Protesting farmers remind gov’t of promised rice
KORONADAL CITY—Drought-stricken farmers, who barricaded the government regional center here to ask for rice subsidy, returned home on Tuesday, carrying one sack of rice each, but organizers said they would resume their protest if the government failed to provide the additional rice aid and farm inputs.
Joselito Roxas, speaking for Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), said the farmers agreed to go back to their communities in North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces after the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave them 2,000 bags of rice in initial assistance on Monday afternoon.
“We are happy with this even if our demand for 15,000 bags was not granted, at least this initial aid is already a big help for us,” Roxas said, adding that it was lamentable that they had to hold a protest first before help arrived.
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