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House OKs bill creating trust fund for coconut farmers

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The passage of the bill once again steals the coconut levy fund from the farmers, according to progressive congressmen who oppose the measure

DEDUCTIONS. A coconut farmers shows documents to prove that the government deducted levies on coconut farmers' products. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Fil-am singer Angelica Hale finishes second in 'America's Got Talent'

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:31 AM

The top prize goes to ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer

ANGELICA HALE. The singing sensation finishes the competition in second place. Screengrab from YouTube.com/AmericasGotTalent

WATCH: Keeping the organic coffee farming tradition in Sagada alive

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The Coffee Heritage Project is a simple movement that promotes a fruitful collaboration amongst partner farmers scientists soil specialists etymologists and any person who has the heart for uplifting the value of Philippine coffee

ORGANIC COFFEE. Organic arabica coffee cherries. Photo by Marti Bartolome
COFFEE FARMERS. Rich Watanabe with Sagada partner farmers. Photo by Marti Bartolome

PLANTING. Coffee Heritage Project planting, June 2017. Photo by Marti Bartolome
PROCESSING. Coffee grinding at the Coffee Heritage House. Photo by Marti Bartolome

Filipino millennials helping farmers cope with climate change

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:52 AM

RiceUp Filipino Farmers is a social enterprise that helps local farmers become resilient and self sustaining even when the odds are not in their favor

SOCIAL GOOD. Students from Hawaii started RiceUp to help Filipino farmers cope with climate change. Photos by Roy Joseph Roberto

How to protect farmers from disasters, climate risk

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Microinsurance adaptation and risk mitigation help build the resilience of the agricultural sector

READY FOR DISASTERS. Cebuana Lhuillier, with the support of the Insurance Commission, Climate Change Commission, and the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), holds a forum on August 9, 2017 in Makati City to discuss ways to foster disaster resilience among micro, small, and medium enterprises, farmers, and fisherfolk. Photo courtesy of Cebuana Lhuillier

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Change did not happen an indigenous peoples group says

PEOPLE'S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte's 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives would now convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between their versions of the bill

IRRIGATION. Rice farmers are in need of free irrigation to free them from the burden of paying service fees to the National Irrigation Administration. File photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

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What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Maawa naman kayo,’ detained Ilocos Norte officials tell House

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The good government committee tells the officials If you’re not willing to answer any questions wala po kaming magagawa kundi ibalik kayo sa detention cell

EMOTIONAL WITNESSES. Ilocos Norte officials Genedine Jambaro and Eden Battulayan tear up in front of lawmakers during the hearing on June 20. Photo by Rappler

'Mastermind' muzzling Ilocos Norte execs in House probe, says Fariñas

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Asked whether he was referring to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says Your guess is as good as mine maybe even better

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says only by telling the truth before lawmakers will the Ilocos Norte officials be released from detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Cruel' for House to still detain Ilocos Norte officials – Bongbong Marcos

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos says he feels sorry for the situation of the officials claiming they are beginning to suffer symptoms while in detention

THE VISTOR. Former senator Bongbong Marcos steps out of the House Legislative Building, where 6 Ilocos Norte officials are detained. Photo from the Marcos camp

Alvarez calls CA justices ‘idiots’ over detention case of Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:51 PM

The House of Representatives rejects a Court of Appeals ruling ordering an explanation for detaining 6 Ilocos Norte officials who were deemed uncooperative in a committee hearing

NOT BUDGING. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez refuses to let go of the Ilocos Norte officials still detained at the House despite a CA ruling ordering their release. File photo by Rappler

House defies CA order to release detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The CA orders the officials release on June 9 but Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says they have questioned the court s jurisdiction over Congress contempt powers

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotional on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel orders her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ilocos Norte officials detained in House seek writ of habeas corpus

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who had initiate the probe doubts the Court of Appeals will find their detention illegal because they gave dismissive answers to the committee

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotiona on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel ordered her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

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House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco funds probe

May 29, 2017 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED The House committee on good government and public accountability also detains 6 Ilocos Norte officials for giving dismissive answers during the hearing

SUBPOENAED. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. File photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

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May 19, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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Farmers finally occupy parts of Lapanday-managed farm

May 18, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano asks police and military to provide round the clock security for the 159 farmers lin Tagum City for two days

LAND, FINALLY. Agrarian reform authorities, on 3rd attempt, are able to place 159 farmers in the 0.79-hectare property within the Lapanday-managed farm in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds go to Imee Marcos' pet projects

May 17, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos daughter Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015

TOBACCO FUND MISUSE? Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Farinas leads a probe on alleged tobacco funds misuse in his own province. Rappler photo

Duterte invites Tagum farmers to Manila Hotel dinner

May 10, 2017 - 12:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the farmers from Davao del Norte to give him more time to resolve their land issue with Lapanday Foods Corporation

LOOK: Duterte meets picketing Davao del Norte farmers

May 09, 2017 - 8:18 PM

The farmers from Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Incorporated are agrarian reform beneficiaries who were forcibly evicted from a 145 hectare banana plantation in Tagum City

