Author Archives: ACE R. MORANDANTE

10 years ago

The State of the City

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On the 71st Araw ng Dabaw, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte refrained from giving the state of the city address, usually done by mayors in the past to apprise the citizens of the state of the city. Instead, he gave the opportunity to leaders and personalities representing the lumads, Moro, students (each from the elementary and high school), teachers, business, media, partylist groups and others to tell their story and assess the city’s performance.

10 years ago

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Planting Rice Is Never Fun. Now that rice prices almost double and rice supply continue to dwindle, militant farmers group Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas in Southern Mindanao agitate for increased NFA procurement of local rice and for government to dismantle existing rice cartel. More pictures here.

(davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

10 years ago

Mothers, kids bewail high price of rice

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Teresita Edir, a pushcart vendor in Agdao market, and her children join a recent march organized by the group Kadamay demanding the ouster of President Arroyo. Edir complains that her earnings could hardly buy a kilo of rice. “In Erap’s time, we could buy rice at P10 a kilo,” she recalls the time of former President Joseph Estrada. “Now, rice is P18 per kilo under Gloria! With a president like her, life only gets harder. She’s corrupt and she has not done anything to alleviate the situation of poor.” (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

10 years ago

The hum of business

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From 7:30 a.m. to midnight, often up to the wee hours in the morning, the hum of construction work keeps people awake in the neighborhood at the back of the People Support and HSBC building along Jacinto Extension, where a four-story building to be rented out to a call center company is being built. Davao City is promoting itself as a haven for outsourcing. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

10 years ago

Durian city

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A 25-foot structure of a lumad (indigenous) in a lotus position sits along the highway in the middle of Buda…