Federations of Free Farmers (FFF) is currently one of
the largest and most effective non-governmental
organizations of rural workers in the Philippines. It
was organized in 1953 by a group of Catholic laymen
soon after the break-up of the Communist-led
revolutionary movement in the country during the term of
President Ramon Magsaysay.
Initially, the FFF experienced negligible success due to
popular apprehensions resulting from the recent
Communist-led turmoil. However, by the mid- 1960s, the
FFF increased its
expanded its activities, and except for a brief term
following the declaration of martial law during which
the Federation underwent drastic reorganization, the
growth of the FFF has been sustained. Today, it has
branches and footholds in some 50 provinces.
Memberships, consisting of agricultural tenants,
owner-cultivators, agricultural laborers, fishermen and
settlers, total around 200,000.
"The Federation of Free Farmers was organized as a
peasant union in 1953. Its major objective was to
liberate the farmers and their families from social,
political and economic, moral and cultural oppression
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