Right to Food and Food Security
On World Food Day 2018 and the second to the last day of filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs), around 300 members from various marginalized sectors and advocacy groups in the Philippines are gathering in front of Palacio del Gobernador, Intramuros, today, October 16, 2018, to send a message to the voters and aspiring politicians—food security over personal interests.
The group discourages voters from supporting politicians with anti-poor, anti-environment, and oppressive agenda. A number of aspiring new candidates and re-electionists are notoriously known for excessive conversion of agricultural lands, mining, and other environmental abuses, which are the main reason for the current food crisis.
The group will highlight that this election is like a search for the best candidate to be hired to serve the real interests of the poor and marginalized. Qualifications of the best and the worst candidates will be presented. Those with an undesirable track record or background NEED NOT APPLY AND RUN FOR THE 2019 ELECTIONS!
The participating sectors and advocates stand their ground that such politicians do not deserve any government seat, and advocates of the following:
• Continuation of issuance of Notices of Coverage for CARP• National Land Use Act (NLUA)• Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB)• Forest Resources Bill (FRB)• Coco Levy Bill• Agribusiness Ventures Arrangements Bill (AVA)• Crop Insurance Bill• Rice Self-sufficiency
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