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ARMM, Peacetalks & Malacañang’s Grant to Rebels

Malacañang Palace, as revealed to the public recently, has granted the Moro-Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] some P5 million peso dole-out. It is creating a stir in public.

People can debate and argue on the correctness of the move by government,  by Malacañang Palace executives actually, but fact is money has already been handed to and been received by the MILF. And never has it stirred much since a dozen and more of government soldiers had died in encounters with the MILF just some days ago. Rebels claimed that government soldiers went a-stray, whatever they meant by that. Government troopers were pursuing a kidnap for ransom group [KFR] operating in rebel controlled or operated territory when they were ambushed.

Government troopers. Lifted from Google search: Mindanao war

Abu Sayyaf fighters. Lifted from Google search: Mindanao war

About the grant, Malacañang has justified the move by saying that it was an agreement of the Arroyo administration in one of its secret meetings with the MILF and the new administration merely implemented it.

Talking about shrouded meetings between Malacañang and the rebels now reminds of the aborted MOA-AD by the past administration of President Arroyo. It appears the present Aquino administration has also been doing their own hushed meetings with the rebels like the ones that transpired in Japan, and in Kuala Lumpur, recently.  They were late-publicized and  known very little-about by the public – if people can call them transparent.

Regular combatants. Lifted from Google search: Mindanao war

And since talking about the controversial MOA-AD, we are reminded also of another thing very critical and controversial – the postponement of election for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao [ARMM].

The Aquino administration had moved to postpone the ARMM election only to stumble over the Supreme Court on the issue.  It would have allowed Malacañang to appoint ARMM officials, a move that political oppositions have cried foul. Malacañang in fact caused a postponement of ARMM election in the sense that the election was not held on the day as stipulated by law that created ARMM, in the course of all that. [updates on ARMM and ARMM election here]

Former President Gloria M Arroyo. Lifted from Google search Mindanao war

ARMM is an institution beholden to the Republic of the Philippines and Malacañang Palace is there to oversee that. But, an ARMM that is beholden to Malacañang Palace, or whoever seats in there, is something different. The kingpin and some stalwarts of the Ampatuan clan that controlled the ARMM and former President Gloria M Arroyo are right now facing allegations of election fraud viewed on that alleged unholy relation, in fact.

As the Arroyo administration had learned in the MOA-AD, Republic of the Philippines is not a hacienda. And even in a hacienda, the administrators can only do things that the hacienda owners allow or stated. And the owners, Sire/Ma’am, is people of the Philippines and not the Christians, not the Muslims, and absolutely not Malacañang Palace.

“Walang kama-kamaganak, walang kai-kaibigan”“Kayo ang Boss ko. No privileged relatives, no privileged friends; You are my boss, people of the Philippines liked hearing them and they want them real.

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A Global Problem – Unemployment

So much about our neighbor. Looking around in our own backyard, what good is a super highway to the moon when there are people living in streets and gutters and without food on their tables, Sire/Ma’am?

Imagine all the options for survival by people like these. Lifted from Google search: Street people. Philippines

In the other hand, of late report, we have more than 8 million Filipinos who are abroad either working or looking for work [OFWs].  I bet it does not include Filipinos who have immigrated for good.

Out in the world, Globalization has now tended to drown the working class of the developed countries. [Add to that overseas Filipinos competing for jobs and resources]. And that is not a problem solely of their working class because depression of them affects consumerism that in turn affects industries and whole economy of nations. There tends growing pressure mounting against governments in there. But their problem of unemployment is in fact superficial when compared to that of the underdeveloped world. A remedy to their problems may be lost opportunity, and burdens in underdeveloped countries.

Today, the dollar remittances of OFWs are gross estimated to amount P 475,000,000,000.00 [475 Billion PhP] a year.  That, and ever increasing debt by government from borrowings, cascaded and rippled in the local economy, are the only things that literally keep Philippines on its feet at present.

[Gross estimate is based on partial report for year 2011.]

Lifted from Google search: Street demonstrations. Philippines

Expect things like this and brace ourselves for them, folks! No, they are not coming all-at-once. Garrote ito kay Juan dela Cruz that should be remedied or out-paced now. And the remedy – seemingly nothing short of a social overhaul – appears next to wishful thinking. And there are only two ways social-political-economic reforms are known to come. If they don’t come from the top then they must be coming from below.  There’s the challenge, Sire/Ma’am.

