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Aquino warned: Poverty, hunger trigger upheavals

FOOD security advocates warned President Aquino against the brewing unrest among the growing number of poor who are experiencing involuntary hunger.

Task Force Food Sovereignty blamed the privatization of vital services and the Aquino administration’s pro-agribusiness policies.

Members of TFFS stormed Malacanang to press for genuine food security, which should begin with a pro-poor food and agriculture policies, Arze Glippo, TFFS lead convener said.

According to Glippo, the Aquino administration continues to espouse market-driven and corporate-friendly agriculture policies which place profit-making above the goal of providing food for all.

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'Distribute Fort Magsaysay land to farmers'

MANILA, Philippines - Farmers from Dingalan, Aurora is asking President Aquino to amend Presidential Proclamation (PP) 237 to enable the distribution of more than 4,000 hectares of land within the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR) to more than 800 farmer-beneficiaries.

PP 237 signed by the late former President Ramon Magsaysay on Dec. 18, 1955 gives the FMMR to the Philippine Army. It is the current headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division. The military reservation spans the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Aurora.

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