By JOAN GARCIA Bulatlat.com ILOCOS SUR – 386 kilometers north of Manila, the town of Santa, Ilocos Sur boasts of being in the center of the Ilocos Range, Abra River and the China Sea. If one is traveling from Manila to Vigan, there is no shortage of eye candy when passing through Santa: the green…
Some 23 families were evacuated from their homes at City Camp Lagoon Monday morning, as floodwaters begin to rise at the city’s lowest part. Evacuees, numbering to at least 100 individuals, are staying in Aguinaldo Elementary School in Barangay QM. However, some residents in Little Kibungan in La Trinidad, Benguet, refuse to leave their homes, despite being declared as a hazardous area by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the DENR.
Aquino, Binay Told: Prioritize Housing for Urban Poor, Especially Those Displaced by Projects, Calamities
By MARYA SALAMAT
“It is a challenge to the Aquino administration to address the housing question holistically, beyond the low-cost housing projects peddled as the flagship program of the government,” GWP Rep. Emmi de Jesus says.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Justice, jobs, immediate relief, and a review of the government’s housing program to make it more affordable are the most pressing concerns of the urban poor, said Kadamay.
New Year, More Challenges
Evacuees affected by the recent typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma) welcome the new year in evacuation camps in Brgy. Dos, Calamba in Laguna. Due to damages brought about by the typhoons, over 1,000 families are still displaced and live in crowded evacuation centers. (Photos by Buck Pago / AKP Images)
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
While climate change is not a recent phenomenon and is a result of years of destructive practices, most Filipinos do not know much about it until recently. And it has been a hard lesson learned for many Filipinos as it took the destructive effects of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng to drive home the point. The devastating effects of climate change are more intense in poor countries where majority of the people live in poverty.
Signing Up for Relief
By ARNOLD PADILLA
To a certain degree, Executive Order 839 questioned the lies long peddled by the oil companies and staunch defenders of neoliberalism about neoliberal free market economics. If left unchallenged, EO 839 could become a precedent in policy making: that the government, in the name of public good and welfare, could take decisive action against abusive corporations.
By MAO HERMITANIO Contributed to Bulatlat.com Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng may have left the country last month but the need for relief and rehabilitation efforts have not subsided especially in Central Luzon provinces devastated by the surging flood. Volunteers of Tulong Anakpawis from Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Anakpawis Partylist, Task Force Obrero…