And never mind arts and culture. They are just expressions that reflect the people of time. They are parts of a hard, real, world. They evolve with the world that is constantly changing with times.

Ohh…Maybe obese children left to fend for themselves in the kitchen would make more interesting and refreshing subject matter to write about next time.  😦

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Reflections of Little Known Goliath to our Northwest

Obscured to the world for many decades, People’s Republic of China [PRC] has been of great interest to many. Here’s some observation I find interesting. I submitted a few comments in there that I realized might appear long but that I felt were really short or lacking for the matter. I decided to collect them back to create a post in here:

I think Communists found themselves a little bit quandary at some crossroads not found in any of their old books. Situations nowhere seen in an inbreed ideological world.

…old Communist revolutionary songs with their high-minded lyrics are taking the country’s public spaces and television screens by storm.

Arts and culture have always been under firm watch and control by Communist states. As the world has known, never have they been used tyrannically by Jiang Qing, Mao’s widow,  and her faction for political ends – unparalleled witch hunting and persecution – attacking anything and anyone tagged as bourgeois – in a program called Cultural Revolution.

Lifted from Google search: Jiang Qing

So, there is a revival of the old days. If it is to go back in time and to stick in there, I think, is equally totally getting lost. It is also futile. The past was all about a struggle against feudal and colonial oppressive rule for the Chinese masses. That struggle found expressions in arts. The situation no longer [exactly] exists today. Something that is now imaginary. More in the side of hollow strings of words to a new generation. Those arts are just history. Present day people tend to buy arts that reflect them or their situation in real-time. Maybe the Beatles’ Hard Days Night might sell better in there, today.

Same Old Books, Same Everything

Same old books, same everything, different perspectives. The old ruled has become the new ruler, the former strugglers have become the present struggled.

Well, maybe the purpose is to try to remind, or should I say tell, the new generation of the masses where they have come from and just ‘be thankful and eat what is there on the table’.

‘…against [ ] oppressive rule, there’s the double edge pointed at some if not the selves. Old art may project different picture or interpretation in the minds of a ruled people – modern forms of oppression perceived by the ruled masses – as different to the interpretation of the new rulers.

Chinese Communist Party [CCP]  sees itself as on top of a continuous revolution. Any conflict coming outside of the party are viewed as forces of reaction. But objectivity is, a sure legitimate continuous struggle is only that of the masses who are forever ruled.

Communists see society as something that is class-dictated. State is defined as an instrument of a class [Marxism]. If it is not a dictatorship of the [working class] then it must be a dictatorship of the [owners of the means] and no way escaping that situation. One of the biggest problem is that it goes further to say that state now has the right to dictate the people. So we see why some Lady Gaga songs cannot be played there.  They do not want their people to hear them.

No, regulating arts and culture is not stranger in a liberal – democratic society. Comparing societies, one difference is in the degree of regulating them by governments.  One social structure is considered tight while the other is considered lax. One takes it upon itself to determine for everyone that Lady Gaga’s song is nonsense, while the other leaves it to everyone to determine if Lady Gaga’s song makes sense or not.

I think PRC is at one crossroad where either they should usher modern liberal democracy in or they must suppress it. CCP may not like it but as Mao himself saw, it is people who make history. [One translation of that is: people made leaders and it is not the leaders who made the people. Leaders are those who fitted people.]

Maoism is much part of present day CCP ideology. Any repudiation of Mao are more on the interpretation or the application of what he had laid.

Lifted from Google search: Chinese people

Communists believe in democracy. They have their idea of that they call “Democratic centralism” [Maoist]. The Western world has its own idea of democracy. I’m sure Chinese masses have their own idea, too. And it is that of the masses that counts, which worries the state.

There would be no conflict of ruler and ruled in the theory of democratic centralism – from the masses to the masses, which is republicanism from certain perspective. That sounds harmonious. But harmony exists only in the book. Fact is, we see conflicts existing between the rulers and the ruled. State happens to be also expropriation. That, itself, is just one of the many conflicts between rulers and ruled. Issues out of that conflict are usually how much in taxes and, more  important,  how public money is appropriated.

