Davao’s tribute to Bob Marley helps to fight cancer

May 19, 2008

Joan Soco, former Mutya ng Dabaw, encourages Davaoeos to support the local music talents during “reggae night” on May 11. The date happens to be the death anniversary of Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley, the British-African reggae musician who brought “mainstream cultural acceptance of reggae music outside of Africa.” Various local bands perform at the free concert to celebrate cancer prevention month. A reggae festival is slated around the world this year to “confirm the universality of reggae,” according to Bob Marley’s website. More photos. ( photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Roadblocks fail to stop protesting Davao workers

May 04, 2008

On their way to Davao city, workers from the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte braved road inspections, ‘surprise checkpoints’ before they were able to join the Labor Day rally to express their demands for the P125 across-the-board wage increase, for government to bring down prices of basic commodities, including rice.

Duterte slams “God’s antiquated policy” on population

Apr 27, 2008

Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte defended the revised Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC) against objections raised by the Catholic Church to the city’s reproductive health and safe pregnancy program. “God’s policy is antiquated and it cannot help the people who are reeling from poverty,” Duterte said during his weekly television program Gikan sa Masa para sa Masa.

Apr 13, 2008

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.

( photo by Barry Ohaylan)

RP call centers reel from world’s highest turnover

Mar 15, 2008

SPECIAL REPORT Despite efforts by the country’s call center companies to glamorize the industry, call center agents are resigning, job-hopping, transferring or being fired by the hundreds as fast as they are being hired. That image of a “successful call center executive making it in the business world is lost to these call center agents who are just too glad to quit the industry.