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.