No Monkey Business: Banana Farmers to Corporate Giant Lapanday

Like food for the gods, the Cavendish bananas of Tagum City, Davao Del Norte are spotless. Sealed with stickers to mark their perfection, they are being shipped to countries in the Asia Pacific contributing billions to the domestic economy. But what many don’t know, these bananas were grown on a soil soaked with sweat and…

Tiempo Muerto: Why Are Sugar Farmers Protesting?

Negros Occidental is the sugar bowl of the Philippines but why are sugar farm workers in the streets protesting? We are in what they call the “Tiempo Muerto” or the dead season, and sugar farm workers have no other means of livelihood meanwhile. They don’t own the lands they toil and because it’s the dead season,…

When the Farmers Are Starving

They are farmers, making up more than 75% of the country’s 100 million population. But there they were, begging the government for rice that they have worked so hard for.

Tibak: Confessions of a College Activist

My mom reminded me not to be an activist when I passed the UPCAT. I was finally going to be an Iska (Iskolar ng Bayan). Of course I said yes like an obedient daughter. What did I know? But well, I immediately got involved in activities that brought me to the path of a true blue “tibak.” Or shall…

Lupang Tinubuan

Ang Pilipinas, may mahigit pitong libong isla. Maraming beach (at, oo, pati bitch). Pero ang mas inaasahan at pinagkakakitaan, mga lupang sakahan at mga dagat na pangisdaan. Dalawa sa bawat limang manggagawang Pilipino, nasa agrikultura. Dalawang piso sa bawat sampung piso ng Gross Domestic Product, mula sa sektor na ito. Kung isasama pa ang mga industriyang upstream at downstream, halos…