5/29/2006

5/27/2006

Kritiko

Bago. Kung nais mong punahin, ayos lang.

“Sagot sa kahirapan,
Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice!”


Nakita ko ito na naka-paskil sa
gilid ng isang truck sa
Naga City, Bicol.
Napa-isip ako. Ang galing!
Kakaibang perspektibo!
Napaka-moderno!

Kung gayon, ano kaya ang
implikasyon nito:

Ilang Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice
kaya ang kailangan upang
mabili ng magsasaka ang lupang
kanyang pinagsasakahan?

Ilang Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice
ang kailangan upang makapagtayo
ng barung-barong ang isang pamilya?

Ilang Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice
ang kailangan ng manggagawa upang
tumaas ang sahod niya?

Ilang Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice
ang kailangan ng magulang upang
maisalba ang anak nilang babae
sa kahalayan?

Ilang Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice
ang kailangan upang matugunan ang
gastusin sa pag-aaral sa isang magandang
paaralan?

At higit sa lahat:
Ilang Pun-de-sal at Nutri-slice
ang kailangan upang ang hinaing
ng masa ay marinig,
mapakinggan, at
matugunan?
-5/26/06

5/17/2006

"We are the children of our times..."

Nais ko lang ibahagi ang news article na ito.

5/15/2006

Belated post: Dapat nung Araw ng Manggagawa pa ito e

Ayos lang naman. Nagtext siya kaning 330pm na tutungo silang Mendiola. Ire-reclaim uli. Sana nga ma-reclaim. Kaso dumaan kami kanina ng Mendiola papunta sa Liwasan. Lahat ata ng pulis na sa Liwasan naka-deploy, andun lahat sa Mendiola. Sana ayos lang siya, sila; hindi pa siya nagtetext uli e.

Ganun talaga e. May mga bagay na kailangan kang gawin kahit na alam mong posibleng masaktan ka, o ikamatay mo. Dahil may responsibilidad kang magsalita para sa mga hindi makapagsalita. Ang lumaban para sa hindi makalaban. At ayusin ang lipunang ipamamana mo sa susunod na henersayon. Para hindi na nila kailangang dumanas ng hirap. Para hindi na nila danasin ang hirap ng pakikibaka.

Ingat ka, Mahal. Dala mo ang ating pangarap: ang isang malayang lipunan para sa ating magiging anak, at sa mga kasama niya.



Update: Ayos, hindi sila yung binanatan, at nakapagprograma pa raw sa may Mendiola.

Walang hanggang paalam

Huling araw ko na yata ito ng OJT sa Bulatlat. Nagpunta ako kahit na wala akong article dahil nagdala ako ng pagkain. Bente na kasi ako sa sunod na araw.

Nag-ayos na rin ako ng kailangan ipasa sa 15. Evaluation form, atbp.

Hindi ako nag-paalam. Dahil susulat pa rin ako, lalo na kung may oras ako. Hindi dahil sa obligasyon, kundi dahil gusto ko. Marami akong natutunan na alam kong kahit kailan, hindi ko matututunan sa loob ng silid-aralan. Kaya gusto ko sana na ipagpatuloy ko ang karanasan na ito.

Bago ng karanasan na ito, akala ko mulat na ako. Mas lalo akong namulat. Ang dami kong nakasama, naka-usap, naranasan. At sana, tuloy-tuloy na ito.

Kadalasan, makakakita ka lamang ng pagbabago sa iyong sarili kapag nagbabalik-tanaw ka pagkaraan ng mahabang panahon, buwan man ang bibilangin, o taon. Sa aking karanasan ngayon, hindi ito totoo. Iniisip ko pa lang ngayon, binabasa ko ang mga naisulat ko, alam ko na nagbago ako. Pagbabago, na masasabi kong malaki.

Baka nga hindi ko na mamukhaan sarili ko kapag pumapasok na uli ako sa St. Paul, naka-uniporme, nagkaklase. Ang daming nangyari, pakiramdam ko hindi lang dalawang buwan ang lumipas mula nang huli kong hinubad ang uniporme ko, kundi taon.

