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Philippine trade deals with Japan and China, which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently urged Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members to act on, will further weaken the country’s already damaged domestic economy. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25, 2007 Philippine trade deals with Japan and China, which President Gloria…

The JPEPA deprives the Philippines of vital economic policy tools it would need in its future development.. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25 As the Senate prepares to conduct hearings on the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), an independent think-tank called for the junking of the…

BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25, 2007 Philippine Ambassador to Japan Domingo Siazon recently made a pitch for the Senate ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), saying that Japan’s aging population represents a large labor market for local nurses and caregivers. But according to independent think-tank IBON…

They are the university’s guidance counselors, librarians, technical specialists, extension workers and researchers, who are also at the forefront of developing and producing notable researches. BY JOHN ALLIAGE MORALES Philippine Collegian Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25, 2007 They are the university’s guidance counselors, librarians, technical specialists, extension workers and researchers, who…

Saying that expensive technology is not the solution to the decline in the quality of education in the country, teacher and student groups called for the scrapping of the DepEd’s Cyber Education Project. BY VICTOR GREGOR LIMON Philippine Collegian Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25, 2007 Saying that expensive technology is not…

The supposed advantages of computer-based education have been blurred by commercial interests. In this sense, promoting technology as a catch-word to attract would-be students is nothing more than a marketing scheme, designed to lure prospective clients to a substandard education. BY JOHN RAPHAEL FULGAR Philippine Collegian Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 27, August 12-18,…

BY FRED VAN LEEUWEN General Secretary, Education International Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 27, August 12-18, 2007 Her Illustrious Excellency The President of the Philippines Ms. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Malacañang Palace JP Laurel Street, San Miguel Manilla 1005 PHILIPPINES Brussels, 6 August 2007 Your Excellency: I am writing to you on behalf of Education…

At least a hundred landowners of a 40-hectare lot comprising Phase-3 of the Batangas Port are demanding that the provincial government free their land from a five-year moratorium. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 27, August 12-18, 2007 BATANGAS CITY (111 kms. south of Manila)- A lone nipa hut is surrounded by almost dried…

Architecture is not only the art and science of designing space — it is a social statement. And if the recent wave of constructions in UP Diliman (UPD) were indeed any indication, the UP administration seems all geared up towards a pretense of modernization. BY ELISE SOPHIA S. FRANCISCO AND JERRIE M. ABELLA Philippine Collegian…

The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP or Peasant Movement of the Philippines) called on local government units and landlords to help the farmers most affected by the dry spells that hit the country, either in the form of assistance or a moratorium in land rent. BY AUBREY MAKILAN Bulatlat Vol. VII, No.…

Independent think-tank IBON Foundation calls on the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to spare consumers from yet another round of energy rate hikes by denying the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) its petition for tariff increases. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 Independent think-tank IBON Foundation calls on the Energy…