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Church charity steps in to aid disaster-hit Filipino farmers

Carigara (UCAN): It took some time for Rosenda Apay, a 59-year-old farmer, to realise that she was finally tilling her own farm. It took more than 16 years of lobbying and asserting her rights to have land.
 
Today, Apay and 21 other farmers, affected by the disaster wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, are tilling a 25-hectare (.25 square kilometres) communal farm in the central Philippines.
 
They said their perseverance paid off as they admitted that many of their fellow farmers “have given up the fight.”

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Caritas condemns attack on relief operations

Manila (UCAN): “The ambush of soldiers while delivering relief goods is deplorable,” Father Edwin Gariguez, the executive secretary of Caritas-Philippines, said.
 
Fifty gunmen from the New People’s Army shot at troops from Philippine Army’s 20th Infantry Battalion who were assisting families in the town of Catubig, Northern Samar province in the central Philippines, which was battered by the tropical storm, Kai-tak, a week before Christmas.
 

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