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Church group lauds Sara’s preference on peace talks over heavy combat mil ops vs...

Davao City – After pronouncing to withdraw  the city’s operational assistance to the military’s 1003rd Brigade, city mayor Inday Sara Duterte has earned appreciation...

Scientist Harassment Suit

Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) strongly condemns the latest move by banana companies in the Philippines to harass health rights...

Groups Hit DENR for Seeking Compromise on Controversial Mining Deal Says DENR should...

Manila – Various groups criticized the DENR today, for pushing for a compromise deal on the controversial Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato.  Sec....

USAID and The Asia Foundation Launch Assistance Program for Mindanao LGUs

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Asia Foundation will help local governments in Mindanao improve fiscal performance, service...

Butuan City students imbibe international humanitarian law through exhibit, seminar and book donation

Butuan City-- Students of the Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, imbibed lessons on international humanitarian law (IHL) through a...

National edict sought to boost RP halal industry

COTABATOCITY (BPI-ARMM) – The national government under the fresh leadership of President Nonoy Aquino should issue an executive order mandating line agencies involved in...

Inday Sara to grace 'Guhit' art exhibit

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is lending her support to local artists by being the guest of honor at the first solo exhibit of Davaoeña...

Indigenous Peoples Gathering on Climate Change Manifesto

Ituloy ang laban tungo sa hustisya sa klima, pagkakapantay-pantay at pagsusulong ng karapatan sa sariling pagpapasya ng mga katutubo! Manipesto ng pagkakaisa ng mga dumalo sa...

Liver Caravan in Davao City on July 16-17; barangay health workers urged to attend...

Want to know more about liver diseases? How do we diagnose? What are its complications? How do we treat? How much alcohol and how...

Environment groups hit arrest of anti-coal activists in Indonesia

MANILA (July 7) -- Greenpeace and The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth Philippines (LRC-KsK) released a statement today...

Bayan demands justice for US military murder victim Gregan Cardeño, pins US military personnel...

Davao City- In a march rally held late afternoon yesterday, human rights advocates lighted their torches to condemn the gruesome killing of a Filipino interpreter...

SOMIN Training Center Scores Five for 1st Sem

DAVAO CITY – Clustered activities here are the trend these days as the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) pushes a notch higher in its austerity...

Promoting Peace in Two Zamboanga City Communities

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Silsilah Dialogue Movement/23 June)  --  Some residents of two communities in Zamboanga City, Philippines are at the center of a breakdown in...

First Envi Case Against Mining Giants

SURIGAO CITY – Hundreds of residents from a village in Surigao del Norte will storm the hall of justice here to file an ‘environmental...

Popong Landero performs for Bat Conservation

Davao-based artist Popong Landero, known for being a left-handed guitarist and for his reggae covers of Bob Marley, will perform for bat conservation on...

May 19 is World Hepatitis Day

17 May 2010 May 19, 2010 is WORLD HEPATITIS DAY and the World Hepatitis Alliance and Hepatology Society of the Philippines in cooperation with...

Mindanao State University students debate on international humanitarian law

ILIGAN CITY (ICRC/05 March) -- Students from the three campuses of Mindanao State University displayed their knowledge on the international humanitarian law (IHL) during...

New Zealand reaffirms commitment to peace, dev’t in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY (OP-Mindanao) -- New Zealand Ambassador Andrew Matheson and Presidential Adviser on Mindanao Jesus Dureza will meet with key leaders and visit communities...

In Maguindanao, going to school is tough

The anguish brought by the recent violence that rocked Maguindanao has somewhat subsided as seen on the faces of civilians trying to live normal...

MAAS criticizes Malacanang for creating Task Force on aerial spraying

DAVAO CITY (MAAS/19 Feb) – MAAS members slammed President Arroyo’s plan to create an independent task force to evaluate claims whether aerial ...

KATRIBU motorcade features Davao's rich lumad and cultural heritage

DAVAO CITY (Katribu/18 Feb) -- Katribu Partylist, an Indigenous People's sectoral party, kicked off its pro-Davaoeno, pro-Lumad campaign mantra with a motorcade - float...

No to emergency powers for GMA over power crisis – Gabriela Women’s Party

Gabriela Women’s Party expressed today grave concern on the reported power crisis badly hitting Mindanao. Power failure in the island on election day would...

CHD to AFP: Educational attainment not a hindrance to learn health skills

Health groups today slammed the military’s malicious statement regarding some of the health worker-trainees’ capacity to learn health skills with regard to their educational...

USAID and The Asia Foundation Initiate a Rapid Field Appraisal of Decentralization in RP

Manila - February 18, 2010 – Since the law’s passage in 1991, some analysts have questioned whether the landmark Local Government Code that decentralized...

