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[Press Release] Environmental advocates hold pre-SONA

Environmental advocates holds pre-SONA Green March and Festival Call for the immediate passage of the ‘green bills’ in PNoy’s last SONA “It’s not hard to be green! Pass the ‘green’ bills NOW!” Two days before President Noynoy Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), over 700 environmental activists marched around the Quezon Memorial Circle,…

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[Press Release] Lobo rejoices for cancellation of mining resolution -ATM

Lobo rejoices for cancellation of mining resolution Citizens of Lobo, Batangas are currently in celebration after a municipal resolution has been passed cancelling an earlier resolution endorsing the mining project of MRL-Egerthon. The resolution by Lobo Councilor Rey Nelson Amparo aiming to cancel the endorsement of the mining project was approved through a unanimous decision…

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[Press Release] Aquino Should Deliver on Rights Promises Final State of Nation Address Should Emphasize Reform -HRW

Philippines: Aquino Should Deliver on Rights Promises Final State of Nation Address Should Emphasize Reform (Manila, July 22, 2015) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III should commit his administration to meaningful human rights reforms in his final State of the Nation Address on July 27, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Aquino’s address may be…

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[Press Release] Teachers to P-Noy, we deserve higher salaries -TDC

Teachers to P-Noy, we deserve higher salaries Public school teachers acknowledge reports of Palace’s approval of the proposed budget for 2016 which includes a salary adjustment for teachers and government employees. Malacanang said that the biggest chunk for 2016 budget goes to the education department. “It is but legal to give the highest budget priority…

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[Press Release] Boxed and botched promises by DAR Region 8

Boxed and botched promises by DAR Region 8 Tacloban City – “Ang CLOA ay sa magsasaka ibinibigay at hindi ipina file sa drawer, ugat ng maraming isyu dito sa lupa ang pagtingin ng DAR Region 8 sa CLOA na isang dokumentong pwedeng basta itago kaya nababalewala, nawawalan ng halaga,” quips Dhon Daganasol, spokesperson of KATARUNGAN…

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[Press Release] Locals renew campaign vs. Centennial ‘mega-dam’ to save Sierra Madre -Pakisama

Locals renew campaign vs. Centennial ‘mega-dam’ to save Sierra Madre Gains more support in time for PNoy’s last SONA Local communities and civil society groups are set to launch a campaign to stop the construction of the New Centennial Water Source Project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program of the Aquino administration. “This ‘mega-dam’ is…

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[Press Release] Social Movements support a binding treaty that will create obligations for transnational corporations to respect human rights -UNHRC

United Nations Human Rights Council: Social Movements support a binding treaty that will create obligations for transnational corporations to respect human rights The Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity – a coalition of 190social movements, networks and organizations from around the world – along with the TreatyAlliance and Swiss social movements have…

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[Press Release] Not alone, never forgotten -UATC

UNITED AGAINST TORTURE COALITION Press Release 27 June 2015 Not alone, never forgotten Activists all over the world took to the streets to demand justice for torture survivors on International Day for Victims of Torture. In the Philippines, the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC) conducted its 9th BRAT! or Basta! Run Against Torture with more…

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[Press Release] Iloilo Cyclists as Modern Day Heroes, Rode for a Human Trafficking Free Philippines -DAKILA

Iloilo Cyclists as Modern Day Heroes, Rode for Freedom on Independence Day Pedal Power for a Human Trafficking Free Philippines In line of the celebration of Independence Day, DAKILA, in partnership with Centralian Cruisers Cycling Club (C4) gathered cyclists and advocates for the Independence Day Freedom Ride in Iloilo City. Iloilo hosted the 117th celebration…

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[Press Release] Foreign agenda is bad cha-cha – PM

Foreign agenda is bad cha-cha – labor group The House of Representatives (HOR) is on the verge of making the biggest historical mistake and disservice to the country today once its members vote for the removal of economic restrictions imposed upon foreign interests by the 1987 Constitution, the labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM) said in…

[Press Release] Farmers, Activists Vow to Intensify Own AR Initiatives vs Govt Failure and Land Grabbing -SARA

Farmers, Activists Vow to Intensify Own AR Initiatives vs Govt Failure and Land Grabbing Escalate the agrarian reform struggle and create a surge of ground initiatives. These are the main calls of farmers organizations and agrarian reform activities as they remember the passage into law of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) 27 years ago.…

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[Press Release] Rights and environmental defenders challenge PNoy, Congress and Senate to be green -#ItsNeverHardToBeGREEN

Rights and environmental defenders challenge PNoy, Congress and Senate to be green In celebration of the World Environment Day 2015, human rights and environmental defenders launch a campaign that tells the public and the government that “It’s Never Hard to be Green.” Green defenders led by SOS Yamang Bayan Network (SOS YB), Campaign for Land…

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[Press Release] Two Filipino anti-child trafficking organizations attended workshop on protecting children’s rights through efficient data management in Cambodia -TDH

Two Filipino anti-child trafficking organizations attended workshop on protecting children’s rights through efficient data management in Cambodia The Philippine Against Child Trafficking (PACT) and Zamboanga based NGO, Tanglaw Buhay Center- Katilingban sa Kalambuan Inc. (KKI) represented the Philippines in the three-day data management workshop, “Protecting children’s rights through efficient data management” sponsored by Terre des…

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[Press Release] Teachers’ protest welcomes school year -TDC

Teachers’ protest to welcome school year The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Ating Guro Partylist staged a protest in Welcome Rotonda that featured lighting of candles, a noise barrage and poetry and street theater performances to bring their messages to the government. “Education sector gets the highest attention every school opening, however, the plight of…