I think now is more in the side of a futile attempt by forces of reaction to freeze the world. When there is conflict of ruler and ruled, it is the consensus of the masses that prevails in the end.

People make history. That is one tenet of Maoism. That is also true in the liberal-democratic world. It’s been history of humanity.

Right now it would be a war of shaping the mind of that people. In one side, we have seen authorities trying to win that war with arts and culture as instruments. Arts and culture are themselves contested grounds between rulers and ruled.  Cyberspace is a new ground added in there.

A Party that is run by first generation revolutionaries like Mao and Deng might be gauged by the books. Today’s leaders in China [its bureaucracy] are born and grown in the time when the CCP has been in control. In short most of them were born sort of privileged elites, born of a different time. I guess, only those who know them and know China today, know what really goes in their mind. Nothing escapes evolution.

If there is indeed a growing revival of revolutionary days fervor within Chinese leadership then I guess another thing is to lean away from late day experiences, say of the Russians. They are gone past a situation when all they need is to refresh and take any start other than their present day situation.

Surely Chinese leaders have been watching the world.  While Russia was ahead in socialism, the Chinese appear advanced ideologically and politically getting their cues from the Russians. A part of them apparently would like to apply the brakes to the direction that the Russians took of which present day China has a similar version, too, for one thing.

PRC is a single-party political system. Inner party struggle is normal and natural.  They are closed-door matters. That would be to protect the prestige of the only party. When inner party struggle has gone out the door they are at the level of extreme sharp antagonisms, like the Mao-Lin Biao and the Mao-Deng Xiaoping conflicts.

Marxist Communist View of Culture

Culture is regarded not separate and independent of economics and politics. So we see a form of culture. It has behind it some expressions in economics. It will also have forms in politics. They are all viewed inter-related and inter-active. A liberal culture will have a liberal economy and a liberal politics, for example. Or, a liberal economy and politics have a liberal culture. A feudal culture comes with a feudal economy and a feudal politics. You see one, you see all or you can imagine their forms.

Stated another way, economics and politics created and promoted a culture that in return promotes that kind of political economy. Idea cannot be independent of matter.

Concerted efforts to eradicate and or to create a culture have been practiced by communist run states. In the Liberal world they are all let go in some way. What prevails is what it is, of the real world, of the real-time. What prevails is the product of a natural-material world of time.

I think more focus is on economics. It is the hardest of real objects. Art and  culture stem from it. So do political ideas.

They are calling for more equal distribution of wealth even at the expense of slower economic growth. They are attacking privileges of any kind.

There’s the factor of economics. Unequal distribution of wealth. I think that would be the problem confronting Chinese bureaucracy and State. In Capitalism, landowner [capitalist] expropriated its workers so he enjoys cars, mansions, revelries, you name it. At the extreme we see individuals who have too much while at the other end we see individuals  who are too deprived.

The theory of Socialism is: [owner of the means of production] is eliminated so workers enjoy their fruits. Workers own everything administered for them by the state. Sounds good. But that’s a theory. Russia has failed the theory of socialism. Around seven decades of Communist socialist rule failed to eradicate poverty. It failed to stop decadence like prostitution closely associated to that. At a time when western prostitutes earn a low of $35.00, their Russian counterparts were worth a used Levis jeans @ $20.00 brand new, or a pack of Marlboro cigarettes @ $1.25 a pack.

Reality is: At the surface of it, Socialist state now wants to own the world, go to the moon, own the universe, so to say. All that carried [too far] at the expense of [sacrificing] the workers. OK, Let us tone it down, there are things that are unnecessary but they must posses to survive. In like manner that a woman who does not believe in cosmetics spends a lot for them just so she will fit.

Why would people be attacking privileges of any kind? Privileges are qualities of life enjoyed by some when they should be enjoyed by all. State has failed to deliver quality services to all. At the extreme, masses would rather kill the practices since they cannot have them.

But, I don’t think people anywhere will take forever for a sacrifice. There appear symptoms of discontent. Suppression will only mount the pressure building up. [Lesson from North Africa, perhaps?] In a nation comprised of a billion people, awesome lots can be imagined from all that.

