Author Archives: ACE R. MORANDANTE

11 years ago

Davao workers press for the legislated 125-peso across the board wage increase

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According to the June 2008 statistics of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), a family of sixthe average household member of a regular Filipino familyin the Davao region, needs 760 pesos a day to live decently. But the current minimum wage in the region is only 265 pesos–short of 495 pesos for a family’s living wage per day. Workers have been demanding for an increase in the minimum wage to make ends meet.

11 years ago

Davao farmers do not welcome CARP extension

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Peasants and Lumad groups are against the existing agrarian-reform law. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Farmers groups in Davao are dismayed over the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) until December 31. They’re calling instead for the approval of the “Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill” that seeks to implement free distribution of lands to farmers and lift the heavy amortization rates shouldered by CARP beneficiaries. It also seeks to promote cooperatives and other mutual-aid techniques, which the KMP believes will raise the productivity and the standard of living of farmers, eventually “laying the foundation for national industrialization.”

11 years ago

Caravan for press freedom

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Members of the media hold a picket in front of the Davao Prisons and Penal Farm, formerly known as Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol), to protest the continued illegal detention of Alexander “Lex” Adonis. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

11 years ago

The long wait

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As rice prices in Mindanao start to soar this week, consumer lines in NFA outlets are getting longer. In Bankerohan public market, the wait can start as early as one in the morning just to be included in the first 500 persons allowed to buy NFA rice in the store for the day. The first 375 consumers can buy maximum of two kilos each of Vietnam variety which costs 18.25 pesos per kilo and Thailand variety of NFA rice which cost 25 pesos per kilo. The remaining 125 consumers is left to buy a maximum of two kilos of the Vietnam rice variety, which consumers consider not as good as Thailand rice. Although consumers wait for long hours, the distribution ends as early as 9 A.M.. Those who cannot avail will have to go back the next day. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

11 years ago

Price of rice soars in Davao

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In one of the rice stalls on Bangoy street, Banay-banay rice sells at forty-two pesos per kilo while the 7-tonner variety sells at thirty nine pesos per kilo. Consumers were alarmed when commercial rice prices went as high as forty pesos per kilo in a week’s time. n a press conference on May 30, Department of Agriculture XI Regional Director Rogelio Chio notes a ten peso increase in the price of rice from last week’s average of 34-peso per kilo. He also cites reports that rice prices in Malalag, Davao del Sur, even went up as high as fifty pesos per kilo. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

11 years ago

No home for Lumad children

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A total of 83 Lumad (indigenous) children are forced to leave their homes in Compostela and Monkayo towns as government troops continue their operations against the New People’s Army. Often caught in the crossfire, sometimes subjected to military harassments and intimidation, more than 30 Lumad families leave their homes and end up in Davao City’s Bankerohan gym on May 16, where they take refuge. The evacuees first stayed in Compostela gym, but were hounded by government troops there. Click here for more photos. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

11 years ago

For Davao folk, Havaianas are not just fashionista flip-flops

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Rita Kanlogon, 42, a housewife from Lanang, said she learned about the durability of Havaianas through her friends from abroad. She said she bought each of her two teenage sons a pair of the flip-flops because their slippers often had to be replaced.

“Havaianatics” flaunt their pairs at a recent “Make Your Havaianas” event in Davao City. (davaotoday.com photo by Jonald Mahinay)

11 years ago

Yano installs new chief at Eastern Mindanao Command

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NEW CHIEF. Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano, newly installed Armed Forces Chief of Staff, officiates the change of command ceremony of Maj. Gen. Armando Cunanan, former head of the 8th Infantry Division, as the new head of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Cunanan replaces Lt. Gen. Cardozo Luna who will relieve Lt. Gen. Antonio Romero II for the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff post. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)