DIALOGUE. President Rodrigo Duterte goes to the picket line at the foot of Mendiola Bridge near Malacañang to talk to the farmers from Tagum City, Davao del Norte. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Artists pay tribute to farmers, carabaos in Binatbatan Festival of Arts

May 06, 2017 - 9:38 PM

See Vigan s colorful culture and history depicted on carabaos at the Binatbatan Festival of Arts

All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Farmers break Hacienda Luisita walls

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Protesters claim that the land allegedly belonging to RCBC should have been distributed to them 5 years ago following a Supreme Court ruling

BREAKING DOWN THE WALL. Militant farmers and supporters destroy a portion of the wall allegedly belonging to RCBC in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac on April 24, 2017. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Zamboanga farmer grows 'rainbow corn'

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Known as glass gem corn in Central America the rainbow corn variety is introduced in Zamboanga by farmer Mark Basaluddin

FIRST FRUITS. Mark Basaluddin's first harvest yielded rainbow corns like the following. Photo courtesy of Mark Basaluddin

A year after Kidapawan clash, groups condemn killings of farmers

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Since June last year 16 farmers Lumad and land rights defenders have already been killed says Pedro Arnado chair of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Southern Mindanao Region

STOP. Groups protest against the killings of farmers under the Duterte administration. All photos c/o Kilab Multimedia

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

Piñol urges farmers to use guide map for crop planning

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:29 PM

The color coded guide map provides data that farmers need to identify the type of crops suitable for their land

GUIDE MAP. Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol encourage local farmers to use the government's new color-coded guide map to plot the type of crops suited for their lands. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Visiting the Ifugao rice terraces? A few things to reflect on

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Here are beautiful sights and beautiful people whose stories are worth sharing

WATCH: Helping farmers through agricultural biotechnology

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:59 AM

The UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society strives to uphold awareness on the ways means and science behind agricultural biotechnology to help students and farmers alike

Human rights group says 75 activists missing in Rizal

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Karapatan reports the incident a day after troops and communist rebels clashed in the area

4 things to know about the Mendiola Massacre

Jan 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Agrarian Reform Chief Rafael “Ka Paeng” V Mariano then secretary general of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas is one of the many farmers who were at the Mendiola protest in 1987

ANNIVERSARY. Rallyists gather at Mendiola Peace in Manila arc during the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre on January 22, 1987. 13 people were killed in the said clash between militants and government authorities. Photos by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Coco levy fund scam: Gold for the corrupt, crumbs for farmers

Jan 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Part 1: Many coconut farmers have died waiting in vain and with them went the hope they would one day reap the rewards of what s seen as among the biggest scams of the century

Landbank to provide P115B in loans to small farmers, fishermen by 2022

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Landbank will initiate a re engineering of the credit facilities for small stakeholders in the agriculture sector and encourage them to enter into corporatives

TRIPLING LENDING. Possible cash crops that farmers can plant under the corporative are palm oil, rubber, banana, coconut, cacao and abaca, which have high export potentials. Rappler file photo

DAR issues cease and desist order vs Lapanday Foods

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The order comes after a series of reported assaults against farmer beneficiaries in a 145 hectare banana plantation

FARMER PROTECTION. Agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano issues a cease and desist order against Lapanda Food Corporation after a series of reported assaults against DAR farmer beneficiaries. Photo from DAR

House approves bill that removes uniform cigarette tax

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance

PASSED. The House of Representatives gives its nod to House Bill Number 4144 on December 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House okays 2-tier cigarette tax bill on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:50 PM

House ways and means panel chair Dakila Cua says HB 4144 if passed into law would generate additional P14 billion in government revenue

ONE MORE STEP. HB 4144 hurdles its second reading at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF: Bill imposing 2-tier tax on cigarettes won't benefit farmers

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The House committee on ways and means approves HB 4144 after only two committee deliberations

PASSED THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. The House ways and means committee approves HB Number 4144 on December 5.

LOOK BACK: Philippine protests that turned bloody

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Filipinos have the constitutional right to peaceably assemble but these protests against the government sometimes end in bloody clashes with police

DISPERSAL. Activists clash with police while protesting alleged US presence in the country. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Coron farmers group wants justice for slain leader

Sep 26, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Farmers in Basuanga want the killer of peasant leader Arnel Figueroa jailed Figueroa s murder was caught on video

SLAIN FARMER. Arnel Figueroa dies after a heated exchange with the blue guards of the Bureau of Animal Industry in Coron, Palawan. Screengrab from video

Gov't to prohibit conversion of agricultural lands for 2 years

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says the planned moratorium will protect the 4 7 million hectares of land already awarded to farmer beneficiaries

IN A DECADE. The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council was convened for the first time since 2006.

Farmers' group leader killed in Isabela

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Ariel Diaz who had actively campaigned against landgrabbing in Isabela is the 5th farmer gunned down in Luzon in less than a week

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

DBM questioned on budget cut for coconut farmers

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:57 PM

They are the poorest in the Philippines They earn only on the average P50 a day or P1 500 a month We should do something says Senator Cynthia Villar

File photo by WorldVision

Putting 'half rice' on the menu

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Why half rice should be offered for rice loving Philippines