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BREAKINGand DSWD-12 gives 2K bags of rice to protesting farmers

Local News • 02:02 AM Tue Apr 26, 2016
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Farmers unload DSWD-12 donated rice, vow to end protest action. (Radyo Bida Koronadal_

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rally where they demanded rice subsidy from the government after getting part of their demand.

This after the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-12) turned over to rally organizers 2,000
bags of rice.

We will terminate our rally
today but farmers will stay overnight here and will go home tomorrow (Tuesday),”
Joselito Roxas of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) told reporters as
farmers unload bags of rice from hauler trucks at about 4:30 p.m.

We are happy with this even
our demand for 15,000 bags was not granted, at least this initial aid will help
us,” Roxas said, adding that each rally participant will bring home one sack of
rice.

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has arrived, he said in Filipinoand You see, there is rice, why the government
did not disperse them to drought victims.”

We consider this as
victory,” Roxas said following a dialogue with representatives from DSWD and Department
of Agriculture and the South Cotabato provincial crisis management.

DA also promised to extend
us fertilizers and other farm inputs and will be distributed in the farmers’
communities in the coming days,” Roxas added.

Pasalamat kami nga walay
dispersal nga nahitabo (We are happy no dispersal took place),” he said.

Each person who attended
the rally will bring home one sack of rice,” Roxas said, explaining for a
family of four participants, they will receive four sacks.

It was quiet at the rally
site where protesters were resting at past 4 p.m. when three hauler trucks with
DSWD markings arrived.

The farmers came close and were
told the cargoes were for them. Police stationed nearby moved backward, DSWD
personnel alighted from the truck and let the farmers unload the goods.

Farmers were chanting, Salamat” Yehhey.” No
commotion, no grabbing have occurred.

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