This is the second in a three-part series of features on global landlessness. | Landlessness as a crucial issue of our time is just as unseen as the landless rural peoples of the world
This is the first in a three-part series of features on global landlessness. While landlessness has been a centuries-old crisis brewing in the global countryside, it’s exacerbated today by a growing corporate appetite for land, nonstop wars of aggression in rural areas of some regions, and extreme climate-related events.
The protest camp, hosted by the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City, is KADAMAY’s three-week campaign to advance their rights to affordable housing and social services while demanding accountability for the human rights violations they experience. According to the women community leaders of the landmark occupation, they faced continued harassment, threats, and vilification by the local and national government. They shared how the police, military, local government, and the national housing agency connive to divide the organization and drive them away back to homelessness.
This decentralized Battle of Seattle is expected to roil over until next year, especially with the looming economic recession. Fresh rounds of debt crunch and austerity measures it will trigger will further fuel these actions.
Volunteers and staff of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) global secretariat visited the picket line of the striking workers of Peerless Producers Manufacturing Corp. (PEPMACO) at Canlubang, Laguna last Wednesday, July 17, 2019. PEPMACO supplies the surfactants to major local soap and detergent manufacturers. It is also the producer of a few detergent brands, a shampoo, and a toothpaste in the Philippines and abroad.
“How can the World Bank, which clearly have profits and interests at stake in formulating these laws, be given power to craft and advise on land rights legislations? We won’t be used further. We, the rural women, want an equal stake in our right to food, land and food sovereignty and not an equal opportunity to be exploited and oppressed,” Mallari concluded.