“The government should waive payment of irrigation fees in national irrigation systems; erase all unpaid back accounts of irrigation associations, farmers in national irrigation systems; and, subsidize irrigation fees in communal irrigation systems.”
Delays in government irrigation projects, and unresolved inquiries and cases of corruption pertaining to these are costing taxpayers millions since 2002. But in the end, it is the small farmers bear the brunt of corruption, said IBON Foundation Research Head Jose Enrique Africa.
The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP or Peasant Movement of the Philippines) called on local government units and landlords to help the farmers most affected by the dry spells that hit the country, either in the form of assistance or a moratorium in land rent. BY AUBREY MAKILAN Bulatlat Vol. VII, No.…