Dacongcogon farmers ask Aquino to reopen sugar mill-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
FARMERS and workers of Dacongcogon Sugar Central are asking the help of President Benigno Aquino III and the Negrense congressmen to look into their economic situation and reopen the Dacongcogon Sugar Mill in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Dacongcogon People’s Cooperative Organization chairman Rolando Parpa said in an interview Friday that several farmers about 10,000 of them who are members of the organization are affected of the non- operation of the sugar central for about four years already.
He said that displaced farmers are "suffering from economic dislocation” that also contributed to the ongoing social deterioration and rise of insurgency.
"We appeal to PNoy for assistance and intervention to restore the operation of sugar mill, which was not given attention," Parpa said adding that the situation in Dacongcogon is "typical example of how government indifference towards plight and welfare of thousands of hinterland poor can create problem of insurgency and rebellion."
People are caught in the crossfire between the military and the rebels, he added.
"We have high hopes that the congressmen would respond to our call," he emphasized, adding that "it would bring forth correct perspective of the creeping restive condition, which is an offshoot of poverty and abandonment.”
He added, "the government should demonstrate its sincerity in uplifting the poor to address insurgency and use its resources to help the people's cause in order to win peace."
Dacongcogon Sugar Central is now owned by the PNB.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 19, 2013.