Mindanao

CDO’s blind masseur finds life in massage therapy

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Oct 13, 2012

By MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN
Davao Today

Now that he earns for himself, “Nalipay ko kay dili na nako maperwisyo ang akong mga igsoon.  Makapalit na ko gikan sa akong hinagoan.  Kanang, mabuhi kog inusara (I’m happy that I can now fend for myself).”

Peasant groups warn against corruption of Rotavirus vaccine fund

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Oct 13, 2012

BY KENETTE JEAN I. MILLONDAGA
Davao Today

Citing cases where additional funding of health programs by the government failed to reduce ailments suffered especially by children in remote villages, Pedro Arnado of peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in Southern Mindanao Region, hopes this one will not again be for naught.

GPH-MILF Framework Agreement draws mixed reactions

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Oct 12, 2012

By DANILDA L. FUSILERO
Davao Today

“The Bangsamoro masses, and the Filipino people, need to be vigilant as there is a wide sea to cross between text and action, between signing a pact and translating it into building the mechanisms to actualize the Moro people’s right to autonomous governance,” says peace advocacy group Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao (InPeace) convener Bishop Felixberto Calang.

Farmers did not benefit from GM corn, says advocacy group

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Oct 12, 2012

By ALEX D. LOPEZ
Davao Today

“GM corn has completely changed the landscape of corn farming in the country, in a negative way,” Dr. Chito Medina, National Coordinator of farmers’ welfare advocacy group, Masipag (Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-ulad ng Agrikultura).

Gender mainstreaming in governance: An uphill fight for women

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Oct 12, 2012

By DANILDA L. FUSILERO
Davao Today

Leah Emily Minoza, executive director of the Davao City-based Women’s Studies and Resource Center (WSRC) said Gender and Development (GAD) budget, which is supposed to be five percent of a local government unit’s allocation is even hardly implemented. Worse, it is mostly being used for purposes other than for gender programs.

Mindanao is coal-fired power plants ‘new frontier’

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Oct 10, 2012

By KENETTE JEAN I. MILLONDAGA
Davao Today

Anna Abad, Climate and Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace said that the country is “entering the age of coal.” Twelve more coal-fired power plants have been approved in the last two years under President Benigno Aquino III’s term. Six of these are located in Mindanao making the island a “new frontier” for coal-fired power plant projects.

Lawmaker supports call for massive installation of solar roofs

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Oct 06, 2012

By ALEX D. LOPEZ
Davao Today

Casiño filed House Bill 5405 or the One Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011 in October last year, saying it’s the State’s responsibility to “promote the utilization of renewable energy resources to reduce dependence on imported energy from fossil fuels.” The bill also takes into account public health and the environment.

Davao folks rejoice over Arroyo arrest

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Oct 05, 2012

By DAVAO TODAY
POOLED REPORT

“It’s a long delayed action.  GMA and cohorts must be made accountable for plundering the government coffers.  It’s high time that the Aquino administration should stop treating GMA and cohorts with kid gloves and aggressively pursue the cases against them.  Jail is the right place for GMA, et al, not Congress” — Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate, Second Nominee, Bayan Muna