A Massive World Set in Motion by Petropolitics

I’ve been thinking of writing about something known as petroleum-politics or Petropolitics.  But, until now I really feel that the subject is fragmented in me so I need to sort my perceptions  into places, first.

In the other hand I doubt if I really have time to think about them, or why should I. Well, if I ever get to post them in here later, I think they might go this way

While "American Imperialism" has been one pole of global conflict, the other pole has shifted. The USSR and the Cold war are gone factors, equation has now pointed to forces that identify itself as Islamism.

  • All about world’s ever pressing need for petroleum, in particular. This is not limited to capitalism as the need for petroleum also involves socialist states.

  • A review of the petroleum industries in the free world, their motivation or nature, that again is not limited to them because in socialist states, state and bureaucracy merely took over, assumed role or assimilated, everything formerly of private capital.

  • The need by capital, to mean both capitalist and socialist in the case now, to exploit resources in traditionally international spaces.

  • The universal natures of politics and politicians of time. The need by states to provide for their people, the need for political-economic-social stability internal to them.

  • Lobby and/or corruption, a symbiotic relation, interests of capital and states have naturally collude become mutually beneficial along lines if not one.

Today's richest government on Earth is building up its military hardwares and flexing its muscles.

  • International conflicts in the race by states to get hold of free territories, the universal natures of people – patriotism and nationalism readily rallying behind states.

  • Added in there are: regional, cultural and racial differences that are generated further with the conflicts. The prospects of neo-global polarization of east-west-black-white, of insurgencies and world terrorism.

Peoples Republic of China - the big foot in the Spratlys, South China Sea

The main engine that drives world’s economy and politics, propelling the world in its present course is Petropolitics.  The thing has contributed much in shaping local and foreign policies of nations. It shaped laws, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea [UNCLOS] is no different.

This  world has been spinning on an axis called petropolitics. So very natural and perceived to be normal, to many people it’s just the way of the world. Living for the day is man. And that may be dangerous. The dangers of armed confrontation and wars is never been real.

By the way, have you ever wondered why all the fuss about cigarette  smoking when nothing is said about one car out there is 10,000 X more hazardous than one cigarette smoker? Well, that’s because we do not have thing called tobacco-politics with us. The thing is dwarfed, dying, if not already dead.

And look who says what is, or what is not, more important thing in this world. Like, the stride for alternative energies, say hydrogen, for all reasons, can wait.

Maybe I missed lots more than are stuffed in this thing called petropolitics. Maybe somebody should polish and finish the ideas.  But is not everything antedated, antiquated, nowhere in time, thus boring?

Ohh, what me worry. I am not Clark Kent.

An Inherited Problem for the President – Hacienda Luisita

Hda Luisita is used to be owned by the Cojuangcos – of the Corazon C. Aquino circle of family. It’s been subject of land reform under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program or CARP.

Land reform was originally passed to eradicate feudalism in the country. It was aimed at emancipation of peasant-tenants from feudal bondage.  Peasants became land owners. Land reform today no longer limits to tenancy as they may also include any farmland, tenancy or not, over 5 hectares in area. The idea is to break up big farm units into small farm units, which is some politics’ idea of “democratization of wealth”.

Land Reform in Capitalist Farming

Hda Luisita is capitalist farming, corporate farming to be specific. And in capital farming, farmer actually refers to the owners of the means of production, in this case Hacienda Luisita Inc. [HLI] that owned and ran the land. And, yes, Sire/ma’am, small miserable farmers and super rich farmers are the same. They are all farmers. Welcome to the era called capitalism.

Farm-er [fa’armer] (plural farm-ers) noun

Somebody who farms: somebody who owns or operates a farm

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Employees under the landowners or farmers are actually not farmers but farm workers, also known as wage earners. Hacienda Luisita is a case where farm workers would like to own the land to be the farmers. One big farmer to become many small farmers.

Anyway, Land Reform in capitalism is a matter between the state and landowner in one hand, and between the state and would-be-farmers in the other hand. State and the landowners agree on price and mode of payment. [In principle, would-be-recipients are represented in an adjudication board] State then distributes the land to recipients  under terms agreed upon by state and recipients or beneficiaries.

