Mindanao officials are aiming this month for the Guinness world record for the most number of trees planted in a country simultaneously in one hour. But environment advocates deplore this “gimmick” for failing to address the island’s massive deforestation.
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Environment advocates here pointed out that while the ice bucket challenge in support of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research has raised awareness on the disease, it has wasted lots of water.
The business processing outsourcing (BPO) industry here is expected to generate some 37,000 jobs in Davao City in the next two years. But while industry leaders here admit to difficulty in meeting this demand, some sectors want more protection of workers’ rights.
“Hogwash” was how Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte described plans by the administration to tinker with the Constitution to extend President Benigno Aquino III’s term of office.
Two vendors watch news of the Middle East conflict through this improvised cable television machine which runs for 15 to 30 minutes for a rate of five to fifteen pesos, a device similar to the piso-piso internet machines. (Tyrone A. Velez/davaotoday.com)
Moro advocates are wary that the Aquino administration is watering down provisions regarding Moro autonomy in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)–and being secretive about it.
Rights advocates called it a double standard when local officials slammed a Manila-based comedian for joking in public that Davaoenas were “hipon (shrimps).”
Was the video showing Davao City Police Director Vicente Danao slapping his wife in a quarrel a private matter?
As Palparan now faces trial for kidnapping and serious detention, more cases such as those in Mindanao would show how his bloody legacy in Luzon has also cast a long shadow in the country.
“Kadayawan is a Bagobo word that means happiness. It’s a time our communities gather after harvest time, to thank the gods for the harvest. We celebrate through feasts, and with songs and dance played with our instruments,” he said.