Defend the land enriched through the blood and sweat of our forefathers
From the Spanish colonialists until the present government administration, the issue of land recognition remains foremost as the peasants main aspiration. They have developed lands for agriculture for centuries.
The peasants of Cagayan Valley continues to steadfastly stand courageous and militant amidst the growing adversary of the combined forces of the local elite and
Cassava and Corn Plantation - an ambitious project of Marcos crony Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. and Governor Faustino Dy, Jr. to plant cassava and corn in approximately 300,000 hectares of land. Presently, Cojaungco has expanded the coverage of the plantation to include municipalities in the Provinces of Cagayan, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya.
More than 30,000 farmers are expected to be displaced from their farmland by this scheme.
These products will be used by the Philippine food conglomerate San Miguel Corporation for its raw material needs. San Miguel is bent on expanding in the international market, having bought firms in Australia, China and Southeast Asia.
Coal Mining and Energy Plant - In Cauayan, Isabela a coal mining and construction of a coal power plant is in the offing. A project of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), it is publiclly heralded as the energy source for the Cagayan Valley region, discounting the fact that the plant will be integrated into the Luzon Grid that provides electricity to the whole of Luzon Island.
It is believed that the family of Governor Benjie Dy, Jr. will profit from the project. His government is forcing the people to vacate the land they till, using guns, goons and gold.
The peasants in the area are vigorously opposing the governments moves.
Genetically Modified Organisms - Twelve sites were identified in the Province of Isabela as staging ground for the testing of Genetically Modified Corn developed by Monsanto.
Reports by anti-GMO advocates says that the tests were conducted spuriously. The GMO corn planted were regularly watered to ensure a bountiful harvest, a situation that is not the practiced by corn farmers in the field.
The campaign against the use of GMOs are continuing. It is spearheaded by Anti-GMO Movement in Isabela or AGMAIS.