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Mabuting Halimbawa

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo

Mabuting Halimbawa

ni: Harvey S. Keh, Abante

http://abante.com.ph/issue/oct1210/op_hk.htm

Nagulat at nalungkot ako sa mga naging paratang ni DILG Usec. Rico Puno na si DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo raw at ang kanyang grupo ang isa sa mga nais magpatalsik sa kanya sa puwesto.
Halos araw-araw kaming nag-uusap ni Sec. Robredo at sa totoo lang ni minsan ay hindi niya binanggit sa akin na nais niyang mawala sa DILG si Puno.
Parati ngang sinasabi sa amin ni Robredo na nirerespeto niya si Puno at wala siyang nagiging problema sa pakikipagtrabaho sa kanya, kaya talagang nakakagulat na itinuturo ngayon ni Puno si Robredo na isa sa mga nais sumira sa kanya.
Wala ring katotohanan na si Robredo ang siyang nagsulsol kay Archbishop Oscar Cruz na ilaglag ang pangalan ni Puno patungkol sa jueteng payola.
Patunay rito ay noon ngang ibinunyag ni Cruz na may dalawang malapit kay Presidente Noynoy Aquino na tumatanggap ng jueteng payola ay kaagad na tumawag sa akin si Robredo at tinanong sa akin kung kilala ko kung sino ang dalawang ito.
Nakiusap pa sa akin si Robredo na kung pwede ay itanong ko sa mga malapit kay Cruz kung sino ang dalawang tinutukoy ng arsobispo.
Kung si Robredo nga ang nagbigay ng pangalan ni Puno kay Cruz, bakit naman kailangan pa niya akong utusan para saliksikin kung sino ang mga taong tinutukoy niya?
Naiintindihan ko naman si Puno na nais niya lamang linisin ang kanyang pangalan ngunit sana ay huwag naman sa paraang makakasira siya ng pangalan ng iba.
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Naging maganda ang talakayan namin nitong nakaraang Biyernes sa Bgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City patungkol sa unang 100 araw ni PNoy.
Iba’t ibang mga grupo ang dumating at naging maganda ang mga pagbibigay nila ng kanilang mga opinyon patungkol sa administrasyong Aquino.
Isa sa mga nagustuhan ko ay iyong binanggit ni Soc Banzuela ng grupong PAKISAMA kung saan sinabi niya na bilang kinatawan ng mga magsasaka, umaasa silang ibabahagi na ni PNoy ang Hacienda Luisita sa mga magsasaka.
Mahalaga kasi ito upang maipakita ni PNoy na seryoso siya sa repormang pang-agraryo sa ating bayan. Paano nga naman susunod ang ibang malalaking may-ari ng lupa sa ating bansa kung ang mismong pamilya ng Presidente ay ayaw namang sumunod sa batas?
Nakita na natin nitong nakaraang ilang buwan na noong huminto sa paggamit ng wangwang si PNoy ay huminto na rin ang iba pang mahilig sa wangwang.
Dapat ay patuloy na maging mabuting halimbawa si PNoy at siya na mismo ang mag-utos na ibahagi na ang Hacienda Luisita.
Huwag sana siyang magpadala sa mga impluwensya ng ilang nakapaligid sa kanya na pawang pansariling interes lamang ang iniisip.
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Land distribution will not solve the problem of Hacienda Luisita

August 12, 2010 1 comment

More than 20 years since the first Land Reform law took effect during the time of the late President Cory Aquino, the issue of Hacienda Luisita has yet to be resolved. In my opinion, the real problem is not so much the distribution of land or stock options to the farmers but more of how to help our farners uplift their lives. Lets look at two future scenarios, assuming that the farmers get their land, will they have enough money to be able to plant and maintain their farms or will they fall victim to loan sharks that will leave them again with just a few thousand pesos after 3 months of hard labor. Assuming that they get the stock options which could easily give some of them P 10,000 to P 30,000, will this amount be enough to sustain their daily lives? I am sure that after just two to three months this amount will run out, then what happens to the poor farmer? They will just go back to a life of poverty.

The situation in Hacienda Luisita reflects the sad plight of millions of farmers all over the country wherein without much support from our government institutions, they are often left at the mercy of loan sharks and middlemen who will take advantage of their lack of capital so that they end up earning more than the poor farm who toiled for several months under the sun. Even if the land is indeed given to the farmers, the government must put into place enough programs that would link up the farmers directly to the consumers and the market so that they no longer have to go through greedy middlemen who often pay them a pittance compared to the real market price of their crops. An up to date education training program must also be provided to farmers so that they can be abreast with the latest trends and technologies that can help them improve their harvest.

Our government should also ensure that proper financing through rural banks or microfinance institutions are readily available to our farmers so that they no longer have to be at the mercy of the loan sharks. Moreover, perhaps government should further develop a calamity insurance system that would allow farmers to insure their crops against natural calamaties such as typhoons that often destroy their crops and leave them penniless and burdened with debt. Finally, government should make sure that the rampant smuggling of rice, corn and sugar that was prevalent during the previous administration be stopped immediately. Smuggling of these imported products has lowered the prices of locally produced crops, leaving farmers with no choice but to sell their products at a price that wouldn’t even allow them to recoup their costs.

More than land distribution, the issue of hacienda luisita should be an eye opener to our government leaders to the plight of our farmers, many of whom live with less than 50 pesos a day because even if you give them the land, they will just sell it back to the landowners just so they can put food on the table for their families.