Towards a Filipino food system


On the purpose of attaining secure, safe and affordable food for and from the Filipino people, forwarded by Agroecology X from the series of fora related to the different sectors involved in creating, distributing and consuming food, the following propositions:

  1. Stop the liberalization and foreign domination on food

  2. Implement genuine land reform

  3. Achieve just prices and wages

  4. Strengthen Filipino agriculture and develop rural and national industries

  5. Fund Filipino food

  6. Ensure sufficient and immediate support in times of calamity

  7. Promote farmer-led research and development

  8. Advance the people’s democratic rights

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Stop the liberalization and foreign domination on food

Unfair trade agreements shouldn’t be the primary consideration for trade policies, it should instead be based on mutual benefit and national interest.

 

Junk EO 134 and EO 135.

 

Junk the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL). Post a 180% tariff on rice as the primary food product.

 

Leave the World Trade Organization- Agreement on Agriculture, ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement, and other unfair and unilateral free trade agreements.

 

Stop the domination of multinational corporations over the local food system, from agricultural production to local markets.

 

Stop the dependence on imported, expensive, hybrid and genetically modified seeds that require large amounts of imported and costly chemicals, toxic to nature and dangerous to our health. Furthermore, stop the dependence on the purchase and excessive use of chemicals in farms and plantations.

 

Label imported products in markets, especially food products such as pork, vegetables, etc.

 

Hold agrochemical corporations to account for decades of destruction of Filipino agriculture.

 

Fight for the West Philippine Sea against Chinese government claims.

 

Resist and junk HB 59 and SB 1840 (Amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act), HB 78 at SB 1840 (Amendments to the Public Services Act), at HB 300 at SB 1156 (Amendments to the Foreign Investments Act) that allows deeper hold of foreign corporations on our food system and the country’s whole economy.

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Implement genuine land reform

Redistribute land to the tillers for free. End the concentration of ownership of land from landowners and foreign agri corporations.

 

Conserve the land allocated to rice and food. Expand agricultural land or land allocated to food if necessary.

 

Promote and enact the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB, HB 239).

 

Stop the various schemes impeding farmers’ rights to land and expelling them from the land they are tilling or living in.

 

Stop the expansion of megaplantations controlled by foreign agricorporations in Mindanao, Palawan, Negros and other places in the country. Junk the different types of pro-foreign and pro-business Agribusiness Venture Arrangement (AVA).

 

Challenge and stop the indiscriminate conversion of land. Junk the DAR AO No. 1, series 2019, which hastens the land conversion covered by CARP. Junk the SPLIT program that fragments the collective farms of its farmer beneficiaries.

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Achieve just prices and wages

Achieve the just price for agricultural and other products of farmers and other rural poor.

 

End local cartels on food and other agricultural products. Fulfill the Philippine Competition Commission’s mandate and expose, punish, and end those who undertake unfair trade or swindling.

 

Build and strengthen cooperatives of farmer organizations, consumers, and small enterprises.

 

Provide public scales and undertake regular calibration to avoid unfair trade. 

 

Strengthen local procurement of food and agricultural products. Capacitate the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy enough rice. Return the power of the NFA to buy enough corn. Implement Section 9 of Price Act not only for rice and corn but also for pork and other food. Raise the price of rice from P20 per kilo. Streamline the process so that small and poor farmers can sell to NFA.

 

Disallow the forceful confiscation of land or carabao from farmers who are in debt or cannot pay their debts.

 

Raise the wages of the working masses, of farmworkers and other agricultural workers in the countryside, and the workers in different sectors in the city. Enact and implement the P750 National Minimum Wage. Give women parity wages. 

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Strengthen Filipino agriculture and develop rural and national industries

Emphasize the strengthening of free, indigenous, traditional and organic seeds and methods of farming. Furthermore, develop local organic fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs, as well as appropriate technology to process agricultural products. 

 

Develop the local industry of corn and other linked industries such as on feeds. Connect the local livestock industry to the local corn industry as well as other grains used for feeds. 

 

Establish industry in the countryside, up to the national level.

 

Put into practice, promote, and develop agroecological means of farming based on indigenous culture and knowledge.

 

Continually develop free irrigation for farming; especially for those in communal systems.

 

Establish sufficient and affordable facilities such as rolling stores, drying, milling and storage of grains for rice and corn in communities for the benefit of small farmers.

 

Hold projects that will give new capabilities such as food processing and other agricultural products to farmers, especially women, youth and national minorities.

