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APECO’s Story: Two Visions of Development Contend in Land Grab Case

APECO’s Story: Two Visions of Development Contend in Land Grab Case

May 22, 2013

By Jerik Cruz Down at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, sheltered from the Pacific ocean by the San Idelfonso peninsula, the first infrastructures of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO) are slowly rising. Along the shore, where some fisherfolk used to live, now runs a 1.2-kilometer airstrip. Less than ten minutes away, on a road still strewn...

Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reform

Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reform

May 21, 2013

(Excerpts from the longer report/publication recently released by Focus, entitled The State of Agrarian Reform Under President Benigno Aquino III's Government) Download the report here Twenty-four years of implementation, still counting and with completion nowhere here near in sight. This amount of time that Philippine Government has taken to implement and...

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer

Feb 13, 2012

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer Task Force Anti-APECO— February 2012   APECO, or the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone, is the special economic zone that is now being built in the once-tranquil town of Casiguran. Shepherded by the powerful Angara dynasty, and pledged to bring economic progress to one of the 20 poorest provinces in...

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority

Feb 12, 2012

Position Paper on RA 10083 or the law creating the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority   Republic Act 10083 creates Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO). It amends RA 9490, which created the Aurora Special Economic Zone.  RA 9490 legislates the creation of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on 500 hectares of public...

Why Asia’s Farmers Deserve Protection

Why Asia’s Farmers Deserve Protection

Jan 15, 2012

Why Asia's Farmers Deserve Protection By Walden Bello "One of the terrible truths of the 20th century is that it was a blight on small farmers or peasants everywhere. Before looking at the question of whether Asia's farmers need protection, it is necessary to consider this historical background." In both wealthy capitalist economies and in socialist countries,...

It’s Time to Outlaw Land-Grabbing, Not to Make it “Responsible”!

It’s Time to Outlaw Land-Grabbing, Not to Make it “Responsible”!

Jan 15, 2012

It's Time to Outlaw Land-Grabbing, Not to Make it "Responsible"! Statement On 18-20 April 2011, a gathering of some 200 farmland investors, government officials and international civil servants will meet at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC to discuss how to operationalise "responsible" large-scale land acquisitions. Over in Rome, the Committee on...