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January 31, 1988
The Philippines' influential Catholic Bishops Conference expressed impatience at the slow pace of a land reform program signed into law last year, a church spokesman said. Reporting on the three-day annual meeting of the 100-member conference, Father Teodoro Buhain noted that the bishops last July issued a pastoral letter urging President Corazon Aquino to enact a program for landless farmers.
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BUSINESS
May 27, 1997 | OLIVER TEVES, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For most of this century, sugar was king. A handful of barons controlled the Philippines' top export commodity, accumulated vast fortunes and ruled their fiefdoms with iron fists and private armies. But big sugar producers are now begging for help, saying they will be forced out of business along with more than 60,000 workers if tariffs on imported sugar are reduced as planned in July. "If nothing changes . . . most sugar producers will be on the verge of bankruptcy," Negros Occidental Gov.
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BUSINESS
May 27, 1997 | OLIVER TEVES, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For most of this century, sugar was king. A handful of barons controlled the Philippines' top export commodity, accumulated vast fortunes and ruled their fiefdoms with iron fists and private armies. But big sugar producers are now begging for help, saying they will be forced out of business along with more than 60,000 workers if tariffs on imported sugar are reduced as planned in July. "If nothing changes . . . most sugar producers will be on the verge of bankruptcy," Negros Occidental Gov.
NEWS
April 16, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A Filipino American activist group is seeking donors to sponsor peasant farmers in the Philippines who are lobbying for agrarian land reform. The Philippine Peasant Support Network, which uses the acronym PESANTE, has been sending clothing, shoes and medicine to poor farmers in the Philippines since 1991. But the organization needs help expanding its services to support activist farmers financially while they take time off from farming to lobby for reforms.
NEWS
July 24, 1987 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Just a few hours after Philippine President Corazon Aquino signed a land-reform law that she labled "historic" and "comprehensive," the leaders of 14 landowner organizations signed a protest declaration Wednesday, pledging to defend their estates with private armies or even to destroy their crops rather than cede them to the government.
NEWS
April 14, 1990 | Reuters
President Corazon Aquino declared a state of public calamity Friday in two southern Philippine provinces among the worst hit by a drought. Aquino ordered relief assistance and rehabilitation for more than 5,200 families farming in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur provinces, 500 miles south of Manila. The directive did not specify what form of assistance would be given to the farmers.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1992 | TERESA ALBOR, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
They call it "designer rice." Imagine the world's most important food crop genetically engineered to grow sturdier and faster, produce more grain, naturally repel pests, and fertilize the soil with nitrogen nutrients the same way legumes do. Although it sounds like a fantasy, the scenario is perhaps no more fantastic than the near-doubling of average rice yields in Asia that has occurred since the mid-1960s.
NEWS
June 11, 1988 | United Press International
President Corazon Aquino on Friday signed into law a controversial bill outlining the redistribution of land to tenant farmers in a program that the Philippine government said could change the face of the country. The law has been criticized by leftist groups who say it exempts most agricultural lands, including Aquino's family plantation.
NEWS
June 8, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Philippine Congress today approved a land-reform bill aimed at easing one of the most critical problems in the country--the disparity between rich and poor that has polarized much of society and fueled a bloody insurgency. In a marathon session that lasted through the night, the House approved the bill 152 to 20. The Senate had already approved it. President Corazon Aquino has indicated that she will sign the measure before leaving next week on a state visit to Europe.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Philippine President Corazon Aquino on Wednesday signed a sweeping and controversial land reform program aimed at redistributing large tracts of farm acreage--virtually all private agricultural holdings in the nation--to millions of landless peasants. Presidential spokesman Teodoro Benigno said the decree covers all public and private agricultural land except that held by "cultural minorities." He said Aquino has told members of her Cabinet to support the program or resign.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1992 | TERESA ALBOR, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
They call it "designer rice." Imagine the world's most important food crop genetically engineered to grow sturdier and faster, produce more grain, naturally repel pests, and fertilize the soil with nitrogen nutrients the same way legumes do. Although it sounds like a fantasy, the scenario is perhaps no more fantastic than the near-doubling of average rice yields in Asia that has occurred since the mid-1960s.
NEWS
April 14, 1990 | Reuters
President Corazon Aquino declared a state of public calamity Friday in two southern Philippine provinces among the worst hit by a drought. Aquino ordered relief assistance and rehabilitation for more than 5,200 families farming in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur provinces, 500 miles south of Manila. The directive did not specify what form of assistance would be given to the farmers.
NEWS
June 11, 1988 | United Press International
President Corazon Aquino on Friday signed into law a controversial bill outlining the redistribution of land to tenant farmers in a program that the Philippine government said could change the face of the country. The law has been criticized by leftist groups who say it exempts most agricultural lands, including Aquino's family plantation.
NEWS
June 8, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Philippine Congress today approved a land-reform bill aimed at easing one of the most critical problems in the country--the disparity between rich and poor that has polarized much of society and fueled a bloody insurgency. In a marathon session that lasted through the night, the House approved the bill 152 to 20. The Senate had already approved it. President Corazon Aquino has indicated that she will sign the measure before leaving next week on a state visit to Europe.
NEWS
January 31, 1988
The Philippines' influential Catholic Bishops Conference expressed impatience at the slow pace of a land reform program signed into law last year, a church spokesman said. Reporting on the three-day annual meeting of the 100-member conference, Father Teodoro Buhain noted that the bishops last July issued a pastoral letter urging President Corazon Aquino to enact a program for landless farmers.
NEWS
July 24, 1987 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Just a few hours after Philippine President Corazon Aquino signed a land-reform law that she labled "historic" and "comprehensive," the leaders of 14 landowner organizations signed a protest declaration Wednesday, pledging to defend their estates with private armies or even to destroy their crops rather than cede them to the government.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Philippine President Corazon Aquino said Tuesday that she and her family will give up their 12,000-acre family hacienda only if they are required by law to do so. At the same time, she announced a nationwide land reform program that she said she hopes to finance through the sale of bankrupt firms financed by government loans in the Marcos era.
NEWS
April 16, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A Filipino American activist group is seeking donors to sponsor peasant farmers in the Philippines who are lobbying for agrarian land reform. The Philippine Peasant Support Network, which uses the acronym PESANTE, has been sending clothing, shoes and medicine to poor farmers in the Philippines since 1991. But the organization needs help expanding its services to support activist farmers financially while they take time off from farming to lobby for reforms.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Philippine President Corazon Aquino on Wednesday signed a sweeping and controversial land reform program aimed at redistributing large tracts of farm acreage--virtually all private agricultural holdings in the nation--to millions of landless peasants. Presidential spokesman Teodoro Benigno said the decree covers all public and private agricultural land except that held by "cultural minorities." He said Aquino has told members of her Cabinet to support the program or resign.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Philippine President Corazon Aquino said Tuesday that she and her family will give up their 12,000-acre family hacienda only if they are required by law to do so. At the same time, she announced a nationwide land reform program that she said she hopes to finance through the sale of bankrupt firms financed by government loans in the Marcos era.
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