 

Strengthen the relationship of local agricultural production to local processing and trade. Expand government projects on food processing.

 

For cities, support the establishment of collective urban gardens or community kitchens.

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Fund Filipino Food

Allocate sufficient funds for the development of domestic agriculture, especially in the production and processing of food for local needs. 

 

Implement and allocate greater funds towards the Free Irrigation Services Act. 

 

Advance and enact the Rice Industry Development Act (RIDA). Enact SHIELD and/or Bayanihan 3 with enough allocation for agriculture and food. 

 

Formulate a Rice Development Fund from the tariffs of imported grain for the establishment of common service facilities, social protection programs, and for the support of farmworkers organizations in line with RIDA. 

 

Ensure that the peasant masses benefit from allocated funds for agriculture and not to large agricultural companies or corrupt officials. Return to coconut farmworkers the P105 billion Coco Levy Funds and Assets. Likewise, distribute the Social Amelioration Program to sugar agricultural workers.

 

Junk the Coco Levy Trust Fund Act and enact the Genuine Small Coconut Farmers Fund Bill.

 

Allocate not less than P5 billion for the complete rehabilitation of the local pork industry. Establish a Livestock Development Fund through the earmarking of funds from the tariffs on imported pork for the development of the local pork industry. Allocate subsidies for affordable feed.

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Ensure sufficient and immediate support in times of calamity

Related to the pandemic, distribute P10,000 support each month for farmers and other poor people. Provide P15,000 production subsidy each harvest for farmers, including free traditional and organic seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, feeds, etc. Provide P100 wage relief for the working masses.

 

Undertake widespread and intensive testing, tracing and monitoring to face ASF, not just arbitrary culling of pigs. Distribute the P10,000 indemnification per pig for those affected by ASF.

 

Provide zero-interest loans in the time of calamity, and moratorium on the payment of principal for cases with higher than 50% in damages. In public markets, waive or lower the rent for small vendors. 

 

Provide aid to farmworkers in the time of tiempo muerto o tigkiriwi.

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Develop pro-farmer research and development

Advance farmer-led research and development.

 

Develop the capabilities of the country for biosecurity. Establish facilities and equipment for the proper storage and transport of products of poor farmers. Strengthen local veterinarians. Build the planned first border facilities, and ensure the thorough screening of inbound imported pork and food.

 

Develop a National Data and Information System on Agriculture as a system of data and information that recognizes and prioritizes small and poor farmers, to serve as a concrete basis for formulating policies in the interest of Filipino farmers.

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Advance the people’s democratic rights

Ensure and expand further the active participation and role of poor farmers in the formation and development of policies in agriculture and food, from the local to the national level. 

 

Increase and ease the mechanisms for the democratic participation of farmers in the formation of laws and regulations in agriculture.

 

Support organizations of farmers, pastoralists and fisherfolk. Recognize the collective initiative of farmers such as the bungkalan. 

 

Ensure the security of tenure, safe and humane conditions of work, and benefits of farmworkers. End contractualization.

 

Ensure the rights of farmworkers and other agricultural workers in building unions and in entering collective bargaining agreements. Stop the dismantling of unions.

 

Stop the militarization of the countryside. Expel armed forces of the state, local politicians, and private corporations from peasant communities. 

 

Stop the redtagging, threats and fear-tactics against leaders and farming communities. Stop the campaign of forced and fake surrender of farmers as terrorists. Junk trumped-up charges filed against farmers.

 

Junk the Oplan Kapayapaan, Executive Order No. 70, Memorandum No. 32 and RA 11479 or Anti-Terrorism Law.

 

Launch a widespread education campaign to educate and inform about the value of appropriate development in agriculture in the countryside.

 

Recognize, defend, and advance the rights against discrimination and for the autonomy of national minorities.

 

Hold to account those who have violated the rights of the peasant masses.

 

Recognize the rights of farmers and national minorities in education. Defend bakwit schools.

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About the
National People's Food Systems Summit (NPFSS)

The National People's Food Systems Summit is organized by the AgroecologyX Network to drum up public awareness and support for our effort to mainstream agroecology and food sovereignty as our response to the UN’s call to transform the current food systems. The Philippine CSOs under Agroecology X believe that only a strong people’s movement can realize a complete shift in who controls the food systems. Only a strong people’s movement can tilt power relations paving the way for the people to put power from corporate hands into those who produce food.

It aims to promote an agroecological food system anchored on genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization as the solution to the ills of the current global corporate food system.

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