Court stops Davao law that bans aerial spraying

Jun 22, 2007


The Regional Trial Court suspended for three months the city ordinance that is supposed to take effect tomorrow, June 23. The Davao City residents who claimed to have been affected by the chemicals sprayed from the air by banana companies denounced the decision. Our agony will be prolonged, said one of them.

WHO, Unicef call for renewed commitment to breastfeeding

Jun 20, 2007

In the Philippines, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at four to five months fell from 20% in 1998 to 16% in 2003. It is estimated that 16,000 deaths of children under five in the Philippines are caused by inappropriate feeding practices, including the use of infant formula.

Government’s ‘new jobs’ claim assailed

Jun 19, 2007

Of the net increase in jobs of more than one million reported in the April 2007 Labor Force Survey (LFS), two-thirds are in unpaid family work (575,000) and in domestic household help (148,000). These jobs are among the lowest-earning and are sometimes even unpaid labor.