Dubbed as ‘Baktas BTL: Fight for Land and Life!’, 100 farmer leaders and supporting organizations and individuals will traverse 1,497 kilometers separating their homes and the national capital to set up camp at the Department of Agrarian Reform at the Quezon Circle on October 11, 2017. The collective journey and the campout aim to press the government, through the DAR, to officially declare the farmers as the rightful owners of the BTL-tilled lands, and at the same time recognize the rights of the Lumad to their ancestral domain. They will officially submit their petition to DAR and gain public support for their demand.
They will march from Manila to Quezon City, passing by churches and other government institutions on the way.
They will leave Cagayan de Oro on October 8, and pass by various provinces for some awareness-raising actions before proceeding to Manila. The farmers will be at the camp-out from October 11 to 25, and will hold forums, discussions and other actions in schools, and other support institutions.
Visit the official website of Bakatas BTL here!