A child works for education

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 ( photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Freedom for Pastor Berlin

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

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)

Apr 30, 2007

Poster Child. Gregorio Galacio, the father of Grecil Buya, the nine-year-old New Bataan girl accused by the military of being…

Davao’s Falling Bridge

Apr 13, 2007

Falling Bridge. The Gov. Generoso Bridge near the Bankerohan Market has been showing signs of collapsing, with residents under it…