Philippines

Gov’t reviewing big land-lease deals

Lease contracts covering millions of hectares of agricultural lands signed by the Philippines Department of Agriculture with foreign entities during the Arroyo administration are currently being reviewed to determine if they are in accord with the current administration’s food security plan.

SMC urged to tap contract farmers

The Philippines agriculture department plans to persuade San Miguel Corp to resort to contract growing instead of leasing state land when it undertakes a planned farming venture.

Group says US desire to own land in PH behind fresh bid on charter change

"The desire of foreign monopoly capitalists in the US to acquire lands in PH is an open book. It is not a best kept secret. The monopolists in the US also want 100 percent ownership of other profitable sectors in the Philippines including but not limited to mining, eco-tourism, energy, public utilities, mass media, oil and gas, health and education."

International group probes alleged land-grab by foreign firms

An international fact-finding team is in the country to investigate the alleged land-grabbing by Philippine, Japanese and Taiwanese companies of some 11,000 hectares from indigenous peoples in Isabela to build the biggest bio-ethanol project in the Philippines.