Farmers hit plan for turning Bicol coastal areas into ‘boulevard region' to satisfy eco-tourism | BICOL TODAY

Farmers hit plan for turning Bicol coastal areas into ‘boulevard region’ to satisfy eco-tourism

By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – Militant farmers here hit President Duterte for abandoning genuine agrarian reform as the anchor piece for agricultural development, and replacing this with his preference for Cha-cha, tinkering the Constitution to break-up the Republic for federalism and to encourage foreign control of land ownership.

The farmers also hit the government’s vision of converting the Bicol Region into a “Boulevard Region” for eco-tourism where coastal areas will be converted into boulevards to satisfy tourism, thereby sacrificing marginal fishermen, farmers, and coastal residents who get their incomes from the sea and marine-based livelihood. Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes are already implementing in selected areas these “boulevard projects”, threatening the livelihood of fishermen, farmers, coastal residents.

The farmers here also challenge government officials to live on P10,000 a month salary, the income level whom NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) pegged as “livable income” for a family of 5.

The government plan for airport developments in San Jose and Pili, Camarines Sur, and at Daraga, Albay shall sacrifice about one thousand hectares of fertile lands for conversion to airport land use, depriving farming families of food production.

These are some of the issues raised by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bicol (KMB-KMP), in time for the 30th anniversary of the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“Aside from these issues, CARP has failed that 9 out of 10 Bicol farmers have no owned land to till,” explained Bert Autor, chair of KMB-KMP, to Bicol Today in Naga City.

For the proposed Philippine National Railway Reconstruction, settlers will be severely affected in 241 barangays of 25 towns, and 5 cities in Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon.

“The TRAIN law has been pushing up prices of commodity products, food, and services, severely affecting the poor, but sparing the rich from hardships,” Autor said.

State harassment and military occupation of places where residents have shown behaviors of dissent and defiance over pressing issues are the common response by the present Duterte regime, said Autor.

According to reports from human rights group KARAPATAN-Bicol, human rights violations (HRVs) have reached 632 cases, with victims reaching 4,914; 25 deaths by extra-judicial killings (EJKs), 34 political prisoners, excluding undocumented incidents in remote areas. [BicolToday.com]

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