THE Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women reiterated its demand for P10,000 social amelioration and P15,000 agricultural production subsidy.
This was amid the oil price hikes affecting the prices of food and basic commodities, livelihood and household incomes of peasant families.
"Ayuda pa rin ang sigaw ng kababaihang magsasaka ngayong ika-dalawang taon ng lockdown. Lalong bumagsak nga ang kabuhayan dahil sa walang tigil na pagtaas ng presyo ng langis at pagkain," Amihan chair Zenaida Soriano said.
"Hanggang ngayong naka-Alert Level 1, hindi matapos-tapos ang krisis at inabutan na ng krisis sa presyo ng produktong langis," she added.
The federation said the surging prices of basic commodities was felt by peasant women in the countryside.
The P80 to 90 increases in prices of liquid petroleum gas or LPG from December 2021 up to March 2022 is another blow on top of the bankruptcies resulting from President Rodrigo Duterte's lockdown policies, Amihan said.
The farmers and peasant women decried the impact of Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Liberalization Law, which resulted in depressed palay farmgate prices, soaring fertilizer prices, and the recent impact of oil price hike to agricultural production, Soriano said.
March 16, 2022
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