Sa buhay ko ngayon, naiba ang pagtingin ko sa maraming bagay. Tuwing dumadaan ako ng Gateway, naaalala ko si Mang Delphin, na hindi na maipasyal ang pamilya niya sa sobrang liit ng kita niya. Sa McDo, ang libu-libong manggagawang hindi makabili ni kanin man lang. Sa SM, libu-libong manggagawa na walang permanenteng trabaho, dahil sila’y mga contractual workers lamang ni Sy.

Ngayon ko lamang nasuri ang buhay ko ng ganito kalinaw. At ngayon ko lang din naisip na ako pala’y nakatira sa loob ng isang bula: nakakakita ng nagaganap sa kapaligiran, ngunit walang naririnig, walang nararamdaman.

Buti na lamang at nalusaw na ang bula.

5/11/2006

Update sa Hasyenda Luisita

Ito'y mula sa Bulatlat.

Hacienda Luisita Farmers Demand Full Land Distribution

Farm workers of Hacienda Luisita are challenging President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to prove that she is not merely using the Hacienda Luisita issue to spite former Pres. Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, heir to the Luisita estate and one of the president’s main political opponents.
BY DABET CASTAƑEDA Bulatlat

Farm workers of Hacienda Luisita, the 6,419-hectare sugar estate owned and operated by the influential Cojuangco clan of Tarlac for the last five decades, demand the immediate distribution of the whole property after the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) ruled with finality the revocation of the estate's Stock Distribution Plan (SDP).

The vast sugar estate located at the boundaries of three major municipalities of Tarlac province - Tarlac City, Concepcion and La Paz - comprise of 10 barangays (villages) and the Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT), the second largest sugar mill the country. It is also where a massacre of seven farmers took place Nov. 16, 2004 during the bloodiest picketline dispersal in the country's history. Hacienda Luisita was subjected to land reform in 1989 when one of the Cojuangco family's heir, Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, was president. However, the land reform scheme adopted was the SDP where only stock certificates instead of actual land parcels were distributed to the beneficiaries. The Stock Distribution Option (SDO) provided by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) allows landlords to run landholdings like a corporation wherein the farmer-beneficiaries are given stocks in exchange for land. Through the SDO, the Cojuangco's parceled out and declared only 4,915 ha. of the hacienda as subject to land reform and placed it under the corporate name Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI). The rest of the 2,000 ha. of the sugar land were declared non-agricultural.

The hacienda, located at the boundaries of three major municipalities of Tarlac – Tarlac City, Concepcion and La Paz – is comprised of 10 barangays (villages) and the Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT), the second largest sugarmill the country. Seven striking farm workers were killed and more than a hundred wounded when police and military dispersed the picketline at the hacienda’s gate on Nov. 16, 2004.

Hacienda Luisita was subjected to land reform in 1989, under the administration of President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, an heir of the Cojuangco family. However, the land reform scheme adopted was the SDP where only stock certificates instead of actual land parcels were distributed to the beneficiaries.

The Stock Distribution Option (SDO) provided by Aquino’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) allows landlords to run landholdings like a corporation wherein the farmer-beneficiaries are given stocks in exchange for land.

Through the SDO, the Cojuangcos declared only 4,915 ha. of the hacienda as subject to land reform and placed it under the corporate name Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI). The remaining 2,000 ha. were declared non-agricultural.

After 16 years of the SDP's implementation in Luisita however, farmer beneficiaries petitioned for its revocation mainly because their lives have dipped to below poverty levels. In fact, in their petition, the FWBs reported to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) that their take-home pay went to as low as P9.50 a week. They also complained of unfair labor practices and illegal retrenchment.

Fruits of struggle
On Nov. 6, 2004, around 5,000 Luisita farm-workers and 700 mill workers staged a strike that lasted for 11 months. The strike was lifted on Dec. 8, 2005.

Rene Galang, a hacienda beneficiary and president of the United Luisita Workers' Union (ULWU), the farm-workers' union, said the strike succeeded in asserting their claim to the land. It was only during the strike that the DAR acted upon their petition for SDP revocation, he added.

"The PARC resolution to finally distribute the land could not have been achieved if not for the unwavering struggle of the hacienda people and the martyrdom of at least 14 of our co-workers and supporters," Galang said.

Seven other peasant leaders and their supporters have been killed by suspected military men since the strike. The latest victim was ULWU Board member, Tirso Cruz, who was slain by motorcycle-riding men at dawn of March 17. Another farmer-beneficiary, Ronald Intal, was abducted on April 3 and remains missing.

