Fisherfolks to block Laguna Lake’s ‘privatization’

Fisherfolks in the Laguna Lake had assailed the plans of having the lake “privatized,” saying they will do anything to block the attempt to make the 94,000-hectare lake as water source for Metro Manila residents.

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Murdering of Filipino workers in the Mid-east alarming—Migrante

Migrante Middle-East (ME) had expressed alarm over the spate of murders, victimizing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the region. Last week, two Filipinas were killed, one by her Egyptian hubby and the other one, allegedly killed by her employers and her cadaver had just been dumped somewhere else, in the wide Middle Eastern desert.

Create pro-people measures, Aquino gov’t told

As the new administration is now on the process of reviewing the current economic and political policies, independent think-tank IBON Foundation, Inc. had suggested to Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to create economic policies that are pro-people or those which will not hurt the pockets of the poor.

Youth groups ask new CHED chair to institute reforms in education

Youth groups challenge new Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chief, Patricia Licuanan, Ph. D. to make substantive reforms in the higher education sector in the Philippines, especially on the issue of skyrocketing matriculation and other school fees.

Exclusion of foreign domestic workers in new HK salary law, enslavement—group

Antipolo City, July 20, 2010—The Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body or AMCB, a Hong Kong-based alliance of foreign domestic workers, assails the latest decision of the HK government not to include foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in the recent salary hike. Calling it “slavery, marginalization, and discrimination,” the new salary law had excluded FDWs in the statutory […]

P22 increment in wages, not enough

“Regarding the P22 increase in the minimum wage, it is really insufficient. As you can see, the increase in prices of basic commodities is really high and not all employees—especially those who are under monthly contract, such as call center agents and office workers like us—are covered by the increase. As a worker, I agree that there must be a legislated wage increase. But it must be really substantial in order to ease our already heavy economic burden,” says Catherine Turqueza Bantoy, a tutor from Mandaluyong City.

A tear for Papa

“Maybe he’s more Christian, for he’s known to be a devout Catholic, than Mrs. Arroyo. We are hoping that he’d do no Arroyo, in terms of human rights. We are continuously praying that these will all end up and soon, the tears that will roll down our cheeks will not be tears of fear, of loneliness, of longing; but tears of joy and praise to the Lord that they are now free and that justice had already served,” Allyn said in her last message to this writer.