November 30, 1992 |
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.
April 14, 1990 |
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.
June 11, 1988 |
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.
June 8, 1988 |
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.
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.
July 24, 1987 |
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.