Over 100 delegates to attend KAMACA
ROXAS CITY, Capiz -- More than 100 peasant-delegates from all over the Capiz Province are expected to attend in Kahublagan sang Mangunguma sa Capiz (KAMACA) provincial assembly on April 30 and May 1.
The assembly aims to consolidate the peasant's movement and organizations in Capiz. It also hopes to unite them in various issues confronting the peasants all over the province.
The delegation has already represented 11 out of 16 municipalities of Capiz Province.
Representatives of the indigenous people's organizations found in the hinterlands of Tapaz and Jamindan will also be attending the assembly, said Melchor Asupardo, chair of KAMACA.
"They do not only represent the biggest ethno-linguistic group in Panay but they are also confronting the biggest landgrabbing issue in the whole island," Asupardo added.
To recall, at least 30,000 hectares of ancestral land in Tapaz and Jamindan have been arrogated as military reservation in 1962 by then president Diosdado Macapagal.
At least 24 indigenous communities are affected by wargames and weapons testing activities held within the military reservation.
"The experience of the tumanduk people is by no means an exception,: Asupardo revealed.
Asupardo said, "large-scale mining operations, with military backing, have displaced and threatened the communities found in the mountainous areas of the province."
"The assembly delegates will also participate in May 1 activities to commemmorate the International Labor Day," Asupardo added.
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.APRIL 27, 2001
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