agri-Cooperatives Building Agri-Enterprises Conference: A National Learning and Action Planning Workshop

August 27-28, 2015, Ugnayan Hall, Partnership Center Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

For the past 29 years, PAKISAMA has mainly performed the role of an advocate for agrarian reform and rural development.  PAKISAMA, however, also has to attend to the economic needs of most of its members. Since 2010, PAKISAMA has been providing value-chain services directly to 3,000 farmers in 12 provinces organized by 60 primary cooperatives and associations.  By 2014, PAKISAMA had concluded that given the experience over the past five years, agri-cooperatives provide tremendous opportunities for individual farmers and fishers to grow their farm businesses and increase their income. In the June 2015  National Assembly of PAKISAMA, the primary coops present agreed that it was time that a Federation of Cooperatives under PAKISAMA is formed.  (more…)