Amid huge funds poured into the COVID-19 response in Davao City, labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao Region (KMU-SMR) criticized the distribution of the assistance shelled out last year as it failed to reach the most affected population.
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A national survey ranked Davao City fourth in terms of “competitiveness” in development. But some sectors said the city’s leaders must look beyond those figures and look at a holistic and “people-oriented” approach to development.
MASKED DANCER. A worker flashes the One Billion Rising hand sign during the globally-synchronized dance on Valentine’s Day as women and advocates demand social justice and protection of human rights for women and children worldwide. (Ace Morandante/davaotoday.com)
“Kasagaran sa mga mag-uuma, inutang ang yuta, mangutang pa og pestisidyo pati similya. Pero pag ibaligya ila produkto, barato ra. Pag sila na ang mopalit, mahal na kaayo (Most farmers rent their lands, borrow pesiticides and seedlings. But when they sell their product, it’s cheap. When they buy the product, it’s expensive),” Arnado said
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Chibo Tan of the National Federation of Labor Unions said the situation of the city government’s job order and contract of service workers only reflect the system of the current dispensation which implements contractualization, a scheme that does not protect their right to security of tenure.