When landowner conceded or agreed to land reform, and when landowner accepted payment from the state, then, state became the new owner of that land until ownership has been passed on to recipients of land reform. Outgoing landowner has no business with the recipients of land reform.

At least in principles. Because, in the case of Hda Luisita that is not the case. The hacienda happens to have a sugar mill in an estate that is around 6,000 hectares [hectare X 2.471 = acre]. Hda Luisita has since been exhausting all legal remedies not to have the land simply distributed to interested farmers. They have fought for a say how it should be done, which is the “stock distribution option” or SDO for would-be-beneficiaries. By stock distribution, beneficiaries must incorporate their farm lots with the sugar mill. Interested beneficiaries in the other hand see it as THEIR option.

For HLI, giving up the land appears to be no problem. In fact many landed families made money better selling their lands to government than by anything else. Surely the Cojuangcos were not short changed in the deal. Big income is in sugar trading and not in sugar production, anyway.

Since the time of President Cory C. Aquino up to 1997, or in the first 10 years of CARP, 4, 619,000 hectares of land have been distributed under the program, 2.7% of them within compulsory acquisition [CA] and 97.2% of them within voluntary offer to sell [VOS]. VOS is land reform from landowners’ initiative. This is the period after the collapse of the sugar industry, and when the future of sugarcane farming has always been bleak until this day.

Hda Luisita is VOS but with “stock distribution option” attached to it. Why else would an estate owned or controlled by the family of a President ex President be subjected to land reform if not volunteered? So we see why giving away the land is not the problem. Preserving the sugar mill is another thing.

The existence of the sugar mill built on the land may be threatened. While sugarcane is top grosser, farmers will spend less for production and will net-profit better if they, and most likely, plant rice or corn instead. And a sugar mill without the farmers to supply the canes is sure-dead mill. Bye to lucrative sugar trading as well.

For the owners of Central Asucarera de Tarlac, simply giving up the land was therefore not as easy as would-be-farmers want it their way, or as easy as some implications of the law. Viewed from certain quarter, there are efforts by owners of Hda Luisita to defeat or circumvent the CARP for reason we have already outlined. Until Hda Luisita, CA or VOS did not have provision called SDO.

Personally, I think VOS should be scrapped and CARP modified rolled back, to affect only tenancy and idle private lands, which was what original land reform had been all about. But since there is the present CARP law, then, law ought to be law, we like it or not.

So, we have a case here of interested farmers going against the interest of those very influential in government. Interested farmers are dealing with the family of no less the President, Benigno Cojuangco Aquino III, son of one time President Cory C. Aquino. The conflict revolves around the SDO. In his mother’s time as president of the country, activists, militant farmers and farm workers, marching on their way to Malacañang Palace to demand the land under the agrarian reform law, ended up killed in what is now known as the Mendiola massacre.

And the heir of Pres Corazon C. Aquino, clear enough, is trying to avoid the same thing from happening in his time. While Noynoy apparently is not turning his back on the family’s “stock transfer” position, his administration, so far, has been quite liberal in its approach with those demanding for the land of Hda Luisita. A referendum regarding the SDO has been devised.

Another issue there seems to be who decides on who should qualify as beneficiaries. Right you are, at the end of the day, it is the owner of the land who decides. In cases involving land reform, only government that now owns those lands has the right to do that. Only DAR issues certificate of award, land or stock.

A CA usually started with  a petition by people’s organization  for some land to be acquired by government and then redistributed to the petitioners, under the land reform program.

VOS, in the other hand, stemmed from landowner’s will to sell land to government. VOS are not as simple as they sound. Ordinarily,  landowners  did not know their way around. They found their way to people who know the way. Those agents could be lawyers, or influential individuals or groups, who are knowledgeable in the maze of the bureaucracies i.e. Department of Agrarian Reform, Land Bank of the Philippines, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Lands, and more.  The fee was usually 20% of the total amount of the sale of land.

It is not usual way for DAR to take the burden of seeking or finding interested beneficiaries for VOS land. S.O.P. requires list of beneficiaries as one requirement for approval of VOS application. And VOS applicants and their agents should provide a tentative list of that or else  their application sleeps. That system has been formalized as voluntary land transfer, a term which is technically parallel operation land transfer [OLT] of the old land reform. Almost all VOS went that way.