3,000 workers to march on Labor Day 09

DAVAO CITY (Kilusang Mayo Un SMR/30 April) -- Job security, wage hike, and opposition to trade union repression and military intervention will highlight May 1 Labor Day celebrations by the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno which will lead some 3,000 workers in a march rally.

Bishop joins march against Surigao del Sur mining

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (Baywatch Foundation/27 April) -- In celebration of the World Earth Day, more than a thousand folks from different sectors in Surigao del Sur joined a three-kilometer march in the municipality of Cantilan to condemn mining operations in the area. These mining operations threaten the watersheds critical to the support of the province’s irrigation system, water supply and Cantilan’s proposed mini-hydro power project. Furthermore, the proposed mining sites infringe upon the indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands.

Khomeini sings: bringing Mindanao to Manila

If you can't bring Manila to Mindanao, bring Mindanao to Manila. And how? Through the universal form of communication - music.

One young Moro guy is bridging differences by strutting his booty in crowded audiences. He sang months ago at a full-packed Music Museum to promote peace amidst the Southern crisis where half a million were displaced since war broke out in AUgust 2008.

Konsult Mindanaw launches radio drama series

DAVAO CITY (Konsult Mindanaw/19 April) -- An ongoing peace consultation across Mindanao will be complemented by a drama series to be broadcast starting this month to June 2009.  

“Radyo Kalinaw,” a 10-part Tagalog drama translated into Cebuano, was produced by the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) through its project implementing arm, Konsult Mindanaw.

Davao-based int'l NGO hosts Asia-Europe interfaith retreat and dialogue with BUC

DAVAO CITY (IID/18 April) -- Amid fresh European Union (EU) offer of increased support for the peace process in Mindanao, Asian and European inter-faith experts and practitioners will hold a retreat in Davao City next week and will interact with Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) leaders in a bid to enrich ongoing peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts here.

Mindanao farmers converge to assess impact of plantation and aerial spray

DAVAO CITY (IDIS/14 April) -- The country's 1-Million hectares target expansion of large-scale corporate plantation all over Mindanao prompted farmers and environment advocates to come together and assess the impact of mono-crop farming and pesticides to peoples' health and the environment.

Justice remains elusive for slain NPA daughter

DAVAO CITY (Exodus for Justice and Peace/14 April) -- Marking the 40th day of her death anniversary, a special liturgy calling for justice for Rebelyn Pitao will be held this Wednesday, April 15 in the afternoon.

Exodus for Justice and Peace (EJP), an alliance of church people, academe, human rights advocates and other groups will lead this liturgy to continue the call for justice for the slain 20-year old teacher who was abducted last March 4 in Davao and found dead last March 5 in Carmen, Davao del Norte.

UP junks expansion plan in South Cot

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The University of the Philippines (UP) Manila has reportedly called off its planned expansion in South Cotabato this year due to peace and order problems in the area, South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said.

House Speaker commits to enact a bill extending CARP on or before June 6

“We will ensure a “Win-win Resolution” that will be acceptable to members of the House of Representative, Senate and to you (referring to the Bishops),” said House Speaker Prospero Nograles in a lunch meeting before 8 Catholic Bishops led by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Representatives Risa Hontiveros (AKBAYAN), Edcel Lagman (Albay), Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro), Rodolfo Albano III (Isabela), Liwayway Vinzons-Chato (Camarines Norte), Reylina Nicolas (Bulacan), Ma. Amelita Villarosa (Mindoro Occidental), Michael John Duavit (Rizal), Robert Raymund Estrella (ABONO), Alejandro Marañon (Negros Occidental), Conrado Estrella (Pangasinan), Jeffrey Ferrer (Negros Occidental), Andres Salvacion (Northern Leyte), Mat Defensor (Iloilo), DAR officials, representatives from civil society groups Christian Monsod and Gerry Bulatao, and representatives from farmer groups.


Zubiri's statement on Lacaba's release

QUEZON CITY (Office of Sen. Zubiri/04 April) --“The release of Ms. Lacaba is a triumph for humanitarian workers all over the world and we thank all those who helped in her release”, says Zubiri, himself a member of the Red Cross Board of Governors.

ARMM pays homage to Outstanding Women

COTABATO CITY (BPI ARMM/03 April) – The vibrant commemoration of International Women’s Month in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) culminated April 1 by giving distinct recognition to women leaders and individuals who manifest exemplary performance on advocating women’s interest and welfare in the region.

Gabriela solon: No more women for US troops! Abrogate the VFA!

QUEZON CITY (Gabriela/03 April) -- "History and recent experience should have taught us that the presence of US troops in the country has been exploiting our women," said Gabriela solon Luzviminda Ilagan, citing reports on US soldiers “being given prostituted women for leisure in Bicol.”

Senator Francis Pangilinan expressed his concern over reports that “American soldiers involved in the Balikatan joint military exercise with Filipino troops in Bicol were supplied with women nightly.”

