POST-SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before protesters after his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler ‘His silence is a great disappointment for workers as we were expecting him to announce the release of an executive order prohibiting all forms of contractualization,’ says labor coalition Nagkaisa
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte made no mention of his popular campaign promise of ending the illegal practice of labor contractualization in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24.
Continue reading Duterte’s silence on workers’ issues in SONA 2017 disappointing – labor unions NO MINING IN WATERSHEDS? Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says President Rodrigo Duterte agrees with her that there should be no mining in watersheds. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo ‘Don’t worry, you’re my Cabinet secretary, and naniniwala rin ako na hindi dapat i-mina ‘yung watersheds,’ Environment Secretary Gina Lopez recalls President Rodrigo Duterte as saying
MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 26, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday, February 23, said President Rodrigo Duterte agrees with her that there should be no mining in the country’s watersheds.
Continue reading Lopez: Duterte agrees no mining in watersheds MORE TO DO. The Philippine government still has tons to accomplish, two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the country in 2013. File photo by Rappler The Philippines targets to ‘complete most of the ongoing projects by 2016,’ or 3 years after Yolanda hit the country
MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 31, 2015) — Two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines, the Philippine government said it has completed only 30.3% of projects and activities to rebuild affected communities.
Continue reading Yolanda rehab – Only 30% complete as 2016 begins