Farm workers-turned-farmers as stockholders of Central Asucarera de Tarlac? Next thing to happen there will be a squabble between them and the original stockholders for control of the Corporation. Contest for control of a corporation is normal, natural, and universal of all corporations. But as we have seen just the mere thought of them is no longer acceptable to many of the would-be-farmers. First, they cannot agree with Luisita’s admin on many terms. Second, they seem do not or cannot trust the other side. The situation, which has already wasted a lot  of blood right in Luisita, hangs in there.

Lastly, HLI uses the “number of days worked by a farmer” as a basis for determining the number of stocks to be given to a farmer. Through this, HLI can unilaterally deny any farmer his entitlement to the stocks by the simple expediency of not giving him any working hours or days.

Land re-distribution in Tenancy land reform is easy. There are actual tenants with actual specific areas assigned them by landlords. State simply surveys them to draw parcels based on actuality.

How would you parcel out land to farm workers? They come and go. Some of them have been there for generations. Some of them are residents while some of them are seasonal migratory. Some of them have worked there for many years, while some of them just came yesterday. What about the women and the children who weeded in the fields? Sometimes, as in the case of bloody Hda. Luisita and bloody Hda Velez-Malaga in Negros, the farm workers cannot even agree among themselves. Who qualifies and how much should go to each can, indeed, be chaotic.

SDO by HLI?  That cannot be because HLI can only recommend to DAR, which has the authority to decide and to approve.

Actually, half the interested-farmers in Luisita have already accepted and tried SDO. They were not happy. What did they expect to earn in a hectare or a fraction of it from sugarcane production, really? Even five hectares in there is a waste of time under present circumstances. And that’s what I said selling land earns better! And we already saw 4 million hectares sold by their owners because they saw no good to them! There are better things than sugarcane farming.  First, there is the instability and volatility of  the  sugar market in the country  with a long  history quite pessimistic for the planters.  Second, is the nagging issue of slave wages that have always been blamed on the landlords, and to which  nothing seemed can be done about in the situation.

As for the land reform called CARP that is actually more of politics than sound economics? Well, it looks like the President can do nothing about it. Maybe Philippine Congress will do something for CARP or whatever people would like to name the program. And whatever that is, I don’t think the President will be comfortable with. Because, he is in a situation that damn if he does and damn if he does not.

The program had actually expired but was extended by congress to appease farmers and radicals. Or maybe that is only what we see. Fact is, CA is deemed terminated while extension applies to VOS. There were lots of VOS applications that are pending yet when the program matured. Department of Agrarian Reform [DAR] has received VOS applications more than it had handled.

Damn CARP! Or, maybe, we should say damn sugar trade in this country!

Give all the lands to the poor as they are what they want and as they are what politicians think is good. Then, give farmers a little better than rice and corn. Or, give them better reason than for them to leave their lands idle. The latter solves the problem of any sugar mill, the problem of Luisita included.

Give more incentives and protection to our producing sectors. The country which is blessed with land and climate suitable for agriculture should have been an agricultural power instead of having become dependent on world agriculture. Damn “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform” program. And damn sugar trading.

Related post here. Doing away with comprehensive agrarian  reform…

Updates: SC latest ruling regarding stock distribution option in HLI.

Land distribution ng Hacienda Luisita…

The Craziest of All Ideas for Filipinos – Self Reliance

I think, for a change, state should redirect its focus at self reliance. Yes, like, state should have a direct hand at industrialization where there is much need if not a void.

Adolf Hitler, reconciling capitalism with socialism, employed it. President Ferdinand E. Marcos  also made a push at there.  No, it is not dictatorship I am selling. They are  the good sides in them viewed from national standpoint that I am saying. Aside from self reliance, industrialization by the state where there is none, also meant more employment.

The idea of national self reliance is old. Filipino leaders in the past must have had it in mind. Like, without many infrastructures needed everywhere, they had Philippine National Construction Corporation [PNCC] for that. Today, with the private sector proliferating in there, the thing has naturally become a Burloloy [white elephant]. Whatever functions to justify its continued existence can easily be assumed by later-day agencies like, say, National Economic Development Autority [NEDA] and the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH].