10th ID scores big in 1st quarter

PANACAN, DAVAO CITY (10th ID/03 April) -- The 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army registered remarkable gains in its counterinsurgency efforts during the first quarter, marked by sustained military as well as civil military operations aimed at destroying enemy armed groups and neutralizing guerilla fronts in its area of responsibility.

BAYAN supports call to abolish DO 39, hits corruption of the Arroyo government

DAVAO CITY (Bayan-SMR/03 April) -- Bagong Alyansang Makabayan registers here today its support for the abolition of Department Order 2008-39 saying “the policy should be abolished at all costs on grounds that it is unjustifiable, abusive, and highly susceptible to corruption of no less than the Arroyo government.”

CMFR releases 2008 Press Freedom Report

MAKATI CITY (CMFR/24 March) -- As the year 2008 ended, another radio broadcaster in Northern Samar was killed by unknown assailants. The killing of Leo Mila of dxSY brought to six the number of journalists/media practitioners killed in the line of duty in 2008. Aside from killings and physical attacks, the Philippine press also faced legal suits and other harassment from government officials and powerful personalities.


Tara na't lumipad sa tutubing bakal

COTABATO CITY (Kids 4 Peace) --Two international volunteer artists: Alwin Reamillo, who is a Filipino-Australian cross-media/installation artist based in Perth, Australia and Arnel Agawin, a Filipino visual and installation artist based in Hongkong, will facilitate a Tutubing Bakal Peace Helicopter Project.

Kawagib commemorates Jabidah Massacre, calls for justice to victims of state terror

COTBATO CITY -- KAWAGIB, a Moro human rights organization, gives homage to the men, women and children who have fallen victims to the repressive policies of the government.

Despite crisis, DepEd notes lower dropout rates in SouthCot this year

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 March) -- Despite the worsening economic crisis, more elementary pupils and secondary students enrolled in public schools in South Cotabato have reportedly opted to stay in school this school year, an official at the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

North Cot lawmaker wants corn research institute pushed as RP faces corn shortage

QUEZON CITY (Office of Rep. Mendoza/01 March) -- Amid the strained supply of corn nationwide, Cotabato Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza is pushing for the creation of a new Corn Research Institute (CRI) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) to ensure that the country's future requirements of the grain are adequately met.

Experts tackle issues on aerial spraying at UP Mindanao Forum

DAVAO CITY (iFARM/28 February) --Scientists took center stage last week in a forum at the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao (UP-Min) in Mintal and discussed the future of a science-based Philippine agriculture.

The forum, entitled “Making Science Work for Us,” was held during CSM Week, which was celebrated as part of the UP-Min’s 14th foundation anniversary.

SK officials back DCWD's bid to spare Tamugan

DAVAO CITY (Sangguniang Kabataan/23 Feb) -- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials of the 2nd and 3rd Districts gathered together last week to sign a manifesto declaring that "we need water over electricity."

In a forum sponsored by the Watershed Management Coordinating Council, 81 out of 89 SK officials supported the campaign of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) to spare the Tamugan River from any commercial use that could compromise the future's reliable water supply for the city. DCWD says it has launched a Tamugan Surface Water Development (TSWD) Project precisely for this purpose.

Pimentel says no curtailment of press freedom in RORB

MANILA (Office of Sen. Pimentel/24 Feb) -- “If the press has the right to offend or to mortify, the people should have the right to reply.”

This was stressed today by Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) as he maintained that there is nothing in the right to reply bill that curtails the freedom of the press.

'Terrorism' of the media slammed; journalists unite vs Right of Reply Bill

MANILA (NUJP/24 Feb) -- Journalists today denounced the Right of Reply Bill (RORB) as an “act of terrorism against the media” and encouraged the media and the Filipino people to resist the threat to democracy and constitutionally-enshrined rights posed by the proposed legislation.

Coal-fired power plant won't destroy Tinoto-Tampuan Reef, manager says

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Conal Holdings Corporation/22 Feb) -- "The 200MW coal-fired power plant we are going to build in Maasim, Sarangani will not destroy the Tinoto-Tampuan Reef, said Gregorio S. Gonzales, Conal Holding Corporation's (CHC") Project Manager.

Proposed coal plant threatens Tinoto-Tampuan Reef

DAVA0 CITY (LRC-KsK/FoE Phils/19 Feb The world-renowned "Tinoto-Tampuan Reef" in Maasim, Saranggani Province is threatened to be destroyed with the construction of the 200MW Kamanga Power Plant (KPP). This is one of the major reasons why various environmental rights groups oppose the Kamanga Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant. 

Journalists attend training on reporting extra-judicial killings

DAVAO CITY (NUJP-Davao/20 February) -- Journalists from various parts of the region will arrive here Saturday, February 21 for a training on how journalists must present stories about extrajudicial killings and incidents related to violations of human rights.