Photography

$1-billion mining investment eyed in Mati

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Jun 08, 2007

According to officials from the mining inudstry, the Philippines’s potential for growth in the sector remains good. In fact, BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, is interested in investing up to a billion US dollars in a nickel mine project in Mati, Davao Oriental, according to Benjamin Philip Romualdez, president of the Philippine Chamber of Mines. Romualdez said at the Asia-Pacific Mining Conference in Makati City this week that foreign companies have invested nearly $700 million in the Philippines in the past three years as a result, he said, of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Mining Act of 1997 that opened the industry to foreigners. But environmentalists, who protested the conference, have warned of environmental destruction. (Photo: arkibongbayan.org)

Hundreds march to support Pinoy nurses in NY

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Jun 07, 2007


In Solidarity. Filipinos in New York take to the streets this week to express support for the so-called “Sentosa 27++,” who were victims of alleged illegal recruitment by a major healthcare management company in New York that recruits nurses from the Philippines. Read the story.

‘Fountain of Youth’

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Jun 07, 2007

Students in this classroom at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School in Matina Aplaya don’t seem to mind the water that is leaking not through the roof but through the floor. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

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Jun 05, 2007

Helping Hands. Members of the Philippine and US navies load food and supplies onto a truck for delivery to a Mindanao orphanage. The donation by the US military was part of the 13th annual bilateral maritime training exercise called Carat (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) that began last week in Zamboanga and Basilan. (Photo courtesy of the US Navy/US Embassy)

A child works for education

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May 30, 2007

Argel Kiawan, 14 and an incoming second-year high-school student, does some spade work outside the Magallanes Elementary School, which pays him 100 pesos a day. Kiawan says his family is poor so he needs to find work for his lunch money and daily school allowance. That a minor like him was hired by a public school to do manual labor likewise underscores the problem of child labor in Davao City and the flagrant violation even by government officials of the country’s child-labor laws. Click for larger photo (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Freedom for Pastor Berlin

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May 29, 2007


Activists and relatives of the Rev. Berlin Guerrero of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines hold a demonstration on Monday to demand his release. Guerrero was the latest victim of enforced disappearances in the Philippines. (Arkibong Bayan) More photos

USAID supports comprehensive Islamic education in Mindanao

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May 26, 2007


A Moro child in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in one of the schools being supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The agency recently conducted a one-week training class for ustadzes (Islamic teachers) to integrate English, science, and math into the basic Islamic and Arabic teaching in madrasahs. At a ceremony to mark the training, ARMM Department of Education Undersecretary Manaros Boransing said that implementing the Revised Basic Education Curriculum is important to develop future Moro leaders who are deeply rooted in their Islamic faith while being fully attune to developments in the Philippines and the global community. (US Embassy photo)