They had National Power Corporation [NAPOCOR] and the National Waters and Sewerage Administration [NAWASA], that the private sectors under them today would like to take over. Ill-administered, top heavy and became financial burdens, these state-owned corporations are more in the side of burloloys that may be dissolved except for their barest function – Regulatory.

[In the world of ideologues, privatization is a lease of life to capitalism]

But back to self reliance. Let’s talk about fuels. Putting aside pretensions, the world went to wars for that. Nations invaded for that.  Terrorism is rooted to that. The latest world economic crisis was caused by a domino that is rooted to that.  Maybe, we Filipinos can pursue our needs for fuels without any thought of going into any war.

President Marcos, recognizing the very peculiar vital rule of fuels, created Philippine National Oil Company [PNOC] and PETRON. Aside from being a move towards self-reliance and stability, Petron also contributed to the coffers. I think, privatization of Petron, later, was some stupid monkey business. Because, the reasons behind their creation, unlike others, are becoming aggravating instead of receding as time goes on.

Self reliance. Surely every Philippine President that came and went had dreamed about it. The idea looks simple when it is not. Under the present circumstances the idea is in fact crazy.

Let’s talk of our Bio-fuels Law passed just a while ago. It created a big demand for Ethanol to fill but where are all the ethanol plants and the ethanol because there are none. So we import something that could easily be produced locally while saving on foreign currency reserves as well.

Let’s fantasize that government is putting up ten ethanol plants for a start. Imagine 10 ethanol plants where there is nothing! That will be sisiw [small timer]. Kayang-kaya, wholly owned by the state, or in partnership with other states and or in partnership with the private sector.

Perennial problem of troublesome informal settlers living in streets and gutters?  Then, state can start relocating them to the sites where those industries are and where jobs and housing for them await there.  That makes  the practice of selling rights in relocation sites and coming back to the streets and gutters a thing of the past for them.

No, professional squatters does not mean professionals who live in squatter areas. The term applies to squatters who have already  been relocated for the ump time so that it seems squatting getting relocated has become their means of living.

But Ethanol plants need farmers. Without farmers to supply the raw materials, mills are  no better than scrap metals. Many of those small farmers today are in the streets and gutters than starving back home or living more miserably in farmlands! They have to be enticed back to the farms from the cities. Financial-agricultural assistance, mabigat but still kaya. Maybe the presently allocated billions [21 Billion  a year] of pesos ‘cash transfer’, alms, palliative that does not solve the problem of poverty, should be cut and diverted to long range solutions.

But, most of all, farmers need motivation – stable and good price for their produce. That’s to sustain them and the system of production. That will also make many people in streets and gutters to pack-up and start moving back to the provinces. Yes, going home by themselves as they have moved into the cities by themselves !

But, to make farmers happy, State needs to elbow the Compradores aside. Or, leaving the traders as they are, to pose stiffest competition for them. State will end up getting its hands on trading of fuels, or fuel components, if not strongly dictating over the whole agricultural and agro-setup.

Laws will be needed. Everything and everyone that contributed to the deep quagmire that the nation is presently in will be rocked!

So, you see, as we go deeper to the bottom of  the matter, it gets more and more complicated. The whole idea is what and why I call crazy. It’s like telling the majority of our lawmakers to tell themselves to go to hell, or to get lost! Present day Philippines is much a creation of the comprador class.

Ethanol, the big talk in the country in 2000, is something nobody is investing. Apparently the problem is about trade and not about production. A look at the situation of the sugar industry, and of the state of the country’s sugar mills, are enough to douse any enthusiasm for ethanol, I guess. Interested would-be-producers see no guarantee in trade. In short, private capital has sensed no money in there, or else they’re in there now.

Should not we just drift with everything and everyone to the edge?  Maybe there is a miracle somewhere to snag the Filipinos for the better.

Still, I strongly recommend Stronghold Crusader by Firefly Studios for everybody or everyone running the state. Maybe they’ll learn a little of something from the game. And don’t forget to select Castle Builder Build peacefully, with just the camels for company!  There are big cats in the way, lest you forget.

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