Land questions
Although Galang views the land distribution as a victory for the hacienda people, he said the issue raises many persistent land questions.

He said they would clarify with the DAR and the PARC all transactions entered into by HLI after the SDP implementation. He said these transactions entailed illegalities and must be carefully reviewed.

Galang said the illegalities include the conversion of 500 ha. sugar land to industrial and residential use, the 66-ha. Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway Project (SCTEP) of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) that will traverse through 90 km. of the hacienda, and the 40-ha. quarry contract in Concepcion and Tarlac City declared illegal by the Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR) on April 24.

Galang added that the ULWU had applied for lis pendens, or a notice that will warn all persons that the property is being disputed. They filed for the lis pendens after they discovered last year that a big chunk of the land have been mortgaged by HLI to the Bank of Commerce, without approval of the farmer-beneficiaries who own 30 percent of HLI stocks under the SDP.

Partial distribution
The Luisita land will only be partially distributed, DAR Undersecretary Narciso Nieto said in a phone interview with Bulatlat. Only the 4,915 has. declared by HLI as agricultural land will be distributed.

The DAR official said 95 percent of the beneficiaries have been identified, but they are ready to distribute only about 1,000 hectares to 1,000 beneficiaries in two barangays in Tarlac City. The distribution is expected to be made on June 10 on CARP’s 18th anniversary.

He said it would take DAR six months to one year to complete distribution of the covered agricultural land to more than 8,000 farm-worker beneficiaries. Nieto also said the DAR would be issuing a Collective Certificate of Land Acquisition (CLOA) instead of Individual CLOAs.

There will be one mother title for the estate that would include all the names of the beneficiaries. He said the hacienda has not less than five titles that the DAR still has to document and submitted to the Land Bank for valuation.

Challenge
After the PARC ruling, Macapagal-Arroyo received flack from HLI spokesperson and legal counsel Vigor Mendoza who charged the president of using the issue to get back at Aquino, a political opponent.

The former president has joined calls for Arroyo’s ouster after electoral fraud issues haunted Macapagal-Arroyo last year. Cojuangco-Aquino also lobbied for the president's impeachment last year and has now joined an anti-Charter Change alliance to counter the president's People's Initiative for Charter Change.

"We challenge the president to prove that she is not using the Hacienda Luisita issue to get back at the Cojuangcos by immediately distributing all of 6,000 hectares of the sugar land to the beneficiaries," Galang said.

"We also demand the immediate pull-out of military deployment in the hacienda and render justice to our martyred kin and supporters by punishing their murderers," Galang ended.

5/01/2006

Mapa-blogspot o livejournal, o tabulas ka man

Wala naman. Naiintriga lang ako. Sa makababasa nito, kung trip mo, sana matugunan mo ito:

Bakit ganyan ang username mo sa lj account mo?

Ako magsisimula. Saan nanggaling ang etsapwera?

Hango ito sa isang nobela ni Jun Cruz Reyes (ang paborito kong manunulat), na ang pamagat ay "Etsa-Pwera." Tungkol ito sa mga taong nasa laylayan ng kwentuhan kapag kasaysayan na ang pinag-uusapan. Sila yung mga hindi na masyadon napapansin.

Actually, family history siya nung persona. Yun nga lang, yung mga kamag-anak niya ay may nagawa rin pala sa kasaysayan, hindi nga lang masyadong hayag.

Marami nang naisulat si Jun Cruz Reyes, mula tula, maikling kwento, nobela. Ang paborito ko talagang akda niya e "Utos ng Hari", isang maikling kwento tungkol sa isang estudyante na malapit nang ma-kick out sa skwelahan niya, na kung tutuusin, e isang masamang balita. Ngunit sa kanya, parang "Good riddance!" lang ang hirit niya sa pangyayaring ito, dahil sa nararamdaman niyang malalang alienation di lang sa skwelahan niya, kundi sa buong sistema ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas.

Etsapwera ang naisip kong gamitin, dahil nais kong ialay ang aking account sa mga ineetsapwera sa lipunan, sa pamamagitan ng mga posts na may-kiling sa kanila.

Sana nga lang nagagawa ko nga yun.

O, ano? Game!