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The proposed Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) is not the answer to the current housing problem in the Philippines: it will even create a monstrous problem: soaring housing prices and land-use conversions that would result to food insecurity. BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 29, August 24-30, 2008 QUEZON CITY—For employees…

Nineteen students of Jose Rizal University (JRU) in Mandaluyong were suspended after organizing a snake rally on the afternoon of July 17. These students are dismayed over the “blatant campus repression.” BY JEFFREY OCAMPO Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 29, August 24-30, 2008 Nineteen students from Jose Rizal University (JRU) who organized a snake rally within…

For 34 years, the Kalabaklabakan Mountain Clinic has provided continuous health services to the people, expanding its reach to more communities, and training a substantial number of community health workers. But instead of getting recognition from the government, it has been a target of the military. BY TERENCE KRISHNA V. LOPEZ Contributed to Bulatlat.com Vol.…

By Bulatlat.com August 22, 2008 – Members of GABRIELA gathered signatures for a petition demanding the repeal of the value-added tax (VAT) today in Quiapo, Manila. The group said they would gather signatures nationwide and submit these to House Speaker Prospero Nograles. Nere Guerero, GABRIELA spokesperson, said, “High prices remain the pervasive problem of Filipino…

BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Posted 1:00 p.m., Aug. 21, 2008 QUEZON CITY – Members of the newly formed alliance Concerned Organizations Opposed to Transfer, Layoff and Privatization for the Quezon City Central Business District (Contra-CBD) staged a picket in front of the Department of Agriculture (DA) central office to protest the proposed creation of…

By Bulatlat.com Posted 1:10 p.m., Aug. 21, 2008 A progressive party-list group has urged the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to resume their peace negotiations, placing respect for human rights and international humanitarian law on top of the agenda. “Even as both panels address the…

By Bulatlat.com August 18, 2008 – 12:39 p.m. An ecumenical group of peace advocates slammed the ‘political machinations of the Arroyo regime’ in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In its statement, the Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao (InPeace) said Arroyo…

The recent series of petroleum pump price rollbacks are welcome but oil firms should be transparent with their pricing particularly in the wake of windfall profits earned by oil firms due to record-high world crude prices. BY IBON FOUNDATION Posted by Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 The recent series of petroleum pump…

A youth group revealed that an average college student would save at least P710 ($15.805) every month if the value-added tax (VAT) on products and services were scrapped. Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 A youth group revealed that an average college student would save at least P710 ($15.669 at an exchange rate…