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On the Wings of Bird Poems

By Ed Maranan To some people, birds might as well be the “crowning glory of creation”, a tag usually reserved for human beings. After all, writers throughout history have written odes, paeans and songs extolling these wingèd creatures, envying them their gift of flight, even expressing a wish to be transformed into such masters of 

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Ensure Luisita distribution to show resolve in land reform, peace – IBON

IBON today urged the Duterte administration to ensure the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita and provide support services to farmers to show its resolve in firming up free land distribution as the basic principle of genuine agrarian reform during the last round of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The 

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Private sector-led housing undermines meager budget

“The problematic private sector-led housing program of government further undermines the meager housing budget. So-called low-cost socialized housing, for instance, now has a price ceiling of Php450,000, which was increased from its previous Php400,000 to encourage private developers to participate in the production of socialized housing units as well as reflect higher construction costs. Many 

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Filipinos lack access to water, electricity despite megadams

In commemoration of the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Large Dams, Filipino groups opposed to large dams said that while megadams are supposed to supply cheap water and electricity to urban and rural communities nationwide, Philippine experience has proven otherwise. Indigenous peoples and support groups Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas 

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Lumad women, advocates for peace invigorate Toronto!

On the Toronto leg of their speaking tour, the Philippine delegation for mining justice, the human rights situation and the welfare of lumads (indigenous peoples of Mindanao) and leadership in the peace process faced the Filipino community, including its many leaders, some solidarity groups, and church leaders, last April 1, and delivered much needed information 

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Holy Week traditions in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Holy Week (or Mahal na Araw) features the story of Jesus Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. The different levels of devotion of the Catholic faithful are visible this week, as they reflect on the agony and sacrifice of the Son of God to deliver the world from sin. Here’s a quick 

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Amid upped military operations, educators reiterate call to save IP schools

In the aftermath of the Fourth Mindanao-Wide Conference of the Save our Schools (SOS) Network, transformative education group Educators Forum for Development (EfD) said that the Duterte administration should stop continuing attacks against indigenous people (IP)’s alternative schools. The EfD echoed calls by the SOS Network for military troops to halt operations in and pull 

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Change? Not three decades after EDSA, not under PDP–IBON

IBON.org The Philippines remains backward and underdeveloped with severe inequality 31 years after the so-called EDSA revolution, research group IBON said. The Duterte administration’s new Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 will not change this, said the group, in continuing the failed neoliberal policies of the Marcos regime and all subsequent administrations. EDSA 1986 was a repudiation 

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Regions with biggest mining activities among the poorest–IBON

IBON.org Contrary to claims that closing down mining operations will worsen poverty, research group IBON said that large-scale mining activities impact heavily on marginalized sectors and intensify poverty. The group also said that the mining sector’s export-oriented character further deprives communities by taking away potential resources for local development. The Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines 

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Trump presidency bodes ill for smaller nations like PH

IBON.org America’s inauguration of its 45th President sent jitters across the world as to the future of foreign policies, said research group IBON. For the Philippines, whose economy has been influenced largely by the US for many decades, this is an opportune time to rethink its economic policies and its relations not only with the 

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