Tacloban City – The on-going nationwide LAKBAYAN is determined and unambiguous to carry out the issue in Eastern Visayas on depth hunger and poverty to Metro Manila in commemoration of Mendiola Massacre this January 22, 2010, and to inform Malacañang that their hunger mitigation program has failed and is the right time for the government to pay their irresponsible and neglect of duties particularly on land grabbing issue in Leyte Saba Basin area.
“This is the right time to learn the lesson of the past, we need to be resolute and determined to push thru the interest of the peasants for a genuine land reform and justice because we know that those who are in position today is not serious to solve the principal problem of the farmers” lamented Jose Tico, Spokesperson of SAGUPA-SB.
In the latest SWS survey, 4.4 million houses experience hunger in the Philippines and here in region 8 the magnitude of poverty is estimated at 1.9 million last year 2009.
If we can remember, the LAKBAYAN went to Eastern Visayas last Thursday from Davao and Cagayan De Oro in Mindanao where around 50 people welcome the delegation at the UP Botanical Park and proceed for picket-rally at Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-8) office in Tacloban City. Afterwards, they went to Calbayog City for a torch parade and a warmed welcome of 500 farmers in Catarman, Northern Samar meets the Lakbayanis before going to Bicol region.