BM asks PB: Look into plight of Clark farmers-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo asked the Provincial Board’s Agriculture and Human Rights committees to look into the concerns of some 208 farmers planting various crops inside the Clark Freeport.
During the regular session on Friday at the Capitol, Garbo said the farmers, majority of whom had been farming in the Freeport since 1978, had allegedly been “encountering problems with CDC (Clark Development Corporation) policies and restrictions.”
“Those farmers who approached me on their concerns, have been farming at Clark -- in the reservation and in areas at the back of Clark International Airport -- since the time of former President Marcos. Doon na sila tumanda. A major problem they are encountering right now is that they could not bring out their harvest of crops and they could not bring in their farm implements and inputs like fertilizers because of CDC restrictions. They told me that entry and exit points to the farmlands have been closed,” Garbo told Sun.Star Pampanga.
He added the farmers are seeking the intervention of the Provincial Board on their plight.
“The PB has set a meeting with representatives of the farmers and officials of the CDC very soon. We certainly would mediate and hear both sides for an amicable solution on this case,” Garbo said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 18, 2013.