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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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The DAR found that 83 percent of agrarian reform beneficiaries have either leased out or sold the land awarded to them. (AP file)

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. “This is a decisive action to defend and assert the rights of farmers to own and cultivate their awarded farm lots,” Mariano said. Mariano issued the 

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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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Students from the University of the Philippines campus in Manila stage a walkout in February to call for free education for all. 
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NUSP Statement on free education

Last year, Filipino students nationwide welcomed the introduction of free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for academic year 2017-2018. Because of the student movement’s clamor for free public education at all levels, the Congress granted the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) an additional budget of P8.3 billion to fund all 114 SUCs 

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In defense of the poor

Statement of National Anti Poverty Commission Lead Convenor, Secretary Liza Maza, April 20, 2017 How society perceives poverty and the poor influence policy decisions and people’s initiative towards poverty eradication. We cannot effectively fight poverty if we see the poor as lazy, uneducated, non-tax payers and thus, undeserving of public support. Often associated with criminal 

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By Tonyo Cruz

Kadamay 1, Homelessness 0

On April 4, President Duterte announced that he was giving Kadamay what it wants, meaning providing to the urban poor the bare, rotting, empty houses they have occupied. He said he would build new ones for soldiers and cops. Congratulations to Kadamay for heroically making the issue of shelter a national issue and for successfully 

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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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Atom’s docu gets bronze at New York Festivals

MANILA – Atom Araullo’s documentary “Warmer” won a bronze world medal at the New York Festivals Awards for international TV programs and films. The documentary, which delves into grave climate conditions as experienced in two different parts of the world, was a winner in the climate change and sustainability category. (Read story…)

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From left: Dr. Anie Bautista Eufemia Campos Cullamat, Nenita Andrea Condez and Bishop Antonio Ablon

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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